What the heck happened to you?

First, a warning. Some of the videos below, and my transcriptions of what is said in those videos, contain racist, ignorant, and insensitive comments. Best to leave the videos for some time when you're wearing your headphones or at home away from children. Don't judge me, but I was playing on the XBox the other ...

What we should have been doing all along: Translational Epidemiology

When I was applying to get into the DrPH program, the interviewer -- who would later become my academic advisor -- asked me for my thoughts on Translational Epidemiology. Translational Epidemiology (TE) is the use of epidemiology in different stages between identifying a population-level problem to identifying a solution for it, to evaluating what that ...

ODD or ENTP?

The oldest of my cousins (on my mother's side) was always the standard by which the rest of us were measured. He was smart, athletic, and an overall well-behaved kid. Whenever one of us did something that disappointed our parents, we would be reminded of my cousin's achievement and asked why we couldn't be more ...

The Frictions That You’ll Encounter

Before I begin, a quick note: I worked on the Zika response in Puerto Rico during November and December of last year. A section of this blog post deals with what is happening in Puerto Rico with regards to investigating Zika cases, and it includes excerpts from news reports indicating that there is a lot ...

Non-Biostatistician, Non-Epidemiologist Tries to Complain About Biostats and Epi

Don't you love it when people who don't know better think that they know better, and then they end up making fools of themselves? There is a particularly interesting anti-vaccine man by the name of Brian S. Hooker. He has a doctorate in biochemical engineering, according to his Wikipedia page. Maybe you remember BS Hooker ...

Go Where The Problems Are

One of the things that I didn't like about working at the state health department was sitting at the office all day without much of an opportunity to get outside and work in the field. Whenever there was an outbreak, it was the job of the local health departments to send people out to do ...

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 ...