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Are we prepared for the next emergency?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
Our ability to stop terrorists from turning passenger planes into missiles wasn't the nation's only deficiency back 13 years ago. The public health system wasn't fully prepared for emergencies like anthrax either. What progress have federal and state governments made in recent years to protect... Read more

Impact of Pa.'s Medicaid expansion delay? Study says up to 1,500 deaths in one year

Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 AM
When Pennsylvania and 24 other states opted out of—or delayed opting into—the Medicaid expansion, they put a lot of lives on the line. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians would have gained health insurance on Jan. 1 had the state accepted the federal money offered under the Affordable... Read more

Why is Pennsylvania paying to advertise smoking?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 2:34 PM
Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that subsidized 93 percent of recent top-grossing movies featuring characters who smoke, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco–and one of seven states that gave more money to those movies than it spent on tobacco prevention. According... Read more

Disasters: How we can help those in the Philippines and ourselves

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:30 AM
The devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan is enormous. Over 10,000 are dead. Survivors are without water, food, and shelter. Disease outbreaks have begun. International relief efforts are hampered by continuing storms and by devastating conditions. UNICEF estimates that up to... Read more

Concerned about food and drug safety now? Look back aways . . .

Monday, October 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
The recent government shutdown brought a halt to most of the work of two agencies overseeing food safety. (Meat and poultry inspection continued under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is... Read more

Influenza doesn’t care about your politics

Monday, October 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a series of posts about the government shutdown’s impact on the nation’s health. Whatever your politics, you should be afraid. Very afraid. Not only are radical Republicans—a term that once referred to the GOPs principled opponents to slavery and now simply... Read more

The government shutdown: a threat to health

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:30 AM
Update Oct. 4: In a news release on October 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Health outlined the steps being taken to maintain the WIC program during the current federal government shutdown. By using funds from the previous year and harboring administrative funds they hope to sustain operations for... Read more

Nutrition, public health and food stamps

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 3:02 AM
In his 1938 book, My America, Louis Adamic wrote about answering the doorbell one morning during the Great Depression to be confronted by hungry children on their way to school. A girl spoke to him:“ Excuse me, Mister…but we have no eats in our house and my mother said I should take my... Read more

Teaching about race and health

Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:30 AM
Today’s piece, the fourth in our ongoing race and health series, is by Janet Golden, a historian of medicine and public health. She writes about the teaching of race and health, and connections between past and present. - Michael Yudell As a medical historian, I find the subject of race and... Read more

Workplace safety then (1911, N.Y.C.) and now (2013, West, Texas)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:30 AM
The horrifying explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas is a painful reminder that workplace safety is a crucial part of public health. As former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis noted in a Memorial Day speech in 2012 “Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home. Every... 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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