Health News

You Can Ask BU’s Public Health Dean Anything

Sandro Galea is holding a Reddit AMA about disasters and public health.
Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea’s Reddit announcement/Photo provided

In the wake of disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many of us feel helpless. We question how to help, what to do, and how affected communities will recover. These are heavy questions without easy answers—but Sandro Galea, the dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health, is trying to help shed some light.

On Wednesday at 2 p.m., Galea will hold his first-ever Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), on the topic of disasters and public health. (If you’re not familiar with the internet phenomenon, check out this piece the Atlantic ran a few years ago.) You can ask Galea your questions about storm aftermath, public health ramifications, how disasters affect mental health, or anything else running through your mind.

And in true AMA spirit, the conversation is free to wander away from disasters, too. Not sure what to ask? Galea is a noted physician and epidemiologist with interests including urban health, substance abuse, mass traumas, and mood and anxiety disorders. He’s also been vocal about everything from DACA and President Trump’s election to social justice and gun control. In short: If you’ve got big questions, he’s probably got big answers.

Galea’s AMA link goes live at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at which point you can begin submitting questions. Go forth and be curious.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Health Editor at Boston Magazine jducharme@bostonmagazine.com


In This Section

Best of Boston 2017: Services

Best of Boston 2017: Services

Including organic facials and the ultimate personal assistant.

Fitness

Fitness

The best running city in the country has infinite ways to exercise.

Breathing

Breathing

From seasonal allergies to more serious conditions, get tips for breathing well this Fall.