Category: What is Public Health?

Public health is a vast and poorly understood profession rooted in a ever-shifting balance between objective science and the subjectivity of the human experience. The achievements of public health have afforded us a standard of living never before experienced on Earth. I blog to share my journey into the public health sector to-date, what I have learned, what I know for sure, and what look forward to further exploring.

Poisoned Water > Feeling Inspired

“But isn’t it – but inspiring doesn’t – the difference is whether people get poisoned or not. Like I don’t – who cares if they’re inspiring? Like isn’t the – no, I’m serious.” – Chris L. Hayes Poisoned Michiganders Flint, Michigan. Located 68 miles northwest of Detroit via I-75, the city was once home to a General…

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — How History Affects Current Health Outcomes

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — a health observance dedicated by President Clinton in 2000. Even though striving to achieve and maintain good health is a daily affair, March is specifically dedicated to raising awareness about colorectal cancer. During the third month of the calendar year, America’s healthcare sector emphasizes (as it does…

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Part V: Four Recruitment Efforts to Build Public Health Alliances

Becoming more knowledgeable of a subject matter before discussing it to any extent is imperative.  Fewer things are more off-putting than conversing with someone who lacks a fundamental understanding of the topics (s)he attempts to discuss — an empty wagon. The same goes in partnership development; we should avoid engaging potential partners without an inkling…

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Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities: Ideas to Support Caregivers

*I originally composed this write-up on December 7, 2017; it has been slightly edited for my blog. On Thursday, November 16, 2017, CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) posted a blog entitled Rural Caregiving in the United States.  Written by one of GHEA’s key partners, Chandylen Nightingale, Ph.D. – an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School…

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Three Reasons People Engage in Partnerships

For those of us truly busy with our day to day activities, wisely investing our scant free time is paramount. We flock to the local pet shelters to give our canine besties baths and belly rubs or serve as volunteers on Habitat for Humanity projects — something I did extensively as a graduate student. Still others would rather spend time participating in other types of community centric partnerships designed to improve public health conditions for millions. Irrespective of how we donate our free time, we all usually do so for three main reasons.

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