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Archive: April, 2012

Outrage at the latest cuts to public health funding

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 6:30 AM
Late last week the American Public Health Association launched a campaign opposing dramatic cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Prevention and Public Health Fund. The cuts, passed as part of a Republican House bill to preserve the current low interest rates in federally... Read more

Quakers vs. PNC on mountaintop coal removal

Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
Quakers don’t mess around. William Penn (a Quaker) wasn’t messing around when he founded the state of Pennsylvania in 1681, and Quakers aren’t messing around today as they get ready to walk across the state to protest PNC Bank’s financing of mountaintop removal coal mining... Read more

Funny stuff at tonight's Science Festival

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:58 PM
On Tuesday we hosted a spirited (and not just because of the beer) discussion about public health in a Philadelphia Science Festival event at Triumph Brewery - an excellent venue, it turns out, for Drexel public health dean Marla Gold to explain the public health action pyramid using a slice of pizza... Read more

Disappointing grades for sex education in public schools

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:30 AM
Join us at the Philadelphia Science Festival, when we will host what promises to be a spirited discussion — over beer, Tuesday night — about public health with some of the top people in the field. November 7, 1991 marked my first encounter with public health. I was 8 years old, obsessed... Read more

Join us at the Philadelphia Science Festival

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
It’s late April, you’ve already written your check to the IRS, and the Phillies are dragging in last place in the NL East. But don’t fret. The Philadelphia Science Festival is back for its second annual action-packed 10-day celebration of science in the city where Ben Franklin got... Read more

Oil speculation kills (on two wheels)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 3:11 PM
In a speech on Tuesday, President Obama called on Congress to pass a package of regulatory measures to curb the illegal manipulation of oil prices. To make this appeal, Obama painted a picture of fat cat oil speculators getting rich off the backs of hard working American families who are forced to... Read more

Taxes – that’s right, new taxes! – for public health

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:30 AM
A report published last week by the distinguished Institute of Medicine of the National Academies calls attention to the poor public health infrastructure and ineffective population health strategies plaguing health care in the United States. For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier... Read more

Writing your way to health, stress-free

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:30 AM
"Stress is related to 99% of all illness," reads the bag of Lululemon, the high-end stretchy pants emporium on Walnut Street. While the researcher in me can’t help but gawk at this claim and demand that the store cite its sources, the words are not all wrong. Stress can make you sick, this... Read more

Hot cars and dead kids: A national tragedy

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:30 AM
With summer hurtling towards us faster than usual this year — temperatures across the U.S. were 8.6 degrees above normal in March — we are just weeks away from the inevitable horror stories of children dying from heatstroke after being left alone in parked cars. Since 1998, an average of... Read more

'Kings Park' calls attention to continuing crisis in mental health care

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 12:57 PM
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution, a deeply moving and disturbing new documentary film from director Lucy Winer, will be screened this Monday night at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. If you’ve got plans cancel them. Go see this incredible account... Read more
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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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