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From the Dean's Desk

  • Assuring the conditions for health

    12/21/2015 12:33:11 PM

    This past year illustrated perhaps even more intensely than ever the ways in which population health is influenced by upstream factors. Countries all over the world continue to grapple with the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets linked to the ways in which we have organized transportation, work, and the production and distribution of food. At the same time a mind blowing number of people all over the globe lack something as simple as access to clean water. Average world temperatures continue to increase at an alarming pace (just here in Philadelphia last week over 60 degrees in December!). Inequalities in health by race, ethnicity or social class remain unacceptably large in many countries including the United States. But these challenges also present opportunities for public health. As we end 2015 take a minute to read about some of the ways we at the Dornsife School of Public Health are working to improve population health through evidence and action, here and abroad. And as we start a new year, let us redouble our commitment to create the policies and environments necessary for the health of all of us.

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  • The power of old fashioned (“little”) data

    11/17/2015 10:45:59 AM

    At a time when there is so much talk of the promise of “big data” it is sobering to see the striking patterns and findings that can emerge from  “simple data”, and the classic approaches of demography and epidemiology that have formed the basis of public health for centuries. Just over the past few weeks, two studies reported extensively in the media have demonstrated the insight that can be gleaned from the simple analysis of mortality data.

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  • Reimagining Health in Cities

    10/1/2015 9:56:00 AM

    Just a few days ago, here in Philadelphia, we had an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine our very own city. For four days on the occasion of the visit by Pope Francis, a large part of the city was closed to traffic. It made me wonder about the health impact of this new city: what might happen to asthma rates, to traffic-related injuries? Cities, the way we design and operate them, the way we distribute resources within them are of our own making, and it is within our power to transform them. Our goal to improve health in cities is closely linked to the founding principles of our School: that health is a human right and that social justice is critical to improving population health. We at the Dornsife School of Public Health invite you today to come on a journey with us, to reimagine health in cities, to work together to create a city that is more livable, more fulfilling, and yes, healthier for all.

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