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HPH Weekly: Why clubhouses work

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Jo Zhou
February 1, 2024
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Why clubhouses work

75 years ago, Fountain House launched the first “clubhouse” for people with serious mental illness. Since then, hundreds of clubhouses have been established globally. Our first Public Health in Action event looks at why the clubhouse model has stood the test of time. In a 30-minute conversation, Michael Fitzgerald, HPH editor in chief, talks to Aida Mejia, Fountain House member; Josh Seidman, one of the organization’s executives; and Francesca Pernice, a psychologist.

Watched the video? Here’s more from the Public Health in Action series.

Fiona Lowenstein interviews Rebel Health author Susannah Fox

The book cover for “Rebel health: A field guide to the patient-led revolution in medical care” by susannah fox. The cover is bright yellow with a silhouette of a protesting crowd in dark blue at the bottom. Four blue lines extend from the type of the cover. The cover is on a dark blue-speckled background.
Book cover: MIT PRESS

Rebel Health author Susannah Fox says the old model of health care operated on a “no questions asked” basis: patients would be expected to defer to their doctors from start to finish. Now, a seismic shift has taken place in which patients are taking a much more active role in their care—and Fox argues that will make the field, and the science that drives it, stronger. As she told HPH’s Fiona Lowenstein, “You’re going to want to have health rebels on your health care team.”

HPH wins NIHCM support for a year-long series on data in health

HPH is thrilled to be a 2024 NIHCM Foundation journalism grantee! In a year-long series of articles funded by the grant, we’ll focus on how data is gathered, shared, and used to improve health outcomes—and how that can be done better, especially for underserved communities. Here’s a sample of what’s to come:

A small town struggles to survive losing its only hospital

An empty hallway in a closed hospital in Mississippi.
Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today

Patients’ Choice Medical Center was the only hospital in Belzoni, Mississippi. It closed in 2013, and the public health aftershocks continue to be felt in and around the small (and shrinking) town. “You can’t really convince people to move to a small town that does not have a hospital,” says Joe Jackson, the town’s mayor.

This article was originally published by Mississippi Today and Public Health Watch.

Untrained bystanders can administer drone-delivered naloxone, study shows

Drone carries first aid box to a pair of outstretched hands.
lakshmiprasad / iStock

Drones aren’t just for Amazon deliveries. The technology could offer a surprising solution to America’s fight against opioid overdoses, according to a new study. When drones provided naloxone and a video demonstrating how to use the nasal spray to counteract an opioid overdose, bystanders were able to administer it to a mannequin (simulating an overdose victim) in just 62 seconds, on average. That’s much faster than the average response time for first responders in rural America.

This article was originally published by The Conversation.

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Jo Zhou is the social media manager and audience engagement specialist at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Jo Zhou.