Public Health Thank You Day

This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. As a clinical psychologist who treats children and their families, I have the privilege of helping children gain better understanding of themselves, as individuals and in the context of their family, school and community. The opportunity to intervene in multiple settings can enhance outcomes and is one of the most interesting and challenging aspects of my work. However, such coordination of care is beyond the...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. “We can look back on the whole history of public health and see that environmental health is very at much the center of it,” said Tee Guidotti, M.D., MPH, president of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. “When public health was organized for the modern era in the 1850s, environmental health was one of the first areas to be codified into new public health acts, because that era was quite dangerous...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. I remember walking into my first patient consultation as a medical student on Infectious Diseases (ID) rotation. “Are you the detective who is going to figure out what is wrong with me?” The patient asked. As one of the few specialties that covers the entire body, ID physicians evaluate patients in great detail and with an open mind. Because infections and the effects of antibiotics reach far beyond...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. It’s that time of year again – flu season is here. Unlike the common cold, influenza is a serious and highly contagious disease that tends to develop quickly. Many people think “it’s just the flu”, but sadly, the flu can lead to hospitalization and death, even in healthy individuals. As a parent who lost her healthy five-year-old son to the flu, I want everyone to understand how critically important it is for...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. The U.S. is experiencing a shifting landscape of health care and public health. Access to care, quality of care, health care costs, medication adherence, and medication safety are top priorities to patients. Research has shown that, along with medication management, we can look to pharmacists to effectively provide preventive care and follow-up services, helping to address each of these priorities in easily...
Saluting Public Health Heroes Who Make America Safer and Healthier On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and leading public health organizations take time to recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us from disease, injury, and other health threats. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy. Each week leading up to November 21, Research!America and PHTYD partners are highlighting themes that are important to public health. Click here to visit the 2016 Public Health Thank You Day page for information and ways to get involved.​ To view our list of 2016 partners, click...
Dear Research Advocate: This week, I joined host Alex Philippidis to discuss the challenges the next President will face on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News’ Sounds of Science podcast. Not only are there policy decisions to be made, but the President’s transition team must also address more than 4,000 political appointments. Conversations are well underway, but it's not too late to suggest outstanding candidates, including people already in the government, perhaps ready for a new role. I encourage you to toss your own hat in the ring as well if you are hearing a call to public service. (Use this guide to learn more about the transition process and this resource to find out who...
The One Health Initiative , which is supported by scientific, health and environmentally related disciplines, represents the future of infectious disease treatment and prevention. As advocates for science and medical innovation, we must recognize the enormous potential that One Health holds and encourage multi-disciplinary thinking and collaboration across the full spectrum of stakeholders to improve public health and security. Many zoonotic diseases -- diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans -- have had profound effects on public health. Ongoing scientific research on a West Nile Virus vaccine, increased understanding of chronic Lyme disease and therapeutic treatments...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. While One Health or One Medicine is a relatively new idea, humans have long recognized the connection between animals, humans, the environment and health. Chinese scholars in the last three centuries BCE interpreted the earth and human body as interdependent and that if the land was unhealthy so was the body. Writings from the Hippocratic Corpus (composed between the sixth and fourth century BCE) include...
Dear Research Advocate: The election is only 18 days away, still time for candidates for Congress and President to share details about how they plan to speed medical progress. Use this editable message to reach out. Quoting the sentiment of former HHS Secretary and President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Louis Sullivan, in his recent op-ed on the landscape of science this election cycle: “Let’s hear some specifics!... We’re all ears.” A few days ago I joined ScienceDebate.org, YouTube, the Young Turks and leading science champions in a provocative discussion about the role of science in this year’s elections. Check out A More Scientific Union , on YouTube ( panel 1 , panel 2...

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
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