Flu Season is upon us, SPH!

Flu season is almost here (typically about November to March)! And students at the University of Michigan, and more specifically the School of Public Health (SPH), have a number of ways to get the flu shot if they wish. After having seen the movie “Contagion” this past week,  I may never skip an opportunity to…

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day: a day where 5,500 people will die of AIDS and 8,200 more will become infected with HIV – 152 of them in the United States of America. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS just released a report that says that AIDS is the leading cause of death globally in…

Finding an International Field Experience or Internship

I learned a lot during the process of finding my international field experience/internship in Peru last year. Although most funding sources don’t require you to submit applications until January and February, it’s a good idea to start looking for international placement options now (November). Most public health departments require an internship, and some programs require…

Dental Experience In Peru

I got a root canal in Peru. Yes, it’s a story for my grandchildren… not really. It is the simple fact that I can’t actually afford dental care in the US, even when I had insurance! You can learn more about the root canal(‘endodontic therapy’) process on Wikipedia (I trust Wikipedia for non-partisan things of…

Going to the Doctor in Peru

It was bound to happen – I got sick in Peru. After four days in which I couldn’t be far from a bathroom, I went to the clinic down the street to see what the heck I had. They sent me to the emergency room because there was a long line for the general doctor,…

Relay for Life @ U-M

Nationally, Relay for Life is a 24-hour “relay” that raises money for the American Cancer Society. At the University of Michigan, over 2,000 students and community members participate by creating teams to raise money before the relay itself and to walk around the Palmer Field track for the 24 hours of the relay. U-M’s Relay…

FestiFools! Ann Arbor’s Street Art Parade

There are many things I like about living in Ann Arbor, from restaurants to outdoor space. One great thing about this city is its support of public art. There are murals and mosaics all over downtown, and there are many public art events throughout the year. In 2007, one of my friends (who was a…