Category Archives: Context of Population Health

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 […]

Waze to stay safe

The GPS navigation and social networking app Waze, which has more than 50 million users, uses nearby drivers’ alerts and real-time traffic to save you time while driving. But, as of last week it could start adding a few minutes to your commute. However, it is all under the goal of keeping you safe. The […]

Education’s Greatest Challenge is Chronic Absenteeism

More than 6 million students nationwide missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year, according to data collection by the U.S. Department of Education released last week. Missed school days are a predictor of high school dropout, which has been linked to poor outcomes later in life, including poverty, poor health […]

Getting to No

Politicians love to say “yes” to their constituents, but sometimes social justice requires that we give policy-makers a little help in getting to No.   In 2006 Californians voters passed Proposition 84, a $5 billion bond measure to pay for water quality improvements and improved park access. As part of the language of the proposition […]

Income Segregation Reproduces Education Segregation

Sixty-two years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional. Yet many remain racially, ethnically and family-income homogenous today. Just this week, a federal judge ruled that a Mississippi school needed to be desegregated. A recent study blames some of that segregation on parents with school-aged children. The author found that income […]

Fast Tax Facts

Total tax rates for all levels of government in developed countries.

Here is a visual blog post that largely speaks for itself.  The light gray lines represent other OECD countries. Some talking points, if you like: Taxation now is slightly below the level it was in the Nixon administration. Taxation in the US has always been below average among developed countries.  Now it’s the absolute lowest […]

Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs!

Google Doodle for Jane Jacobs

Without Jane Jacobs, our cities wouldn’t be less diverse and public health would suffer.   In honor of Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday today, there are many wonderful encomiums on the web, including at Vox, the Guardian, and a rich, multi-faceted post at Curbed.  And of course, more on Google.  All are well worth reading, but Jacobs is chiefly remembered […]

The Molecule Made Me Do It

Several weeks have passed since the Michigan Primaries, and as the cameras and political spotlight left the state, the country that was once so outraged by the lead levels of Flint’s water has largely turned its attention to other issues. Meanwhile, the residents of Flint continue to work to improve their water quality, and they […]

Life expectancy, suicide and wealth

As the life expectancy gap widens between the rich and poor and suicides increase at alarming rates, could financial stress be a contributor to both?   Life expectancy continues to improve for the wealthiest top 1 percent. They’ve gained three years in this century alone. However, the poorest are not seeing the same gains. The […]