Pitch Partners² Announces First Seed Funding Awards

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health The Center for Community Health Partnership and Research announces $10,000 in seed funding for each of three public health-related projects through its Pitch Partners² program. The projects were originally “pitched” to a  group of community members, organizations and faculty at a Pitch Partners […]

Small acts of kindness

Written by Karen Shymanski, communications manager at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis The holidays can bring out the best, and the worst, in people. The best – many are in a giving spirit and look for ways in which they can give back to their community. The worst – […]

Moving beyond mental illness to mental health and wellbeing

When the conversation moves to mental health, there is a tendency to think about diagnostic categories. This is largely the result of an emphasis on mental illness in public funding for the mental health system. Given limited dollars and resources, we focus on those with critical needs, individuals with serious mental illness. Diseases such as […]

Drug policy, public health, and wellness

Written by Richard Grucza, PhD, MPE, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine My colleagues and I have long been interested in policies that restrict young peoples’ legal access to alcohol and tobacco. We’ve learned that restricting drinking or smoking during the teen years has long term benefits such […]

Keeping the calm: Taking your summer vacation mind into the school year

Written by April Houston, MSW/MPH, graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis The start of a new school year is a stressful time for many – students, teachers, and parents included. Summer is often a more laid back time of year, with less deadlines and more daylight available for leisure activities. Perhaps you were […]

Back to school and back to sleep…zzzzz

Written by Karla Keaney, M.D., pediatrics specialist at Esse Health It’s that season yet again! Getting the school supplies ready, the clothes laid out, and juggling multiple schedules are just the beginning of the back-to-school rush. There are a huge range of emotions that many experience – from enthusiasm to anxiety and for some, even indifference. As […]

Your ‘new you’ resolution

Written by Emily Page, employee wellness manager at Washington University in St. Louis As the new year gets underway, many of us feel a renewed sense to align our lifestyle with our personal values and priorities. The fact that time is marching forward, perhaps a little faster than we may want, sparks a desire within […]