All posts by Rene Najera

I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen

The Grand Canyon

My wife and I escaped Phoenix for a couple of days and went up to the Grand Canyon. We had never been there. It was pretty awesome. (I've seen the Copper Canyon in Mexico, which is bigger, but different.) We took some pictures. Most were taken by her, though.

When You Need A Win

I've been in a funk lately. I've been grumpy and short-fused with people I care a lot about. I've been even worse to people I don't care for. The reason for this is simple, and it's something that I've seen coming every year right around this time. I'm not going to go into details of ...

Face It, You Think You Know Better Than Me

There's this person, we'll call her "Ginny,"* who is an ardently anti-vaccine. She has multiple blogs, multiple social media accounts, participates in protests (traveling far and wide, money for the family be damned), and even thinks she leads a political party. Ginny has no medical or scientific training, per se. The closest she's gotten is ...

Why We Need “Essential Health Benefits” on Every Health Insurance Plan

My wife and I were in San Francisco last week, and we caught a Lyft ride to have dinner with friends. As we rode, the driver started chatting with us. He asked us what we were doing there, and we told him we were there for a conference on mental health counseling. He then told ...

Religious Intellectual Dishonesty

The story goes that I got in trouble with the priest when I was a kid because I asked too many questions. My inquiring mind wanted to know the context of biblical sayings, not just the quotes themselves. That carried on into my teenage years, when I sat in the back of the church and ...

Is this REALLY the hill you want to die on?

When I was in high school, there was this tough ex-military type who taught us world history. He was a really cool teacher because he seemed very interested in the subject matter. When the intervention in Somalia started, he and I had a very good discussion on why Somalia was not so much about humanitarian ...

Red Dawn

I'm not much of a morning person, but waking up early to see this was worth it. Look at those primary colors!

The Things That Will Follow You Forever

Oh, the things I've done. I'm incredibly lucky that the internet wasn't around when I was a teenager. Otherwise, I'm sure there would be at least one viral video of me ________ the _______ from the _________ with my __________ as everyone _________ around me. (Redacted for your own peace of mind.) Today, however, the internet ...

So You Want to Work in Professional Public Health?

Excerpt: Just a few pointers on what to do as you get ready to go into work as a professional in public health.

I’m One Mean Hombre

Apparently, I ruffled some feathers with my post to my most conservative friend. Three people have told me how they felt about the post. Two have told me that I -- apparently single-handedly -- have managed to bring down the Democratic Party. First, Hope's comment: "I don’t think you have or want any conservative friends. ...