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World AIDS Day Events!

There are two World AIDS Day events coming up this week at Tufts!

World AIDS Day: Movie Screening
“Mohammad and the Matchmaker”
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Time: Noon
Location: SK 316

Join us for a screening of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Documentary: “Mohammad and the Matchmaker,” a film about HIV/AIDS in Iran. This film features Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei, our guests at the Tufts World AIDS Day lecture this Thursday. Catch a glimpse of their work in action before you see them speak!
Lunch & snacks will be served.

Cosponsors: Community Health Advocates at Tufts, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts


Tufts World AIDS Day 2012 Lecture
“Health & Human Rights: The Challenges of Combatting HIV/AIDS in Iran”
Date: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m
Location: Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center
Reception to follow

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are honored to host two distinguished speakers, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei, two Iranian physicians who have received international attention for their work in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Alaei and Dr. Alaei co-authored Iran’s National Strategic Plan for the Control of HIV/AIDS 2002-2007, and were awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund to control HIV/AIDS in Iran. Accolades include:

Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science in 2009
Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council in June 2011
Inaugural Award for Leadership in Health and Human Rights by PAHO/WHO in Dec. 2011
Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV by The Foundation for AIDS Research and the International AIDS Society in July 2012

This is a university-wide event, and is open to the public. Questions? Contact M’15, and M’13.

Cosponsors: Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Global Health Interest Group, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Global Health TUSM, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts

CHAT Presidential Election Panel- MONDAY!!!
| October 12, 2012 | 3:47 pm | Social Event, Uncategorized | No comments

All are welcome to attend the Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT)’s Presidential Election Panel!

DATE: Monday Oct 15th, 2012

TIME: 3:45-5:00pm

LOCATION: Sackler 221

Come enjoy food and a chance to learn more about the upcoming Presidential Election!


1. Malisa Schuyler, Tufts Medical Center Director of Government Relations

2. Marcia M. Boumil, J.D, L.L.M, Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine

3. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director for Health Care for All

4. Health Care for All Organizer

Spanish Conversation Group
| October 10, 2012 | 10:02 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Looking to practice your Spanish speaking skills? Ally Barnes, a first year HCOM student, is looking to put a group together to work on speaking Spanish, particularly within a healthcare/public health context. The plan is to meet once a week, or once every two weeks, for an hour to speak only in Spanish and to discuss issues related to public health in the Latino community here in the US, as well as Latin America. There would also be some social activities, such as going out for tapas, seeing Spanish films, etc. If you would be interested in joining the group, or would like more information, please contact Ally at Native speakers are especially encouraged to join!

CHAT Mixer!
| August 28, 2012 | 9:00 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

All are welcome to attend CHAT’s fall welcome mixer!

DATE: Thursday September 13, 2012


LOCATION: Jaharis Cafe/ Courtyard

We’ll provide snacks and a chance to learn more about the group!

Sexual Assault Advocate Training
| August 8, 2012 | 6:28 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Here is the link to information about a sexual assault advocate training put on by Health Imperatives and A New Day Trainings and Workshops.

Attend all the sessions at a discounted rate of $250.00 or choose individual sessions at the rate of $35.00 each. The schedule is listed in the link given above and sessions span from August 20th-August 24th.

Participants who complete the entire week will earn a certificate that qualifies them to work at a Massachusetts Department of Public Health Certified Sexual Assault Program.

Social Media and CHAT
| July 22, 2012 | 9:57 am | Uncategorized | No comments

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter!

AIDS 2012
| July 19, 2012 | 9:30 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Notice from the Kaiser Family Foundation:

In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Kaiser Family Foundation is the official webcaster of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) – the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. Kaiser will provide online access to the daily developments that take place at the conference in Washington, D.C. beginning this Sunday, July 22.

Tune in to the live webcast of the Opening Session on Sunday, July 22 at 19:00 (7 p.m. ET).  The Closing Session will also be webcast live on Friday, July 27 at 15:15 (3:15 p.m. ET).  Throughout the conference, Kaiser will provide webcasts, podcasts (in English and Spanish) and transcripts of roughly 50 other conference sessions.

