Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visualizing Philadelphia's public health nurses at work: A century of photos

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30 AM
For more than a century, nurses have served as the cornerstone of public health efforts in this country. Most Americans at some point in their lives have had contact with a public health nurse. It’s hard to live for very long without meeting one. Remember the school nurse who made sure your vaccinations... Read more

C-sections and baseball: Not a good mix

Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last week the blogosphere was set on fire when former NFL quarterback and current WFAN commentator Boomer Esiason commented on the paternity leave of New York Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy, who missed two games, including opening day, to be with his wife while she delivered their baby. “Quite... Read more

Death certificates: classifying the dead to save the living

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30 AM
Why do we die? The question is existential, scientific, and spiritual at the very least. It’s also bureaucratic. Like voter registration cards and driver’s licenses, death certificates relegate the cause of our physical demise to a discrete category that becomes a single data point in... Read more

Addiction: Recovering Main Street

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00 PM
Dramatic increases in overdose rates now terrorize rural and suburban neighborhoods. Inner cities have long dealt with the quiet desperations of addiction, but now these new communities also are overrun. This clashes with our stereotypes of misuse and addiction. My point isn't to criticize very... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

London bodies solve mystery of Black Death

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:30 AM
On television, forensic scientists can solve the mystery of someone’s death in an hour. In reality, uncovering the facts can take a lot longer. As an anthropologist leading the investigation of some skeletons dug up in England last year put it: their discovery “solves a 660-year-old mystery... Read more

How healthy is your county?

Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 AM
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes its ambitious annual attempt to rate the health of counties in every state based on analysis of voluminous data as an effort to prod communities to make things better, although the rankings have a lot to do with conditions over which they have limited control:... Read more

Still can't lose weight? There's always the tapeworm diet

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 AM
Ahhh, the quest for the perfect weight loss diet—the one that lets you eat and shed pounds. With so many Americans obese or overweight, the marketplace is full of diet books and over-the-counter drugs. There’s the Paleo diet —eat meat like a cave man! And the Mediterranean diet ... Read more

Philadelphia: brotherly love and trauma-informed practice

Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
First in a series of posts about what is being done to address trauma and toxic stress in the city. Four years ago, on a train from Philadelphia to Washington, Sandra Bloom told me about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. I hadn’t heard of it, and was astounded to learn about strong... Read more

The dilemma of prescription opioids: Shifting attitudes towards the pain patient

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Shortly after a 48-hour bout of immobilizing back pain and a visit to the emergency room where he received Percocet, my husband went to his primary care doctor to discuss managing the continuing pain and numbness. What he encountered took him aback. Perhaps concerned about “drug-seeking behavior... 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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