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Confusion about the pelvic exam

Friday, September 5, 2014, 6:30 AM
The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued new guidelines over the summer advising against routine pelvic examinations for asymptomatic, non-pregnant adult women who have low risk for uterine or ovarian cancers. The guidelines continue to advocate routine examination of the cervix as well as... Read more

Medicaid expansion: What to expect

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:11 AM
On Thursday, August 28th we got the news that the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved, with some changes, the Healthy Pennsylvania plan for Medicaid expansion. The official statement is here. And the official letter is here. Thanks to the Affordable... Read more

Government-sponsored health care's success (in World War II)

Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
In 1943, the United States government began paying for medical, nursing, and hospital maternity and infant care provided to the wives of enlisted men in the lowest four military pay grades. The Emergency Maternity and Infant Care Act, known as EMIC, funded the care of about 1-1/2 million women and infants... Read more

Obamacare, in the words of regional administrator Nancy O'Connor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last week, I sat down with Nancy O’Connor, administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC) to talk about how to find affordable health insurance before the Marketplace closes on March 31 for... 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

A little health reform history (and a quiz!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
Identify the source of the following statement: The problem of providing satisfactory medical service to all the people of the United States at costs which they can meet is a pressing one. At the present time, many persons do not receive service, which is adequate either in quantity or quality, and... Read more

True or False, with Senator Ted Cruz

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 AM
Sen. Ted Cruz wrapped up a 21-hour grandstanding session Wednesday on the evils of Obamacare, a typically “Cruzian” address that included a bizarre comparison of the law’s implementation to the Nazi domination of Europe and a reading of the Dr. Suess classic Green Eggs and Ham. Let’s... Read more

Gesundheit! Patch Adams is coming to town

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Gesundheit, German for “health,” typically is said to someone after they sneeze. The Gesundheit! Institute is a not-for-profit health care organization founded by Dr. Hunter ”Patch” Adams, to create a new model of health care that is linked to community health, welcomes complementary... 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

The health of the African and Caribbean immigrant community

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
Today we have another important and interesting contribution to our ongoing series on race and health in Philadelphia. Oni Richards-Waritay, executive director of the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) discusses how cultural and linguistic barriers can lead to poor health outcomes. -- Michael... 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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