Category: Community Health

A Q&A with Weinberg’s Thomas McDade

Thomas McDade, Northwestern professor and biological anthropologist, is revolutionizing the way population-based biological data is collected and studied. Using biomarkers from finger-stick blood spot samples, McDade studies how social and physical environments affect immune function and inflammation, which contribute to the risk for disease. He is also the director of Northwestern’s Laboratory for Human Biology

Global Health students work to perfect technologies that aid in kangaroo mother care

Several students have recently returned from South Africa, where they worked testing various technologies developed for maternal and neonatal healthcare. As part of the Global Health program, students from various levels – undergrads as well as graduates – are working on developing appropriate technologies for new mothers and babies.  Among the most important of these

A Map to Health, Happiness and Long Life

Michael Diamond’s healthcare debate is a lot simpler than the one in Washington. For him, it boils down to one main question: how do we get available services to people right here at home? “One of the biggest problems in Chicago is the tremendous disparity in health, not only in terms of outcomes, but also

NU students help shape the future of Evanston public health

Public health in Chicago is not getting better, according to infectious disease expert and Northwestern University associate professor Rebecca Wurtz. But in Evanston, change is on the horizon, thanks to a recent partnership between Wurtz’s Introduction to Public Health class and the Evanston Health Department. Wurtz, who served as president of the Chicago Board of