The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) created 3 short “What’s It Like” videos focusing on adolescent perspectives. Topics include: physical activity, healthy relationships, and positive youth development. Watch them here!
Category: Popular Culture
Resource: Bullying Prevention and Response Training Module
Do you want to learn how to recognize, intervene, and prevent bullying? Check out this module, designed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It highlights the impact of bullying on health and how bullying can lead to internalizing, psychosomatic, and academic problems. Throughout the module, users check their knowledge on topics through quizzes. The […]
Resource: Incidents of Mass Violence
Incidents of mass violence are human-caused tragedies that can impact whole communities and the country at large. These types of disasters, which include shootings and acts of terrorism, often occur without warning and can happen anywhere. Learn from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about who is most at risk for emotional distress […]
How long-term benefits override upfront costs: using research and evaluation to justify a female condom intervention
In a time where economic interests override public health concerns, a new study published in AIDS and Behavior shows that public health spending can reduce costs in the long run. In general, female condoms are more expensive than male condoms. However, after cost-analyzing an initiative that distributed 200,000 condoms to women in a neighborhood with […]
Becoming a data detective: some advice from David McCandless
Looking for the perfect gift for the epidemiologist in your life? Self-described “data journalist” David McCandless hopes you’ll consider his book, “The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia,” now available in stores. Based on data he’s gathered from varied sources as the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the European Environment […]
Teen moms: the new celebreality?
Over the past few weeks, the stars of “Teen Mom,” an MTV (ahem) “reality” show, have been in the news quite a bit. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, now in its second season, here’s a synopsis: MTV producers follow four pregnant teens through their difficult decision to raise a child — or […]
When is a chubby baby TOO chubby?
Posted by Clarence Jones Chubby Babies? Isn’t anything sacred? As a lifelong, card carrying member of the “Chubby Baby” club, I was recently surprised by the results of a new study published in February 2010 in the journal Clinical Pediatrics entitled “Identifying the “Tipping Point” Age for Overweight Pediatric Patients” that found over half of […]
Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Unnatural Causes – Free screening at UMN April 29, 2010
FACT: The average U.S. life expectancy, at 78.2 years, remains far below that of other developed nations. FACT: Even after adjusting for behaviors and access to health care, middle-class Americans live an average of three fewer years than their upper-class counterparts. FACT: African Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders have consistently poorer health outcomes than […]
Health ads from the past
These health-related ads from the previous century provide a funny (crazy? depressing?) reminder of how far we’ve come in public health. A few of them might also remind us that advertisements are not always the best place to get health information…
National Condom Week, February 14-21
As Planned Parenthood reminds us, February 14th-21st marks the 30-something anniversary of National Condom Week. To celebrate, we bring you an assortment of banned condom commercials. Please note: none of these are safe for work, but all of them are quite funny:
Posted by Clarence Jones Have you seen “Precious?” I haven’t. At least not yet, but I plan to see it this week. If the movie is half as intense as the buzz that I have been hearing, it is a movie to put on your public health must see movie list. However, a small warning […]