Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Save patient safety agency before it’s too late

Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:54 AM
This week, while the public was focused on how the Supreme Court would rule on health care insurance exchanges, Congress was at work eliminating funding for an agency that's part of the Public Health Service. Why should you care? You should if you want to know which drugs, medical devices and clinical... Read more

It’s a dog’s life: the growing challenge of pet obesity

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Dogs are an integral part of the American family. Our dogs attend daycare, enjoy visits to the spa, and accompany their families on vacation—sometimes staying in pet-friendly hotels that serve gourmet dog food. Pooches can have dedicated electronic devices; a sizable number have accounts... Read more

Maternal mortality: A problem with solutions

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:30 AM
Rates of maternal mortality (deaths within one year of the end of a pregnancy) are too high in the United States and too high in Philadelphia. There are solutions to this problem. That is the conclusion of an investigative report issued last month by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. A... Read more

Should you worry about MERS?

Friday, June 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
With more than 1,600 people quarantined in South Korea and outbreaks elsewhere, you may be wondering: what is MERS and do I need to worry? Here are some quick facts: MERS (technically MERS-CoV) stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus. In plain language, MERS is a viral respiratory... Read more

Philadelphia’s rankings: good for visitors, bad for us

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Philadelphians gleefully share a lot of city rankings with pride. And why not: It’s a great feeling to be part of this vibrant community! The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau notes that the city was ranked 14 among the“25 Best Cities for shopping.” says we... Read more

Jeb Bush clowns around on climate change

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:43 PM
The GOP anti-climate change clown car dropped Gov. Jeb Bush off at a New Hampshire house party Wednesday, where the yet-to-announce 2016 presidential candidate took umbrage with those who claim there is consensus about man-made climate change. “For the people to say the science is decided on... Read more

Public health in practice: A WASH interview with Timothy Hayden

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
Last month, Timothy Hayden returned to Australia (where I’m currently based) after coordinating the WASH activities Aspen Medical for four remote Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia. I interviewed him about his work there and in other regions of the globe—including the Philippines, the Solomon... Read more

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
About this blog

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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