Saturday, November 28, 2015


A vaccine against the epidemic of mass imprisonment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:30 AM
A powerful group of United States senators unveiled a bill last month designed to reform federal criminal sentencing laws. If passed, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 will begin to address some of the most troubling areas of federal criminal sentencing – the cause, many experts... Read more

Is poverty a crime?

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:30 AM
One story in Philadelphia recently captured a lot of attention. Just before midnight on a Friday two weeks ago, a SEPTA police officer found 2-year-old Jeremiyah wandering in LOVE Park, alone. He had no shoes and no coat, despite the fact it was one of the coldest nights of the fall season thus far... Read more

Birth control and the Affordable Care Act (and, yes, the pope)

Friday, September 25, 2015, 6:30 AM
With much of the East Coast enthralled by the visit of Pope Francis, let's review an issue that pits – perhaps – the pontiff's enduring commitment to the disenfranchised against his religious beliefs: More than 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Griswold v... Read more

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.” 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
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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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