When we think of health, we tend to think of it as an individual concern, a private matter between doctor and patient. We like to tell ourselves that a combination of lifestyle choices and genetics determine our health. Bullsh*t. Public health is the radical notion that health is political. We study how society and environment […]Read more "Public Health is…Voting"
Earlier this summer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cleared its last major political hurdle, following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the law as constitutional. Now that uncertainty about the law’s fate has largely dissipated (repeal is difficult, even after the election), healthcare leaders are shifting their focus to figuring out how in […]Read more "Public Health Is…Building a Strong Healthcare Workforce"
Have you been feeling under the weather lately? Experiencing headache, fatigue, chest pain, or stomach upset? It might not be an illness, it might be stress. Generally we try to avoid stress, but stress can be either bad or good. Distress is the negative emotion that happens in response to unpleasant events (ex: losing your […]Read more "Public Health Is…Stress Managment"
It was 1846 in Vienna when a man named Ignaz Semmelweis made the connection that doctors who were not washing their hands between performing autopsies and delivering babies were spreading puerperal fever to those mothers giving birth. As this discovery was well before the understanding of germs, he blamed cadaverous particles for causing these infections. […]Read more "Public Health is…Good Hand Hygiene"
This week, large recalls of peanut products and outbreak of E. coli O157:H7in beef serve as a reminder that the food we consume is often processed on a large scale and comes from far-off places. The increasing rate and scope of foodborne outbreaks reminds us that we must be mindful of our food choices and […]Read more "Public health is…Critically Examining your (Global) Food."