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Is a Cancer Crisis Trailing the Pandemic? – Politico

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about deferred primary and preventative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is kind of like a natural experiment that might give us some clues, a little more data, on what the real benefit [is] of some of these assumptions we have about the importance of screening and frequent examinations and medical testing,” says Woloshin.

In Memoriam—Alan Ivan Green, MD (1943–2020) – Nature

Read article – A column co-authored by Paul Holtzheimer, associate professor of psychiatry, remembering the life of former Geisel professor Alan Green, who died in November 2020. Green served as the chair of the Department of Psychiatry for 18 years, was a professor of pharmacology and molecular and systems biology, served as the associate dean for clinical and translational science, and was the director of the NIH-funded Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “These impressive academic, administrative and research accomplishments do not fully capture the essence of Alan. He was upbeat, curious, energetic, warm, caring of others and always available. He maintained this optimism, this empathy for others in pain in spite of a life marked by serious and persistent health challenges. He will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know him,” said Holtzheimer and his co-authors.

$3.35M Going to Cancer Research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Associated Press

Read article – Quotes Steven Leach, the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Professor and director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), in an article about three new gifts totaling $3.35 million that will go toward cancer immunotherapy research and teaching at NCCC. The three gifts were made by Paul Guyre, emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology; Bob Barber, whose wife, Esther, was treated at the center; and Justin Gmelich and Victoria Hall Gmelich ’91. “These drugs take the brakes off the immune system and allow it to recognize, treat and cure a cancer, just as it would an infection,” says Leach. (Picked up by San Francisco Chronicle, WCAX, and NBC 5.)

Vermont Has Promised Equal Vaccine Access for People of Color. Will It Be Enough? – VTDigger

Read article – Quotes Anne Sosin, program director for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, in an article about Vermont state officials’ vow to ensure that people of color in Vermont have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. “The reason why we want to prioritize communities of color right now is because [they’re] at much greater risk of infection and of transmitting to other people,” said Sosin. “An approach that only focuses on delivery barriers doesn’t fully attend to concerns around equity.”

How This Mission-Driven Change Agent Is Disrupting Healthcare – Entrepreneur

Read article – Features an interview with Clancy “Si” France, Tuck ’08, MED ’08. In the interview, France discusses his company WelbeHealth, which is on the front lines of COVID-19 helping the elderly in California get access to care. The article mentions that during his time at Dartmouth, France took classes with professors who were working on both how to change the healthcare system and fix what was broken.

Who’s Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine? States Should Be Required to Tell Us Much More – AZ Central

Read article – Quotes Anne Sosin, program director for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, in an article about how Black, Latino, and other minority communities are falling behind in COVID-19 vaccination. Sosin comments on the connection between the low vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy. “Vaccine hesitancy is a real concern, but I worry that focus on vaccine hesitancy is a way to deflect responsibility for equitable distribution on the front end,” says Sosin. (Picked up by MSN. Similar coverage in Becker’s Hospital Review.)

These States Had Big Plans for Addressing Covid Disparities. They’re Still Struggling to Vaccinate Underserved Communities. – Politico

Read article – Quotes Anne Sosin, program director for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, in an article about vaccine hesitancy in underserved communities. “Vaccine hesitancy is a real concern, but I worry that focus on vaccine hesitancy is a way to deflect responsibility for equitable distribution on the front end,” said Sosin.

Dartmouth Psychiatrist Publishes Groundbreaking PTSD Study – New Hampshire Union Leader

Read article – A feature story about a study led by Matthew Friedman, professor of psychiatry, that revealed changes in the brains of those afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The research—which found marked differences in the brains of males and females diagnosed with PTSD—could have important treatment implications. “We’re beginning to be able to understand how traumatic experiences affect gene expression and therefore how that affects different people,” says Friedman.