Category Archives: JPHMP Direct Voices

Thinking Like Bill Gates

Thinking Like Bill Gates

by Jay Maddock, PhD Mad About Public Health is a series that looks at the health of populations from varying creative and innovative perspectives. You might also enjoy Dr. Maddock’s previous series, From the Dean’s Perspective.  Netflix recently released a three-part docuseries entitled, Inside Bill’s Brian: Decoding Bill Gates. While anybody working in public health will be familiar with the

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Examining the Effectiveness of Year-Round School Calendars : An Interview with Dr. Robert Hahn

by Michelle Haberstroh As part of my internship with JPHMP Direct, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Hahn, one of the authors of a systematic review published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. A PDF of the article, “Examining the Effectiveness of Year-Round School Calendars on Improving Educational Attainment Outcomes Within the Context of

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Creative Solutions at the Heart of Rural Communities: Interview with M. Renee Umstattd Meyer

by Christiaan Abildso, PhD My first guest is Dr. M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, Associate Professor at Baylor University, and lead author of the paper around which this series, Views from the Front Porch, is centered. Her work focuses on promoting health and health equity through an active living lens. Predominantly rural states commonly lead the nation in unhealthy behaviors and

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Measles : How Local Health Departments Are Responding to this Latest Public Health Outbreak

Measles Local Health Departments

by Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, and Jeffrey Duchin, MD This post is published with permission from Big Cities Health Coalition. Visit Big Cities Health Coalition and the Front Lines Blog for more information about the work they’re doing to improve population health. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 1,200 confirmed cases of measles in 2019, the most

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Tulsa Health Department’s Response to Tulsa County Historic 2019 Flooding

Tulsa County 2019 Flooding

by Bruce D. Dart, PhD “While it is our job to serve Tulsa County residents, it became our mission to bring hope back to people’s lives as we responded to this disaster.” In early May 2019, a series of thunderstorms began dropping monsoon-like precipitation across northern Oklahoma. The water ran down streams into Keystone Lake, resulting in water levels above

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September Is Sepsis Awareness Month

September Sepsis Awareness month

by Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH, and Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD Sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection, is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States, with annual costs over $20 billion. Common symptoms include fever, chills, difficulty breathing, and an elevated heart rate. Without timely treatment, sepsis can quickly lead to tissue damage,

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Help Shape the Future of Public Health: Revisiting the 10 Essential Public Health Services

10 Essential PH Services

by Jessica Solomon Fisher, MCP “Now is your chance to inform the field, and practice, of public health for years to come. Please take the time to share your thoughts and reimagine what a framework might look like that would take us into the next 25 years and beyond.” Jessica Solomon Fisher, PHNCI Chief Innovations Officer The graphic below likely

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Impeachment by the Numbers

impeachment by the numbers

by Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD, and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH Public health practitioners from around the nation are concerned with President Trump’s attempts to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see, for example, our article “I Walk in, Sign. I Don’t Have to Go Through Congress.” President Trump’s Use of Executive Orders to Unravel the Patient Protection

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Meditations on the MPH, Part 1

Meditations on the MPH

by JP Leider, PhD When I was a boy, I had a dream. It was to be a veterinarian, I think. Honestly, it’s a bit hard to remember. In the intervening decades, that dream changed and morphed, dozens of times. I was less motivated and gifted than Jeff Lynne’s titular character, but generally these (professionally-oriented) dreams revolved around being of

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