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. Dr. Cicily Hampton currently serves as the Senior Director of Health Science & Policy at the Society for Public Health Education. As senior director, She leads SOPHE’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts to bring attention to public health, health disparities, and health education. Dr. Hampton received her Ph.D. in public policy from UNC Charlotte. In your opinion, what do you think are the most...
Mental health is a major health issue in the United States, as 43.8 million Americans suffer from diseases such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Over 50% of Americans who suffer from mental disorders do not receive any form of treatment or health services. Mental health has become a considerable issue for veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As of 2015, up to 23% of those who have returned from these two countries have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans display a similar trend for lack of treatment as is seen in the general population. Even more alarming, of those who sought treatment in 2008, slightly over 50% received just minimally...
Dear Research Advocate: A very close election has entered the history books, in the process laying bare the profound divisions that will challenge all our elected representatives as they seek to unify and heal the nation. We have been deluged with questions about the impact of a Trump Administration on science. A useful primer is his answers to the ScienceDebate.org questionnaire that we and several other groups worked together to create. For example, President-elect Trump says this: “...the federal government should encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration and investment in research and development across the broad landscape of academia.” He also says this: “Though there are...
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...
The November 2016 Research Advocate is now online. Highlights from this month include: Distinguished leaders in public policy will discuss the outcome of the 2016 Election and implications for the research ecosystem and medical progress during Research!AThe merica’s Post-Election Briefing November 15 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Tuesday, November 15, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET. Research!America and leading public health organizations will honor public health professionals on Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21 . Public health themes this year include One Health, prevention, mental health and health disparities. The federal policy update outlines...
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...
Dear Research Advocate: I begin with a moment of personal privilege-- congratulations to my hometown team, the Chicago Cubs on their stunning World Series victory! In 1908, when they last accomplished this feat, airplanes were virtually unknown, there was of course no internet, and women couldn’t vote in this country. Speaking of which...this election is now in the bottom of the ninth. I believe it is in the nation’s best interests to elect candidates who appreciate the significance of scientific discovery as well as the value of innovation to achieving faster medical progress. Because the more you know, the better you are able to choose your candidates. Consult our interactive map to see...
If you had an opportunity to include public health priorities in the next president’s inaugural or State of the Union address, what would they be? Building more healthier communities and increasing investments in public health research to understand the root causes of health challenges were among the recommendations of panelists at a town hall moderated by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Monday, October 31. The presidential candidates are interested in improving our nation’s infrastructure but they’re not thinking about the health infrastructure, noted Julie Gerberding, M.D., MPH , executive vice president 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. 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...

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