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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

Why we should all care about reproductive justice

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
To avoid confusion, I want to make clear that this blog is not about abortion. Repeat: This is not a blog about abortion. What I am interested in is a discussion about other issues that are very much a part of the modern day movement for reproductive justice and too often get short shrift in policy... Read more

Civil Rights movement's often-overlooked impact on health care

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9:49 AM
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, remembered primarily for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech, was part of an era that forced the nation to become more fully aware of racial discrimination – including discrimination in health care... Read more

Teaching about race and health

Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:30 AM
Today’s piece, the fourth in our ongoing race and health series, is by Janet Golden, a historian of medicine and public health. She writes about the teaching of race and health, and connections between past and present. - Michael Yudell As a medical historian, I find the subject of race and... Read more

The health of the African and Caribbean immigrant community

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
Today we have another important and interesting contribution to our ongoing series on race and health in Philadelphia. Oni Richards-Waritay, executive director of the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) discusses how cultural and linguistic barriers can lead to poor health outcomes. -- Michael... Read more

Health disparities in Philadelphia’s Latino community

Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:30 AM
We continue our series on race and health in Philadelphia today, joined by Cynthia Figueroa, president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, who shares her expert insight into the state of health in Philadelphia’s Latino community. - Michael Yudell Health disparities are differences in health... Read more

Race and health in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
What does your race say about your health – or your health about your race? Quite a bit. In the coming weeks and months, contributors to The Public's Health from diverse backgrounds and different communities will be exploring the interconnections between the two, and more generally the lived... 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

The potential of parks (with programs)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
What gets people out and exercising in the park? Is it the characteristics of the community that surrounds the park, such as the presence or absence of crime and blight? Or is it the organized activities, such as the presence or absence of a Zumba class taught on Thursday nights by a local resident... Read more

Could immigration reform improve our health?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 AM
During his State of the Union address last month, President Obama challenged the assembled lawmakers to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. The issue has proven a divisive one in our national political discourse, and most of the discussion focuses on the political ramifications. Pundits have discussed... 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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