Tag: #publichealth

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 ...

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.

Should You Use A Bike Helmet?

Ah, those crazy public health people and their crazy recommendations. "Vaccinate," they say, but you still have outbreaks where vaccinated people are hit with the disease they were supposedly immunized against. "Wash your hands," they argued, but people who wash their hands still get gastrointestinal disease. "Wear your seatbelt," they proposed, but people die from ...

Navigating the Political Seas

Imagine for a minute that you are a resident of Puerto Rico. If you were born there, then you are a citizen of the United States. However, your vote for President doesn't count since Puerto Rico doesn't have any votes in the Electoral College. Congress makes laws that affect you but you don't have any ...

We Need to Pay Attention to What Is Going on in Puerto Rico

I've been doing a lot of reading about Puerto Rico since I agreed to go down there to help in the Zika outbreak. According to most media reports, the situation in Puerto Rico is quite dire from a financial and demographic standpoint. Crime is high, yes, but it's not any higher than Baltimore, where murder ...

Portugal, That Bastion of Public Health

We humans are really weird when it comes to assessing risk. Although flying is the safest way to travel (if you divide the number of people-hours in flight by the number of deaths from flying), we have this weird and irrational fear of flying. Although there are more deaths from irresponsible use of firearms than ...

The Perfect Disease Surveillance System

How is it that we get to know about diseases like Zika or Ebola? Is it just dumb luck that we encounter patients and then go from there? In a way, yes. These diseases, especially novel ones, have a way of just popping onto the radar without warning. Then we respond vigorously because we weren't ...

Public Health is in a bit of a pickle over the nasal flu vaccine

No more FluMist vaccine for flu this coming flu season. What are the implications? Many.

Guess who got published?

If antivaxxers didn't like me before, they are probably going to hate me. It's okay though. I'm a big boy. I can take it. Anyway, I had the privilege of collaborating with Dorit Reiss on a paper about mandates that require health care workers to be immunized against influenza. I wrote the parts about influenza disease ...

To the Public Health Graduates of 2016

Dear graduates, I am very, very jealous of all of you, in a good way. You are graduating and starting your professional careers in public health at a very exciting and challenging time. From Zika in the Americas to Yellow Fever in Africa, to MERS in the Middle East, and the refugees in Europe... Believe ...