Things I Wish I Had Known 2 Years Ago

After many tests, papers, and presentations, I am finally done!  I have enjoyed my time in the program, and while it was challenging at times, I learned a lot both inside and out of the classroom. I sought the input of classmates to put together a list of tips and advice for incoming students that…

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This spring the May flowers got ahead of April showers, but a rainy Sunday is just what I need to study for the HMP 602 final in 48 hours. The CFPH certificate program is a week behind the residential program schedule, but that was a good during the heady days of the debate and passage…

Ann Arbor Protest Against SB1070

  I took a little study break from finals this afternoon to participate in the Ann Arbor protest against SB1070 that will require Arizona immigrants to carry identification documents on them at all times. They will now be able to be asked to show proper identification if they “look” like they could be illegal. How…

PCAP- Prison Creative Arts Project

  PCAP is an organization at UM that does work with both adult and juvenile prisoners. It’s also a program through which Michigan prisoners can show and sell their artwork at an annual exhibition. The prices are very reasonable and the artwork tends to be impressive. This is their mission statement: “The Prison Creative Arts…

La Celebracion Latina

This year I’m helping to organize the Latino graduation at the University of Michigan- La Celebracion Latina. It’s the 11th year- and a really wonderful experience. It’s basically a more culturally and linguistically appropriate way to celebrate the accomplishments of Latino graduates and their families. Here is what the invitation looks like: We also have some great goodies  we…

Public Displays of Indecency?

It’s funny how pervasive certain attitudes or ideas are. Take public breastfeeding or even breastfeeding in general. In the context of mother and child in their own home, people think of it as a wonderful experience for the mother to bond with her child while nourishing that infant with her own milk. Take it outside…

Is Drug Resistance our Fault?

The Office of Public Health Practice hosted their annual symposium on Wednesday, and the theme was “Can the World be TB Free”?  I only had a chance to attend one of the talks (by Dr. Joseph McCormick), which dealt with the rising problem of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and how our treatment strategies for TB…