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5-Year Journey: One Blog

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

While it is critical that we reduce the number of tobacco users in Chicago, addressing this challenge alone will only get us so far. It is just as important to encourage all residents to adopt healthier lifestyles across the board.

5 Stories of 2014: The Surprising Links Between Human and Animal Protection

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Here's my list of five headline-grabbing stories in 2014 that show just how connected human health and animal protection are.

Local Liberian Communities Take Action

Joel Lamstein | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Joel Lamstein

The fight against the Ebola epidemic is a critical global issue that has captivated the attention of the broader international community. It has been a decade since Liberia emerged from an extended civil war.r

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Linda P. Fried

As we steel ourselves to keep combatting this crisis, it's important to highlight the public health lessons learned over 2014. Such crucial lessons will be critical for nations, health systems, and donors to embrace as Ebola evolves and other challenges emerge in 2015.

Don't Forget Our Anniversary: The Surgeon General's Report

Mary Giliberti | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

This month marked the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. In a report on State Mental Health Legislation in 2014, NAMI noted that on the first anniversary of the tragedy last year, Americans could see progress flowing from both the White House Conference on Mental Health and state legislation. This year, progress has slowed.

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.

Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

Beyond Three-Fifths of Health With Dr. America

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

One of our first sins as a country was abandoning an ideal of the Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal." When it came time to write our Constitution, we included a three-fifths clause that said if you fit the slave profile, then you only count as three-fifths of a person.

From Silos to Systems: Improving Knowledge Sharing for Public Health

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Knowledge sharing and management, provide a systematic approach through an activity (or series of activities) by which information is exchanged among networks and organizations. Knowledge sharing is a common approach to many recent public health solutions.

Why We Need to Strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Brian Castrucci

We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.

Global Kids: You Guys Do Matter

Global Kids | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Melissa Williams, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Neither of my parents got to go to school in a traditional s...

What The 10 Healthiest States In America Have In Common

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Not all states are created equal when it comes to public health -- and new rankings are here to prove it. For the past 25 years, the United Health ...

Violence as a Public Health Problem: A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Cure Violence appreciates that kids killing kids is the product of biological and group processes. This type of violence is a learned behavior: proximity and ongoing exposure to violence in a community triggers youth to imitate what they see.

Worldwide Deaths From Malaria Drop By Nearly Half

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living

* Sharp fall in malaria deaths worldwide in 2000-2013 -WHO * Ebola-stricken countries vulnerable to malaria resurgence *...

BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

Drug Deaths in the Dam -- Unfortunate Accident or Intention to Kill?

Adam Winstock | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Adam Winstock

As drug death alerts in Amsterdam show us just how a city can respond to a drug crisis, we ask: could someone be killing people who use drugs intentio...

Designing New Foundations for Public Health

Robert Ivy, FAIA | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Ivy, FAIA

Here are just a few collaborations from across the country that highlight how design can help create active, connected, toxin-free and equitable spaces for the 21st century.

The Movember Movement for Men's Health

Akhila Satish | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Akhila Satish

We need more conversation around men's health, and we need more non-profits like the Movember Foundation to drive public health awareness.

Ethiopia May Have Just Set The World Record For HIV Testing

AP | ELIAS MESERET | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 3,300 people were tested for HIV Sunday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella, a massive turnout that exceeded ...

How We Can Secure Better Mental Health For Poor Teens

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living

Poor teens who feel positively about their community may be protected from some of the damaging effects of poverty on mental health, according to new ...

Giving Thanks for Turkey Raised Without Antibiotics

Laura Rogers | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey this year, we can be grateful that consumers and food producers are recognizing the importance of antibiotics. Furthermore, we should resolve in 2015 to keep fighting against the overuse of these drugs -- and for all of us whose lives may depend on them.

Scaling Hope

Michael Seo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Michael Seo

The good news is that the number of Americans who are uninsured (without health insurance) dropped eight percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. The bad news is that this means 41 million Americans are not insured.

Public Health as Political Prisoner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?

What Were They Thinking? Massachusetts Town Tries to Ban Tobacco

Tony Newman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

With all of the good intentions in the world, outlawing cigarettes would be just as disastrous as the prohibition on other drugs. Let's imagine what our country would look like if cigarettes became illegal.