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Michael Yudell

We should be outraged by the Elk River chemical spill

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told West Virginia residents that it was up to them whether or not to drink water contaminated by the Jan. 9 spill of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River. The spill occurred just upstream from a water intake for Charleston’s water... Read more

$1.1 billion is merely the headline in momentous California lead paint case

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Update: A California judge on Tuesday, Jan. 7, issued a final verdict that added another $50 million to what the companies must pay. On Monday, a California judge ordered three corporations —Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra—to contribute $1.1 billion into a state-run fund... Read more

Needed: Climate Change 101 for Pennsylvania politicians

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:30 AM
Good people of Pennsylvania, are you paying attention to the things your elected officials – and the people they appoint – have been saying about climate change? On Tuesday the State Senate approved, by a 42-8 vote, the appointment of E. Christopher Abruzzo as the Commonwealth’s... Read more

The Philly Phive Ks: Run and walk for the health of our city

Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:46 AM
If you haven’t heard the story of the BatKid by now, you must be hiding in the deepest recesses of Gotham. The BatKid, whose real identity was revealed as five-year-old Miles from Northern California (now in remission after a life and death battle against leukemia), made a Make-A-Wish Foundation... Read more

The cost of war: Polio rises again in Syria

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:16 AM
The outbreak of polio in the Syrian Arab Republic announced by the World Health Organization a few weeks ago is a troubling reminder that global conflicts threaten the public’s health. Violence, like the 2-1/2-year-old civil war in Syria, can lead to significant disruption and/or long term damage... Read more

Spicing up your spices with rodent hairs and Salmonella

Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
Just when you thought our food supply was safe again. In the wake of the government shutdown that suspended many of the essential protective services of the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (we wrote about this a few weeks back), an FDA report – released... Read more

'A.C.O.D.': public health menace and/or hilarious movie?

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:50 PM
“Against the assault of laughter,” Mark Twain once wrote, “nothing can stand.” Not even a bad divorce is safe from that assault, as you’ll quickly learn if you go see the new film A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce), opening this weekend in Philadelphia. As your resident... 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

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

History, comedy and science connect at FringeArts

Friday, September 13, 2013, 6:30 AM
Earlier this year at the Philadelphia Science Festival, I teamed up with comedians to dramatize (term used very loosely) real life events from the history of science and medicine. We've done it three years running, and it works like this: I give a monologue on a historical topic, then the improv group... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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