Author Archives: Natalie Rhoads

CHA Director Dr. Fielding on Lowering Prices for Lifesaving Drugs

Center for Health Advancement Director, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, addresses the exorbitant increase in drug prices and suggests several solutions in a recent U.S. News & World Report. Americans pay more for common medicines than most other countries, forcing millions of U.S. consumers to forego filling a doctor’s prescription or to lower their dosage to make the medicine […]

Pollution Politics makes for Happy Bedfellows

The California legislature has just passed legislation that may have a greater influence on our nation’s future even than all the feverish debates over Hilary Clinton’s emails. In voting to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels in the next 14 years (wow!), California has crossed the Rubicon into a post-carbon era. […]

A Public Health Concern: Summer Music Festivals

Summer often marks the reprisal of long-awaited music festivals that students have paid months in advance for to watch their favorite artists play live. While many hope for a fun weekend with friends, music festivals have increasingly become a public health concern. HARD Summer Music Festival took place about two weeks ago. As overwhelmingly fun […]

Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job

The short-term benefit is money in their pockets. The long-term benefits are improved educational, employment and health outcomes and reduced drug/alcohol use, arrest rates for violent crime and incarceration. Summer jobs for youth do more than save kids from boredom during their time off from school.   After generally trending downward since 1989, the labor […]

Using College Food Waste to Feed Food Insecure Students

Approximately 19% of University of California students go hungry at times due to limited resources and an additional 23% lack steady access to a variety of quality, nutritious food. Yet, college campuses are one of the biggest food wasters. College campuses throw away about 22 million pounds of uneaten food each year. That’s a lost opportunity […]

Are e-cigarettes sending progress on tobacco control up in smoke?

Tobacco control has been viewed as a public health victory. Since the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health more than 50 years ago, smoking rates in the U.S. are falling. However, with the introduction of e-cigarettes in 2007, public health experts may have a new hurdle to overcome.   E-cigarettes have been promoted […]

The (In)effectiveness of Workplace Wellness Programs

Once popular workplace wellness programs may be leveling off, a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found last month. Three years ago, approximately half of U.S. employers with 50 or more employees had wellness programs. Today, services offered through wellness programs are decreasing. Last year 61% of employers offered flu vaccinations at work, […]

Birth Control. There’s an App for That.

This week the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that would have shut the doors on half the state’s abortion clinics. I blogged about this case back in April, where I argued against restricting access to abortions and instead providing greater access to contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancies. Luckily, thanks to innovative health care, […]

Prescription for Chronic Disease: Rx Exercise!

I remember the very first day of a public health program design class I took. The professor asked the class to stand in different corners of the room to demonstrate whether we agreed or disagreed that exercise was beneficial to health. Everyone stood in the ‘agree’ corner. Then she asked us to stand in separate […]

For Sexual Assault Reports on Campus, Zero Doesn’t Mean Zero

It is estimated that one in five undergraduate college women will be sexually assaulted during their four years in school. While this statistic has been challenged many times, several studies have corroborated this number. Regardless of the true statistic, one sexual assault is one too many.   The Jeanne Clery Act, enacted in 1990, requires […]