Monthly Archives: February 2020

Health Behaviors: Not Just for Chronic Diseases Anymore

by Jay Maddock, PhD For many of us trained in health promotion and health behavior change, our focus tends to focus on the prevention of chronic disease. Much of the funded research and the educational component of health promotion focuses on behaviors like increasing physical activity, improving diet, and reducing or eliminating substance use including tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

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Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases

by Emily Yox, MPH Each month, NACCHO brings you a new public health book, read and reviewed by NACCHO staff. Book reviews in this series originally appeared on NACCHO Voice: The Word on Local health Departments and are republished here with permission. Vaccinated, by Paul Offit, tells the incredible story of Maurice Hilleman, aptly named the father of modern vaccines.

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Public Health Perspectives Podcast: Educating the Future of Legal Epidemiology

PH Perspectives Legal Epidemiology

by Camelia Singletary, MPH Public Health Perspectives is a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce by exploring the narratives of public health care professionals to gain insight on career paths that shape the profession.  In this episode of Public Health Perspectives, Lindsay Cloud and Lance Gable discuss legal epidemiology. Lindsay Cloud is the director of the

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Food Access Improved for WIC Participants Using Spatial Analysis

by Jonathan Davis, MA; Mindy Jossefides, RD; Travis Lane, BA; David Pijawka, PhD; Mallory Phelps, BS; and Jamie Ritchey, PhD, MPH The time needed to travel to stores to access healthy food can be a burden for many families, particularly in rural areas and urban areas located in food deserts. This problem is further exacerbated in tribal communities where the

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Mindfulness and Dis-Ease: Managing Mental Wellness

by Elena Vidrascu, MSc Preventing America’s Next Drug Epidemic: A Multidisciplinary Approach is a series designed to introduce the many facets of substance abuse, and how integrating the work of multiple partners may be the best approach towards prevention and treatment. It is estimated that 30-50% of our waking day is spent with our mind wandering. This statistic might elicit

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Students Who Rocked Public Health 2019: Cecilia Sara Alcala

Last December, Cecilia Sara Alcala, a PhD Candidate at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was listed as one of 13 Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019 for her work assessing pesticide literacy of women in Suriname. Here, she describes her efforts in more detail. Follow along each month as we profile all 13 Students

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Infographic: Defining Legal Epidemiology for Practice

by Colleen Barbero, Lindsay K. Cloud, Lance Gable, Siobhan Gilchrist, Bethany Saxon Law is indispensable to public health management and practice. The field of legal epidemiology has emerged to provide public health law and non-lawyer professionals with the research tools to conduct timely and rigorous evaluations of the impact of law and legal practices on health. The field also helps

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A Workforce in Transition

Meditations on the MPH

It’s clear that the governmental public health workforce is changing. We’re on the precipice of generational change, with 22% percent of staff planning to retire in the coming years. Separately, we also have many that are interested in leaving for reasons other than retirement, about 25% overall. Among those under age 35, 32% are considering leaving. I have written and

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Coronavirus Spreads Concern Around the Globe

Coronavirus Spreads Concern Globally

Dr. John Marr is an American physician, epidemiologist, and author whose professional life has concerned outbreaks of infectious disease for over 40 years. He specializes in historical epidemics (see Backstories in Epidemiology: True Medical Mysteries). We communicated with Dr. Marr by email to get his expert opinion on the spread of Novel Coronavirus (recently named COVID-19 by the World Health

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Navigating the Post-Candidacy Abyss: Locating the Elusive Dissertation Topic

Congratulations, you have achieved candidacy! Now what? The first couple years of a doctoral studies are arduous but predictable: slogging through tough coursework, learning new theories and methods, juggling academic work with teaching or other responsibilities, attending seminars, and trying to figure out academic culture. After some core milestones (such as coursework, comprehensive exams, candidacy papers, etc.), you gain a

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