Category Archives: The Wide World of Public Health

Now Is the Time to Explicitly Emphasize Equity in Vaccine Access

by Jonathon P. Leider, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Debra DeBruin, and Nneka Sederstrom Recent announcements at the state and federal level reflect good news about expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines. Three weeks ago, the Minnesota Department of Health released its updated vaccine guidance about the staging and expected timing of COVID-19 vaccine. President Biden recently said he now expects all adults to

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All Health Care Workers Are Critical Workers, But Not All Critical Workers Are Health Care Workers

Meditations on the MPH

by Emily Johnson and JP Leider Minnesota, like much of the United States, is in the midst of a COVID surge. While previous surges have stressed our resources, article after article after article highlights that our health care systems are at a breaking point. As the vaccine rollout is being discussed and (hopefully) soon finalized nationwide, it is worth revisiting

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Partisan Divides on Importance of Public Health Narrowed from 2018 to 2020 in a National Poll

Meditations on the MPH

by JP Leider, PhD In recent decades, public health has become politicized – both the governmental enterprise and the core concepts. There is partisan and ideological disagreement about the role of government, and this has translated pretty directly into disparate views on the role of public health in society. This gap has widened over the last 40 years. The General

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On the Importance of Practitioners Publishing During and After COVID

by JP Leider, PhD Literally every single day, in my newsfeed or in my email, new COVID-related papers show up. Most are clinical trials. The topics are varied and various, from all walks of life, across all sectors. We are seeing science work in real time. Papers are being put into preprint servers, some are published, some are retracted. New

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Following the Great Recession, Governments Spent More on Law and Order and Less on Health and Social Services

Meditations on the MPH

by Mac McCullough, JP Leider, Beth Resnick, David Bishai City and county governments play a major role in the funding and provision of a broad array of health, public safety, and social services in their communities. Although there is substantial federal and state spending in support of local activities, local governments are a main source of government spending in the

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Excess Mortality as a Canary in the Coal Mine for COVID Disparities

by JP Leider and Elizabeth Wrigley-Field Minnesota has been in the news in recent months, for all the wrong reasons. The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in the midst of a seemingly uncontrollable COVID-19 pandemic again shone a light on the tremendous disparities and inequities present in the state. The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, noted

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Yet Another Post on Public Health Spending

by JP Leider, PhD Before 2020, before COVID, I think I may be received two or three media calls, ever, on public health funding. At this point, I and colleagues have published a couple dozen articles on the dearth of and underinvestment in public health funding. But not a lot of media interest. Now, admittedly, that’s maybe more a reflection

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New Workforce Estimates Show Public Health Never Recovered from the Great Recession. Then Came COVID-19.

by JP Leider, PhD Source It’s 10 pm. Do you know where your public health workforce is? These next 6 to 8 weeks are likely to represent the midnight hour of the first wave of COVID-19. Models differ, significantly, but as states begin to reopen, we know that thousands of more deaths are on the way. When this pandemic started

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

by JP Leider, PhD 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

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