Monthly Archives: April 2020

Our Need for the Outdoors: The Role of Nature During COVID-19

by Jay Maddock, PhD; Bita Kash, PhD; and Taylor Keys As the coronavirus continues to spread, large parts of the United States and the world have been placed under stay-at-home orders. For most everybody, staying at home and physically, not socially, distancing yourself from other people, is the best way to avoid getting infected. However, this can take a huge

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Think Globally, Act Locally: Interview with Cindy Perry

by Christiaan Abildso, PhD Dr. Perry on the Continental Divide Trail in the Wind River Range, Wyoming In the fifth episode of Views from the Front Porch, my guest is Dr. Cindy Perry, the Elizabeth N. Gray Distinguished Professor and an Associate Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon. She loves backpacking, especially

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Identifying Differences in COVID-19 Rates on American Indian Reservations

by Randall Akee, PhD The SARS-CoV-2 virus is causing widespread devastation as rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) grow across the world. The United States is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks with over half a million confirmed cases as of mid-April 2020. However, outbreaks on tribal lands are largely ignored by the federal government, mainstream media, and case tracking

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Crisis Leadership: From the Haiti Earthquake to the COVID Pandemic

This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Management Moments

by Edward Baker, MD, MPH; P. K. (Ken) Keen, MA; and Roderick Gilkey, PhD In a prior column, we offered questions that leaders should be asking as they provide leadership through the challenges of the COVID pandemic. In this column, we build on the prior framework to offer guiding principles and best practices leading to concrete actions that leaders can

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Reflecting on the Past to Divine a Better Future for Public Health

This entry is part 3 of 40 in the series Wide World of Public Health Systems

Public health has undergone definition and redefinition in the US since the Union’s conception two centuries ago. There are plenty of definitions to go around. My favorite, hands down, comes from a CEA Winslow, the founder of the Yale School of Public Health and an eminent public health researcher in the last century. One hundred years ago this January, he

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COVID-19 Amidst Carceral Contexts: The Overton Window of Political Possibility and Policy Change

by Cynthia Golembeski, MPH; Ans Irfan, MD, MPH; Brie Williams, MD, MS; and Homer Venters, MD, MPH Photographer Ron Levine took the photo of William Howard “Tex” Johnson when Johnson was 67 and serving time for snatching $24 in 1959 in Birmingham, AL. The photo is part of the “Prisoners of Age” series, which includes interviews with aging inmates and

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Promoting Diversity in Statistics & Data Science: Podcast with Dr. Jenine K. Harris

by Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Jenine K. Harris, author of a new statistics book for social scientists called Statistics with R: Solving Problems Using Real-World Data. Dr. Harris teaches biostatistics courses as an associate professor in the public health program at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her

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Empowering Through Health: Podcast with Jade Conway

Jade Conway podcast

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, I speak with Jade Conway, an MPH student at Saint Louis University. Jade’s work primarily

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