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How can we make our families, communities, and our world a little bit better during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond? That’s the question we’re asking on Better Off, a new podcast from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In each episode of Better Off, host Anna Fisher-Pinkert will introduce you to the people who are hunting down solutions to current public health challenges, and innovating to solve public health problems that we haven’t even imagined yet.

Better Off Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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    • 4.5 • 65 Ratings

How can we make our families, communities, and our world a little bit better during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond? That’s the question we’re asking on Better Off, a new podcast from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In each episode of Better Off, host Anna Fisher-Pinkert will introduce you to the people who are hunting down solutions to current public health challenges, and innovating to solve public health problems that we haven’t even imagined yet.

    Update: We’re better off when we can breathe easy

    Update: We’re better off when we can breathe easy

    While you wait for new episodes of Better Off, we wanted to give you an update on our very first episode about indoor air. In the last two years, Joseph Allen has been talking about indoor air and health all over the country in schools and businesses -- and most recently at the White House. Joe Allen updates us on what has changed, and what's next for indoor air policy.

    • 22 min
    We're better off when we unstick the stereotypes around eating disorders

    We're better off when we unstick the stereotypes around eating disorders

    Eating disorders affect a population the size of the state of Texas, cost the economy tens of billions of dollars, and kill 10,000 Americans per year. If eating disorders are so common, expensive, and deadly, why don't we talk about them more? Bryn Austin, director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED), says we need to start by getting rid of our "sticky" stereotypes about who is affected by eating disorders.

    • 18 min
    We’re better off when we age with resilience

    We’re better off when we age with resilience

    During the earliest days of the pandemic, younger people were told to protect the older adults in their lives from COVID-19 by isolating at home. Concerns about the virus and pandemic restrictions have taken a toll on everyone's mental well-being. But it turns out that when it comes to mental health, older adults might actually be faring better than their children and grandchildren. On this episode of Better Off, aging and mental health expert Oliva Okereke explains why.

    Guest: Olivia Okereke, associate professor in the department of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School, director of geriatric psychiatry in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

    • 22 min
    We're better off with Juneteenth

    We're better off with Juneteenth

    In a special bonus episode, recorded a day before Juneteenth was made a federal holiday, we listen in on a conversation between Opal Lee, an activist and teacher often called the "grandmother of Juneteenth," and Harvard University professors Annette Gordon-Reed and Evelyn Hammonds.

    • 20 min
    We're better off with health equity

    We're better off with health equity

    This spring, public health officials have been laser-focused on getting more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. So why do racial disparities persist around vaccination? And once more Americans are vaccinated, how do we ensure that Black and Latino families aren’t left vulnerable to future public health crises? In the latest episode of Better Off, Mary Bassett talks about the historical roots of health inequities, and the big changes needed to close those gaps.

    Guest: Mary T. Bassett, director of the François Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

    • 17 min
    We’re better off when we stop pandemics before they start

    We’re better off when we stop pandemics before they start

    When Aaron (Ari) Bernstein met his first pediatric patient infected with COVID-19, he realized that this little girl's health was connected to an infected bat on the other side of the world. Climate change and deforestation have made it easier for new pathogens to spread across the globe. On this episode of Better Off, Ari Bernstein explains how protecting the environment could also secure the future of our own species.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Arlie K ,

You're better off for listening!

This podcast is a new favorite! Better Off is informative, thought-provoking, and engaging... no matter the topic, I learn something from every episode! Highly recommend.

lilcutie92 ,

Amazing Podcast and Cover!!!

Such an informative podcast and such an AMAZING cover art! A job well done.

Mixednutz2 ,

Help!

We need a Podcast with the health issues we are having out here, said in layman’s terms. Can you please do that for your readers? I think that might be 1 reason these type Podcast aren’t very well attended. We thank you in advance!!

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