Monthly Archives: October 2016

On Stigma, Public Health, and Narrative Ethics

by Daniel S. Goldberg, JD, PhD One of the books I love teaching above all else is Judith Walzer Leavitt’s fabulous Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health. This is a spectacular book, and my students regularly confirm this perspective. It is one of those rare texts that manages to satisfy the scholarly standards expected by professional historians of medicine and public

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Focus on Cancer Screening, Early Detection, and Quitline Programs: Highlights From Sep. Issue

October and November are National Breast Cancer Awareness month and National Lung Cancer Awareness month respectively. The September-October 2016 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice focuses on cancer screening and risk, with several articles highlighting the importance of testing and early detection. To further draw attention to these important national awareness campaigns, we invite you to look back on this

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Columbia Student Discusses His Role in Breast Cancer Research

by Jersen Telfort Students of Public Health focuses on research projects and other contributions students are making to advance public health. This series is guest edited by Johanzynn Gatewood, an MPH candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida-Gainesville [Full bio]. STUDENT VOICES — As a second-year Master of Public Health candidate at the Mailman School of

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Environmentalists Score Big in Their War Against Fracking

Justice Gorsuch Public Health

by Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD, and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH Crossroads: Law and Public Health addresses topics related to the intersection of law and public health. This series highlights the perspectives of two attorneys turned academicians and explores legal and policy issues that impact public health. The regulation of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is highly controversial throughout the United States.

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The Executive-in-Residence: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. This month we hired our first Executive-in-Residence for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M. Mr. Dennis Johnson joined us part-time after a long, distinguished career as a health and safety officer in

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Infographic: Replacing Windows Reduces Childhood Lead Exposure

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than a half million children in the United States younger than age six have abnormal blood lead levels. While there is considerable evidence that window replacement reduces childhood lead exposure, federal programs tend to discourage it due to costs. This infographic summarizes an evaluation conducted in a

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Writing an Abstract for Publication

 by Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM The Scholarship of Public Health addresses topics relevant to scientific publishing, dissemination of evidence and best practices, and the education of current and future professionals. This column presents some considerations and best practices when producing an abstract for your manuscript or presentation. This post looks at writing an abstract for publication. A number

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Accreditation and Innovation to be Spotlighted at APHA’s 144th Annual Meeting, Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 in Denver

This entry is part 1 of 41 in the series Focus on Accreditation and Innovation

 by Teddi D. Nicolaus, BS Focus on Accreditation and Innovation addresses current issues related to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s national public health department accreditation program, and the Public Health National Center for Innovations. This series highlights the experiences and perspectives of accredited health departments and explores topics related to the Standards and Measures, research and evaluation findings, and the

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Making Better Comparisons

by Jason S. Brinkley, PhD, MA, MS On the Brink addresses topics related to data, analytics, and visualizations on personal health and public health research. This column explores current practices in the health arena and how both the data and mathematical sciences have an impact. Our health care system is obsessed with decision making. We track everything; then we analyze it

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Highlights of Public Health Informatics Supplement

by Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS This special issue on local public health informatics is an inclusive collection of articles, highlighting the current landscape of informatics needs and capacities of local health departments (LHDs). Gibson and colleagues note in their editorial “Urgent Challenges for Local Public Health Informatics,” that good informatics can improve public health practice, but LHDs face

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