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The Clementi case and the desperate need for a criminal justice paradigm shift

Violence is a critical public health issue and one that contributes to an astounding number of years of life lost, with homicide and suicide among the top 5 causes of death for those aged 1-44. Yet our response to violence

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National Public Health Week April 2-8, 2012: A Healthier America Begins TODAY. Join the Movement!

National Public Health Week kicks off today! Let’s start with the basics: what is public health? Ultimately, public health is about prevention at the population level. As the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s motto so fittingly states, public

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“Feel Rich – Health is the new wealth”: Moving beyond raising awareness to creating culture change

In our attempts to encourage people to lead healthier lives, we often make the mistake of bombarding them with facts and stats, do’s and don’ts, assuming the problem is a lack of knowledge. But let’s be honest – most people

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Kick the can: A possible model for occupy healthcare’s next step?

The recently launched “Kick the Can” website, a project of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy aiming to “give the boot” to sugary drinks, is cleanly designed, intuitive to use, and provides important and actionable information organized into the

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Building a healthier community: An Omaha case study

Building healthy communities is one element of a transformed healthcare system in the U.S.  Among other things, healthy communities help to reduce overall healthcare costs, decrease morbidity, increase the quality of life and the life span of every citizen. A

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The tobacco industry, graphic labels, and the “nanny state”

The CDC calls tobacco use “the single most preventable  cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States” with an estimated 443,000 smoking related premature deaths and 8.6 million living with serious illnesses caused by smoking. In addition, according

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Building a healthier, brighter future: Positive childhood and youth development

As this video from the Center on the Developing Child illustrates, in looking at determinants of health and well being, it is important to consider the enormous influence early childhood and later youth development have on children’s futures. Physical, social,

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Place matters: A look at urban planning and its impact on health

An op-ed in the New York Times last week described the United States’ disproportionate spending on healthcare in comparison to other social services that have an impact on health – a characteristic that puts us in the minority, as one

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How will you occupy World AIDS Day?

The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day on December 1st  is “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.” While the vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is commendable and details action steps, what is missing is a mandate for congressional

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Healthcare and revolution – Who’s afraid of Cuba?

I’m tired of hearing about the next new revolutionary drug that’s going to change the face of medicine. I’m tired of hearing about how the iPad is going to revolutionize healthcare. I’m tired of hearing about the social media revolution

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