Boston University School of Public Health

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A vehicle to practice real world activism.

Knowing how to create a healthier world is not enough: that knowledge has to be turned into action. The Activist Lab is a catalyst for the School and the community to engage workers in model programs, drive policy and system improvements, and inspire public health leadership.

The three methods through which the Activist Lab does its work are to educate, innovate, and advocate. Educate through university learning and workforce training programs to develop and maintain a skilled public health workforce, including running three major state and federally funded training centers, and integrating advocacy training into the SPH community and curriculum. Innovate by engaging local partners to find effective solutions to challenging urban public health issues, including helping residents of the Lenox-Camden Housing Development access neighborhood health and wellness programs at the nearby Blackstone Community Center. And advocate by championing smart, enduring policies around issues like gun violence and housing to improve public health.

“Now more than ever, we must educate ourselves about contemporary issues, and participate fully in solutions to those problems,” says Harold Cox, associate dean for public health practice and director of the Activist Lab. “We must also teach current and future leaders how to advocate about social issues, and speak out for marginalized individuals whose voices are often misunderstood or not heard at all.”

Yes, we are idealistic.  And, we are also earnest, eager, and excited to train future leaders as well as make a difference in the world.

Activist Lab Staff

Together, we are the Activist Lab! With the help of our BU SPH and Community partners, we take a head-on approach to tackling the most challenging public health issues and advocate for lasting improvements for the health of our communities. Emily Barbo Communications Specialist Emily helps tell the story of the Activist Lab within BUSPH, … Continue reading “Activist Lab Staff”

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