Category Archives: Public Health

My study trip to Cuba

  In January 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend one week in Cuba and learn about its healthcare system, thanks to the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and Professor Marilyn Aguirre-Molina. Since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, … Continue reading

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Write to your elected officials regarding public health policy

In order to affect health policy, public health students and professionals must reach out to elected officials to make our voices and opinions heard. One way to do this is to mail out a brief one-page letter stating the issue, … Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy: A Manhattan Perspective

After the APHA meeting in San Francisco, coming home to New York on October 31st was no ordinary feat.  Many of my colleagues had their flights canceled and were stranded for an additional 1-3 days.  I was one of the … Continue reading

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Make the most of your fieldwork experience!

Fieldwork is an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom, become a part of a public health team, explore different career paths and network.  It can also provide a supportive environment to expand your comfort zone.  If … Continue reading

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The Power of Language in Public Health

While viewing the public hearing yesterday regarding portion control on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in New York City, it really bothered me how speaker after speaker, in particular those who opposed the amendment proposal, called it a “ban.” In fact, it … Continue reading

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Supreme Court Got it Wrong; Obamacare’s Unconstitutionality by the Numbers

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, in a landmark 5-4 decision. Unfortunately, they got it wrong. The PPACA, known colloquially as Obamacare, should have been struck down by the … Continue reading

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The importance of taking care of ourselves…first.

I just had my annual physical (and want to remind you to schedule one if you haven’t already had one this year), and for the first time, answered “yes” to some of those routine questions and reported that my physical … Continue reading

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To ban or not to ban – that is the large sugary drink question

The biggest story in public health this week is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sizes (over 16 oz.) of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in food service establishments such as restaurants, movie theaters and sports … Continue reading

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School Breakfast: An Opportunity for a Healthy Start

The federally subsidized School Breakfast Program began as a pilot project in 1966 and was made permanent in 1975. Students that meet Federal Poverty Level (FPL) requirements are eligible to receive free or reduced-price breakfast, which is typically served in … Continue reading

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Community Residents Hold The Key to Neighborhood Improvement

On April 18, 2012, I attended the New York State Public Health Association’s Pre-Conference Workshop: “Towards Health Equity: Transforming Communities through Engagement” in Troy, NY. A presentation given by Deborah Puntenney, Ph.D., Barbara Zappia, MPA, Lauren Snyder, RN, MPA and Miguel Melendez, … Continue reading

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