Category Archives: The Wide World of Public Health

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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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Must Be Ethical

by JP Leider, PhD I have a confession to make. I sometimes publish papers in journals other than JPHMP. I know, for shame. One of these papers is on Crisis Standards of Care, and was recently made freely available as a COVID-19 resource from the American Journal of Public Health. The premise of this manuscript is that it is a

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Getting Creative but Remaining Rigorous, and Scientific, in Responding to a Pandemic

by JP Leider, PhD Apparently, I have missed an anniversary. Almost exactly 10 years ago, when we were in the midst of the last pandemic, I published my very first scholarly first-author paper – Convalescent transfusion for pandemic influenza: preparing blood banks for a new plasma product? The basic idea of this paper is that I and coauthors Patricia Brunker

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What’s the Deal with Public Health Funding?

by JP Leider, PhD I woke up this morning and decided the question of public health funding deserved the Jerry Seinfeld treatment. Like my colleagues who do disaster planning and are in public health more generally, I get many questions each day about COVID-19 and what the average citizen should do. Make no mistake, these questions are coming from a

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A Workforce in Transition

Meditations on the MPH

by JP Leider, PhD 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.

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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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