POWER TO PUBLIC HEALTH: ONE GRADUATE STUDENT AT A TIME

We humbly present the first inaugural release of Intervene Upstream. We hope to showcase a variety of articles and creative work from our talented and passionate peers.

Influence of Sexuality Discourse on Federal Sex Education Policy

Introduction to Sex Discourse in the United States In the United States (US), 95% of the population has sex before marriage. ((Donovan, M. K. (2017). The Looming Threat to Sex Education: A Resurgence of Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs? Guttmacher Policy Review, 20. Retrieved from https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/03/looming-threat-sex-education-resurgence-federal-funding-abstinence-only-programs)) On average, young people…

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Influence of Sexuality Discourse on Federal Sex Education Policy
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Why Public Health: Addressing Social Isolation, Loneliness

Public health is a broad term, encompassing many dynamic fields with complex interactions that affect the well-being of a population. My interests in public health lie mainly within the area of mental health, a crucial component of well-being; while the medical establishment is (generally) placing more importance on mental health,…

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Why Public Health: Addressing Social Isolation, Loneliness
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The Intersection of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health

(Or, how to work with animals and get paid for it) First Exposure My first exposure to veterinary medicine as a public health discipline was while working in a high-volume spay and neuter clinic. There, I saw hundreds of feral cats come through our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program and be released…

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The Intersection of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health
Feral cat with the tip of its left ear removed to indicate it has been trapped and neutered. Image and text from Wikimedia Commons.

Fighting the Normalization of Gendered Violence

I was born into a community defined by gender. Where subtle discriminations, sprouted at birth, developed into an intricate system of excuses and dependencies systemically binding women and men alike. Where men are held at such a high standard of masculinity that it is not uncommon for them to turn…

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Fighting the Normalization of Gendered Violence
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Working With West Africa to Contain Ebola: Understanding the Resistance to Initial Containment Measures

A Shift in Perspective If someone asked me what I felt hopeful about two years ago, it would have been a difficult question for me to answer. Now, the answer is simple. I feel hope that, through the pursuit of health equity, public health can improve the lives of all…

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Working With West Africa to Contain Ebola: Understanding the Resistance to  Initial Containment Measures
Finding a speciality within the field of public health can feel like a maze: there are many population health problems for our profession to address. Examining challenges from a broader perspective elucidates how many health problems are related to one another. Photo by Steven Hylands from Pexels.

Why Public Health: The Road Taken

The Early Years You can’t put public health students in a box. But I think it’s safe to say we all share a vision of a healthier future. My vision started to come into focus in the early 2000s. After graduating from college in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in…

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Why Public Health: The Road Taken
Julio Arruda Dos Santos is a Brazilian artist living in Miami. His work can be found on Instagram @juliosantos_art

Why Public Health? From Personal Experience to Proudest Achievement

Growing up as Cameroonian Muslim immigrants, my family struggled with the healthcare system because we were low-income and our providers didn’t culturally or linguistically relate to us. Public health is important because of its emphasis on preventative care: fixing a problem before a health condition worsens, an issue widespread in…

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Why Public Health? From Personal Experience to Proudest Achievement
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Inaugural Letter from the Editor-In-Chief

My journey towards a career in public health and creating this journal go hand in hand. Exposure to Public Health and Medical Humanities Writing I can trace my interest in public health back in my freshman year, where I first learned about the field. Despite this knowledge, I wanted to…

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Inaugural Letter from the Editor-In-Chief
A waterfall in Oregon, credit to Nicky Tettamanti

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