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Lead and the Philadelphia Tooth Fairy Project

Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:30 AM
For much of the 20th century, America was plagued by a terrible lead poisoning epidemic that sent children into comas, convulsions, and even death. Lead paint covered the walls of homes throughout the nation, especially in the old, industrial cities, and poisoned hundreds of thousands of children.... 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

School health is public health: An interview with Richard Meckel

Monday, September 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
The funding crisis in the Philadelphia public schools threatens both the education and the health of city school children. With massive layoffs, including a substantial number of nurses, the public school system now has only one nurse for every 1,500 students. While many other urban public school... Read more

Needed: A conversation on organ donation

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:24 AM
In back-to-back rulings this week, a federal judge decided that two children with end-stage cystic fibrosis—10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan on Wednesdayay and 11-year-old Javier Acosta on Thursday—should be eligible for a lung transplant from the adult donor list, rather than the under-12 list... Read more

Climate change and public health: for kids, grownups, and music-lovers

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6:30 AM
Let’s have a brief conversation about climate change. How is climate change related to health? Here is some of what the World Health Organization has to say: “Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health—clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food... Read more

Are ‘alternative’ vaccine schedules safer?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30 AM
Almost 50% of children have not received all the recommended vaccines at some point before their second birthday, according to a study of 300,000 children that was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. While some cases of skipped vaccines may be due to missed opportunities or difficulty accessing... Read more

Wanted for Mother’s Day: paid time off

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
Across the country this Mother’s Day 2013, moms will wake to pancakes and juice in bed and some assortment of cards, gifts and children sticky with syrup and ready (at least for an hour) to serve their mothers’ every need. Missing from this familiar tableau will be the “gift”... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

Teens birth 10% of U.S. babies

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
Despite slowly declining teen birth rates in the United States, more than 367,000 young women and girls ages 15-19 had babies in 2010, according to a recent vital statistics report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number accounted for almost 10% of all births that year. Making... Read more

Did the food industry buy your kid?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the New York State Supreme Court striking down New York City’s ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces, a surprising op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The essay encouraged New York City, despite the ruling, not to give up trying to limit the aggressive marketing tactics of big... 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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