Tag: #publichealth

The diseases you’re going to get

When I was in college, I was living on my own in a little apartment and had to commute into the university (about 30 miles) every day. The commute wasn't bad. In fact, I spent most of my day at the university, going back to the apartment late in the evening. Those were the days ...

Talking Tuesday on a Friday: June Update!

A few minutes where I catch you up on the craziness around me. Nothing bad, mostly good... Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoy it.

Don’t buckle-up, don’t wear your helmet, don’t vaccinate

The partisan hack who keeps getting elected for the House of Representatives from my district posted on Facebook about the summer road season. Interestingly enough, some of his most ardent supporters starting criticizing laws in Pennsylvania that mandate seat belt and helmet use. They seemed to be upset that they're not allowed the "freedom" to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...