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Teens birth 10% of U.S. babies

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
Despite slowly declining teen birth rates in the United States, more than 367,000 young women and girls ages 15-19 had babies in 2010, according to a recent vital statistics report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number accounted for almost 10% of all births that year. Making... Read more

The public health of fishing vessel winches. (Seriously!)

Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
This small story from a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the federal government's weekly compilation of case studies and public health advisories, caught my eye: “Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries Involving Fishing Vessel Winches — Southern Shrimp Fleet, United States, 2000–2011... Read more

Too many women continue to die in childbirth

Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
JoAnne Fischer is executive director, and Bette Begleiter deputy executive director, of the Maternity Care Coalition, a Philadelphia nonprofit that works to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. By JoAnne... Read more

October is [Fill in the Blank] Awareness Month

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 1:56 PM
Today’s post is by Leah Roman, a guest blogger for The Public’s Health. Roman, a project manager for the Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) project at the Drexel University School of Public Health, blogs regularly about the intersection of public health and pop culture... 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

What NOT to make of new autism statistics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 6:30 AM
Leave it to businessman Donald Trump to turn World Autism Awareness Day on its head. On Monday, Trump was busy spreading misinformation about the causes of autism on a day that, according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (the United Nations adopted this day in 2007) should be dedicated to cultivating... Read more

Fraudulent Studies Disappear, But Not Without a Sound (Thanks to 'Retraction Watch')

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:30 AM
Medical journals and other peer-reviewed publications pride themselves on holding researchers to the highest standards of ethical and scientific integrity. So when it’s later discovered that data in a published study were fraudulent or that human subjects were treated in an unethical manner... 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
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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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