Life on Albany Street Hackathon


A hackathon is traditionally considered to be an event, lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. The Activist Lab is applying that concept to real-world activism in public health. This fall, the Activist Lab is hosting the first hackathon and the theme is Life on Albany. Where … Continue reading “Life on Albany Street Hackathon”

Published on August 22nd, 2017 in Advocacy Training | Tags: , , ,

Advocacy Bootcamp


This all-day team-based workshop will teach you crucial advocacy skills, such as how to define and frame an issue, how to build coalitions, how to develop and implement a strategic plan, and how to testify in a legislative hearing. You will learn these skills and apply them in a case study. Previous topics have included … Continue reading “Advocacy Bootcamp”

Published on August 15th, 2017 in Advocacy Training | Tags: ,

Life on Albany Photo Gallery

Portrait from Life on Albany Gallery

  The School of Public Health sits next to an area unfortunately characterized as “Methadone Mile,” a stretch of Albany Street including Boston Medical Center, a homeless shelter, and a number of drug treatment facilities. To confront this stigmatizing narrative, the Activist Lab’s educational technologist, Liam Hunt, created the Life on Albany photo series, showing the faces of people … Continue reading “Life on Albany Photo Gallery”

Life on Albany Committee


The mission of the Life on Albany Committee is to discuss and develop initiatives across Boston University’s School of Public Health that address the issues of homelessness, substance abuse disorders, and mental illness on Albany Street as is our responsibility/prerogative both as a neighbor and a public health institution. Our goal is to build awareness … Continue reading “Life on Albany Committee”

Gail Douglas Award

Winners of the Gail Douglas award

The Activist Lab is proud to present the Gail Douglas Award, given annually to one of our valued public health practice partners. Established in 2006, this award honors a practitioner who exhibits ongoing dedication to the BU SPH community through establishing meaningful practicum projects, collaborating with SPH faculty on practice-based research, or acting as an … Continue reading “Gail Douglas Award”

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