The pandemic has made public health more visible than ever before.  But it’s always been there in the background. And it touches all aspects of our lives, from how we design our cities to what we feed our kids.

For National Public Health Week, The MHC Group partnered with Brown University’s School of Public Health to create a 5-part podcast series examining some of the other aspects of Public Health. I interviewed experts on topics from toxicity in plastics to race and genetics.

You can subscribe to the series and listen here.

Megan Hall moderating a panel discussion on wind farms, fishing, and climate change.

On January 30th, the MHC Group helped The Public’s Radio and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society host a community conversation about how wind farms and fisheries might co-exist in the age of climate change.

Megan Hall moderated the event and Tom Van Buskirk handled the recording, mixing, and equipment.

An edited version of Divided Waters aired this Sunday at 2 pm. If you missed it on the radio, you can listen here.

Megan Hall interviewing Jeremy Radtke at the open house for CIC’s podcast studio

Check out our new digs! The MHC Group now has an office at CIC Providence, a flexible workspace at 225 Dyer St, in downtown Providence.

We’re on the fourth floor, right next door to the CIC’s podcast studio. We use this studio to record all of our Possibly episodes. We also offer podcasting “office hours” once a week for other members of the CIC.

Come on over and visit us sometime!

Rich Puddy, director of the CDC’s Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office (PRADO), Kristin Danko, Assistant Professor at Brown’s Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health (CESH), Megan Hall of the MHC Group, and Jim Kucik, deputy director of PRADO.

We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta! The MHC Group teamed up with Kristin Danko from Brown’s Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health to teach a two-day course on Rapid Reviews at the CDC.

Thank you to Rich Puddy and Jim Kucik for inviting us! Looking forward to coming back soon.

PS- if you’re wondering what a rapid review is, take a look at the online version of our course here.

In July of 2008, the New York Times published an article about college students who don’t leave town after they graduate. The article, by Brown grad Rachel Aviv, featured a picture of me set against the Providence skyline.

The caption under the photo was, “Come commencement, many linger for months or become townies for life. Megan Hall, a 2004 Brown graduate from Oregon, stayed on in Providence, R.I.” 

The article gave the impression that young graduates were loafing around their college towns until they found some direction. At the time, I was 26 and already a Fulbright Scholar and a full-time radio reporter.

I’m proud to say living in Rhode Island wasn’t a passing phase.

EvSynth is headed to Scotland

This just in- the EvSynth team is headed to the 25th Cochrane Collaborative Colloquium in Edinburgh!

The Cochrane Colloquium is an annual event that brings people together to “discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-informed health care.” This year, the theme is “Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions” and patients, not just researchers, are encouraged to attend.

The MHC Group has been helping the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health (CESH) design free, online courses about evidence synthesis for the past year. At the Cochrane Colloquium, the EvSynth team will be giving a short oral presentation about that process. The talk is called “Free and open access online systematic review curriculum for broad audiences.”

Stay tuned for more details!

Announcing Possibly

If you listened to Rhode Island Public Radio on Sunday at 2 pm, you might have heard the pilot for our new show: Possibly.

More than a year ago, Brown professor Stephen Porder approached Torey Malatia from Rhode Island Public Radio with an idea:  we all know that humans are destroying the planet, but how many of us know what to do about it? What if a radio show could use science to break down the difference between nice ideas and real solutions?  Torey was intrigued and asked Stephen to make a few episodes.

The MHC Group worked with Stephen to take that initial idea and turn it into a 20-minute episode on the future of food. We worked hand in hand with journalist Nancy Pick to develop the script and enlisted musician Tom Van Buskirk to create theme music and sound design.

We’re now hard at work on episode 2. Stay tuned!