Additionally, on Friday, July 19, the Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute will present a webcast featuring leading conference speakers discussing expectations of the conference and on July 27, they’ll take a look at what was accomplished at AIDS 2012, what still needs to be done and begin to look ahead to AIDS 2014.  Kaiser’s AIDS 2012 conference coverage, including live webcasts, will be available at  Visit the page now to see a guide to conference coverage.
| July 18, 2012 | 7:40 am | Uncategorized | No comments

With the Supreme Court upholding the ACA, it’s time to dig into what that really means. Join BYHP & co-sponsors for Affordable Care Act & the Supreme Court: The Future of Healthcare Reform on July 18!
The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will dramatically impact healthcare, law and politics for years to come. Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, Providers for Progress, the Indian Medical Association of New England, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston invite you to a fantastic panel discussion for young leaders in Boston about the far-reaching consequences of the decision both locally and nationally.

Join legal and healthcare professionals to learn from a panel of experts about how the Supreme Court decision on the ACA will affect your field, from biotech to provider to payer to lawyer and beyond. The event will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded young leaders in Boston!

Panelists include national leaders in health policy, healthcare law, and organized medicine.


Where: Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education at Tufts University, Room 114, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111.
When: July 18, 7-9pm.
Who: Members of the sponsoring organizations, guests and interested non-members.
Tickets: Free for members (please enter the code from your organization to access the free ticket), $12 for non-members in advance, $15 cash at the door.
Format: Panel discussion and Q&A. There will be time for informal conversations and networking following the panel.
Appetizers and cash bar.

This event WILL SELL OUT, buy your tickets in advance!


Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA: senior fellow at New England Health Institute, a Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellow (Harvard Medical School/Harvard Kennedy School) as well as chair-elect of the American College of Physicians Council of Associates. Dr. Bhatt is a former President of American Medical Student Association and Zuckerman Fellow at the Kennedy School. He is interested in innovation in community health delivery and will provide the clinican’s perspective on federal policy changes on the panel.

Renee Landers, Esq.: professor of Health Law and Administrative Law at Suffolk University Law School. Most recently, Prof. Landers co-authored a definitive article on the Affordable Care Act in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled: Perspective, Supreme Court Review of the Health Care Reform Law, (366 NEW ENG. J. MED. 977 (2012)). Prof. Landers has spoken in various media outlets with respect to the Affordable Care Act, most notably CNN and NECN. Always a trailblazer in the legal profession, Prof. Landers is the first woman attorney of color to serve as President of the Boston Bar Association.

Amy Lischko, PhD: associate professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine and fellow at the Pioneer Institute. Dr. Lischko is a former commissioner of the State’s Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and former director of Health Policy under Governor Mitt Romney. Dr. Lischko has published numerous journal articles on Massachusetts health care reform and health policy more broadly.

Regina Rockefeller, Esq.: partner at Nixon Peabody’s Health Services Group. Ms. Rockefeller has been selected as a “Hero of the Field, a health care attorney whose clients consistently sing her praises” by the Massachusetts Medical Law Report’s 4th Annual Rx for Excellence Awards (2011). She has published numerous health law articles on topics of importance to health care providers. She served as the only lawyer on the Massachusetts Medical Society Task Force on Hospital Conversions and Mergers. Ms. Rockefeller represents and advises hospitals, physicians, group medical practices, accountable care organizations, captive insurers, faculty medical practice plans, continuing care retirement communities and other health care providers. She also advises health care providers on cost-effective compliance with HIPAA, HITECH and state data breach laws and defends health care professionals before state licensing boards.

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The Affordable Care Act
| June 28, 2012 | 9:21 pm | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Today will be known as a monumental day in history. The Supreme Court upheld the health care law in a 5-4 ruling. This is considered a huge success for President Obama.

What do you think this means for the future of public health? What will change in terms of health advocacy? Comments are welcome!

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Boston Young Healthcare Professionals – Winter Networking Event
| January 25, 2012 | 3:47 pm | Uncategorized | No comments

Boston Young Healthcare Professionals has announced its first panel & networking event of 2012!

BYHP and Pricewaterhouse Cooper have collaborated to provide an opportunity for health professionals from across Boston to network and to hear from a panel of experts representing a diverse range of health care professions, including physicians, insurers, and consumer advocates.

The panel will discuss the key issues facing local and national healthcare industry in 2012! Panelists include Brian Rosman of Health Care For All and Serena Foong, Senior Manager of PwC’s Health Research Institute.

When: Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: PwC Offices, 125 High Street, 11th Floor, Boston


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