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Obama takes a public health view on guns

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:10 PM
By Michael Yudell President Obama's speech and executive orders were an important step forward to address gun violence. The president affirmed both his support for the Second Amendment and his commitment to quickly reduce gun violence in the wake of the national tragedies in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek... Read more

Did childhood kill Kurt Cobain (or Jimi Hendrix)?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle In a box in my basement — amongst a broken TI-83 calculator, Discman, and other college-era artifacts — is a poster entitled “Forever 27.” Once ubiquitous in dorm rooms, the poster depicts Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain in a Daliesque... Read more

The science of gun violence

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Things to talk about when we talk about Newtown, mental health, and guns: 1. “The vast majority of violence in our society is not perpetuated by persons with serious mental illness... Read more

Genes don't explain Newtown. Autism certainly doesn't.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the awful tragedy in Newtown, Conn., some pundits are already trying to peer into the mind of the killer, making misbegotten claims about the cause and nature of his violent act. On Wednesday, it was announced that Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, had... Read more

A public health response to gun violence in America

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 6:30 AM
Esther Chernak is a physician and director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at Drexel University School of Public Health, where she is an associate research professor. By Esther Chernak One of the fundamental challenges in the practice of public health – the work... Read more

26 names to remember from Sandy Hook

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 9:51 PM
By Michael Yudell There is so much to say about the awful tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. But for now, I encourage our readers to focus on those who perished. Remember their names and learn about their lives. Have their families in your thoughts. Charlotte... Read more

Don’t let election hype drive you to distraction (or death)

Friday, September 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Emotions rise high when election season rolls around every four ears. Could the culmination of this excitement and passion for political participation result in excess motor vehicle fatalities when Election Day finally arrives? A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American... Read more

Transcendental Meditation: A cure for the stresses of youth violence?

Monday, August 13, 2012, 6:25 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Youth violence is a big and complex problem, especially in Philadelphia. Could something as simple as having city school students close their eyes and sit in stillness for 30 minutes a day help address its stress-related consequences? Filmmaker David Lynch, who credits his own... Read more

In Aurora, Colo., or in Philadelphia, trauma touches all of us

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 6:30 AM
Today’s post, by John Rich, is the first in a series of contributions by members of an expert panel intended to expand the breadth of The Public’s Health. Rich, a primary care physician and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University School of Public Health... Read more

Elder abuse: A hidden epidemic

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell The abuse of adults by their children, caretakers, or other trusted individuals, known commonly as elder abuse, is horrific and damaging. It can come in many forms — physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment — and affects both men and... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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