Join the conversation: “Is This Public Health?”

My name is Andrew and I’m a hospital/health insurance strategy guy. Prior to school, I worked for a boutique health care management consulting firm and spent this past summer at Massachusetts General Hospital. I’m interested in payment innovation, which is why I work with one of the largest patient-centered medical homes in the nation. No…

Taking Notice

As part of the International Health track of the Epidemiology program, I often forget that direct impact can be made locally through simple means. In fact, anyone can “practice” public health through top-down or bottom-up approaches. Some examples of the different approaches are discussed in the first 3 paragraphs here. Due to the struggling economy,…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Health Disparities Lecture

The U-M School of Public Health was the lead organizer of this year’s annual health disparities lecture in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Symposium on campus. Each year, many of the health science schools (Public Health, Social Work, Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry) work together to bring a speaker to discuss…

Internship at the Washtenaw County Health Department

You know you’re a public health dork when… you leave a two-hour meeting at your internship with your head buzzing about the possibilities of health promotion programs in your community. For my social work field placement this academic year, I’m placed at the local health department, Washtenaw County Public Health. On my first day of…

Using Census Data as a Student

Tiffany’s recent post about the 2010 U.S. Census reminded me of some of the reasons it’s important to fill out your Census forms completely and properly. Just this year alone, I have had multiple class projects that use Census data – for project development, community profiles, and tracking health disparities. I also participated in a…