Hurricane Dorian: Miamians Reflect on Public Health Response, Climate Change

Miami is no stranger to hurricanes, and admittedly, we’re often more likely to glance at radar images of an approaching storm, only to shrug and minimize its potential, joking about stocking up on alcohol. But we all know deep down that hurricane destruction is nothing we would wish on anyone.

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Hurricane Dorian: Miamians Reflect on Public Health Response, Climate Change
Hurricane Dorian reaching the Bahamas on its track to Florida, USA - September 1st, 2019 14.11 UTC. Image processed by Pierre Markuse, distributed on Flickr.

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.

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.

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