Saturday, April 25, 2015

Philadelphia succeeds without 'asylums'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts about the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. As far as health issues go, matters of behavioral health present unique challenges, both for those struggling with disorders and for the broader community as well. The majority of people with... Read more

Technology and health posts: The Bad, The Good, and The Smelly

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30 AM
Here are some interesting—downright prehistoric—websites and posts about technology and public health. I love museums but I’m starting to have trouble with some of the items on display: typewriters and rotary telephones, for example. I just hate it when things I’m quite familiar... Read more

Has conversion therapy finally met its demise?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 AM
The White House took a major step recently when President Obama called for an end to “conversion” or “reparative” therapies for LGBTQ youth. These types of therapies aim to “cure” homosexuals and those on the transgender spectrum, with the end goal of allowing LGBTQ... Read more

Charting a course toward fewer gun deaths in America

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Twenty years ago, when I started my teaching and research in gun violence prevention policy, the murder rate in the U.S. was roughly double than what it is today. While it’s difficult to pinpoint why and many theories exist, it’s safe to say that homicide rates have decreased as a result... Read more

World Health Day: Food Safety

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:12 AM
April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is food safety. According to the World Health Organization unsafe food causes approximately 2 million deaths annually worldwide and 23,000 deaths in the United States. Food with contaminants (from bacteria to chemicals) is responsible for more than... Read more

Psychiatric patients aren’t the only ones in need of “asylum”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:58 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. You may not know it, but there’s a huge fight going on that affects the future of everyone with autism and/or intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD). Right now, adults with... Read more

Who needs diets?

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Search for “diet books” on amazon.com and you’ll get more than 150,000 results. Another website will tell you that an estimated 45 million Americans diet each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a healthy weight site with advice and the USDA's nutrition.gov... Read more

Housing, not asylums

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) University of Pennsylvania bioethicists argued that “prisons have become the nation’s largest mental... Read more

Women doctors, Hollywood movies

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 AM
Many films during Hollywood’s Golden Age (the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s) presented competent career women who, by the end of the movie, turned their backs on their successful careers to become happy homemakers, wives and mothers. The exception? Women physicians. Yes, there was marriage... Read more

App lets gamers play Disease Detective

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
“Solve the Outbreak,” a free app developed for the general public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immerses game players in the world of Disease Detectives, the CDC’s equivalent of a SWAT team. These members of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are the on-the-ground... Read more
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What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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