Friday, August 28, 2015

Poverty

The state budget impasse puts the health of our economy and our most vulnerable citizens at risk

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 3:45 PM
At some point in our lives, most of us learn the “penny wise, pound foolish” lesson. And usually, for those of us who are stubborn, we learn the hard way. We put off dealing with that rattle in the car, we push roof repairs to the next season, or we opt for “quick fixes” that... 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

Philadelphia’s rankings: good for visitors, bad for us

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Philadelphians gleefully share a lot of city rankings with pride. And why not: It’s a great feeling to be part of this vibrant community! The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau notes that the city was ranked 14 among the“25 Best Cities for shopping.” Parents.com says we... 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

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie,” so popular that she returned as a musical and was recently remade into the move “Annie” It allows us to indulge in the fantasy that plucky... Read more

The Diabetes Blues

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 AM
Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t tell my head from my feet Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t hardly tell my head from my feet Well, I got the sugar diabetes Somebody please. Lord have mercy on me. When Delta Blues guitarist and singer Big Joe Williams sang... Read more

A century after W.E.B. Du Bois, science still gets race wrong

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:30 AM
Most of us today don’t know the name W.E.B. Du Bois. But we should. Du Bois’s pioneering sociological work on race (books like The Philadelphia Negro and The Souls of Black Folk) and his leadership at the forefront of civil rights struggles (including a founder of the National Association... Read more

Care for all: A look back at Philadelphia General Hospital

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
I moved to Philadelphia in 1976, and the first thing on my agenda was to get a job. After making the rounds of several hospitals, I made my way to Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) and applied for a faculty position in its school of nursing. Philadelphia General Hospital, a tax supported municipal... Read more

What are 'adverse childhood experiences'? Ask Philadelphia residents

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:30 AM
We’ve written a lot about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and the health risks that arise when children experience toxic stress. The original ACE study was conducted with a predominantly white, middle-class population of adults in California and found a strong relationship between... 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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