Saturday, October 10, 2015

Janet Golden

Remember what 'Aunt Sammy' said . . . about babies and drafts?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 AM
National Public Radio recently aired a segment headlined “South Korea’s Quirky Notions About Electric Fans.” It looked at the widespread belief that sleeping with electric fans blowing in the room could be dangerous. Is this totally a South Korean phenomenon? I ask because in 1930... Read more

Who wants to go to work sick?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
I’m not proud of this but, back in 1986, I showed up for work sick many times because I was pregnant and needed to “save up” my sick days so that I could have some time after childbirth to tend to my new baby. It was before the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible... Read more

The 2015 GOP Debate: No surprises to answers on health care

Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:53 AM
Ten Republican Presidential candidates appeared in the primetime debate on August 6: Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Former Governor Jeb Bush from Florida, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin,... Read more

Republican candidate answers to questions on health care

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:51 PM
Note: This report covers only the first “undercard debate.” A report on the second ten-candidate debate will follow. The first republican candidate debate on August 6th featured former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal... Read more

How are our kids doing?

Monday, July 27, 2015, 6:30 AM
Every year the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its Kids Count Data Book, giving us a picture of how America’s children are doing in terms of health, education, and economic status. The foundation is particularly concerned about the 16.4 million children living in poverty and it is hopeful... Read more

Questions for Fox News to ask the Republican presidential candidates

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 AM
Aug. 6 is the first Republican presidential candidate debate sponsored by Fox News and Facebook (for the top 10 contenders) and the Republican presidential candidate forum (for those candidates who don’t make the debate). Mark your calendar! Just four weeks to go. Who knows how many candidates... Read more

The Affordable Care Act and States’ wrong

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30 AM
The Supreme Court issued a lot of important and sensible rulings last week: enshrining marriage equality as the law of the land, supporting the Fair Housing Law claims of disparate impact, and ruling that the Affordable Care Act subsidies are legal in every state. More work awaits those fighting for... 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

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
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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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