Written by: Sophie Egan and Cristin Weekley In 1984, the posthumously famous 18-year-old, Libby Zion, died in an emergency room in part because she had been left in the care of two sleep-deprived, under-supervised residents. At the time, doctors regularly worked 36-hour shifts. Over decades of crusading by Libby’s father Sidney Zion, among others, reform […]Read more "Public Health Is…Including Doctors in the “Public” in Public Health"
Written by Christina Moore, Edited by Nancy Pham Coughing spells at night, vomiting after dinner, and severe fatigue – not symptoms usually associated with a healthy high school freshman. No medical diagnosis could be offered, so the family practitioner prescribed nausea medication to decrease the vomiting, but the fatigue continued and the coughing spells lasted […]Read more "Public Health is…Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others"
by Lila Rubenstein and Dario Maciel Indulge us for a moment in a little exercise; use your imagination. Put on a blindfold and throw a dart at a world map. If your aim is decent, and you hit a landmass, consider that you’ve just determined the location of your birthplace. By chance alone, your dart […]Read more "Public Health is…Healthcare Access for Everyone"
by Mandy Murphy, RD and Brittany Giles When do healthy habits begin? As a teenager? As a tween? As a toddler? Research reveals that healthy habits begin in the womb and continue to be formed throughout the first two years of life. Choices made during pregnancy are paramount for maternal and child health far […]Read more "Public Health is…Healthy Pregnancies"
In the U.S. we spend $98 billion on hospitalizations from pregnancies and childbirths each year. This is the largest amount spent by any country in the world! Yet we are ranked 50th for maternal mortality. Countries across the globe, 49 in fact, are doing a much better job at keeping women and their newborns alive. […]Read more "Public Health is…Humanizing Births"