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Archive: October, 2011

What is Public Health?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 11:52 AM
Look around you. Public health is everywhere. It’s been a part of your life since you were born (and way before), and you might not even know it. Let’s start with basic disease prevention. You’ve likely had multiple vaccines against a slew of once-deadly and now preventable diseases... Read more

Health Data

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 11:52 AM
Here are sources of statistics - local, national, global - on everything from injuries to risky behavior, spending, and insurance coverage, compiled by The Public's Health. Local: - Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Philadelphia Vital Statistics: A variety of statistics and reports... Read more

Social Determinants Data

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 11:52 AM
Statistical resources on some of the underlying factors - social, economic, political - that shape population health, compiled by The Public's Health. Local: - Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project: A plethora of data on housing, education, civic participation, land use, and a range... Read more

Local Health Departments

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 11:51 AM
County and state agencies throughout the region offer services ranging from, in most cases, vaccination clinics to restaurant inspection databases. Behavioral health, aging, medical examiner and other county departments may be part of health or linked to it. Pennsylvania: - Philadelphia... Read more

Personal Health Resources

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 11:51 AM
Health center locaters, emergency contacts, hospital comparison tools and other resources, compiled by The Public's Health: - HRSA Federally Qualified Health Center locator: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) provide preventive services and health care regardless of insurance status... 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, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
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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