May 11, 2011
By Robert Field, professor of law and public health at Drexel University: Do you know anyone who died of polio or from a cup of water? If you live in America, probably not. But in many countries, such tragedies are still common. We in the United States owe our good fortune to the work of public health. It protects our health and well-being on a national scale. Public health is different from health care. The latter is the range of services we receive from doctors, nurses, and others.
February 4, 1991 |
In November 1989, the voters of Montgomery County overwhelmingly voted to create a county health department - 52,734 in favor, 31,646 opposed. Rosellen Burcin was one of the naysayers. Burcin is the local health officer for Lansdale Borough - and far from the only opposition voice among her counterparts. "It's a touchy subject," she says of the long-standing controversy over local health monitoring versus countywide monitoring. "The populace is perceiving that we (health officers)
November 25, 2002 |
At a time of growing public-health concerns - bioterrorism, West Nile disease, obesity - programs to develop experts to deal with such problems are sprouting in the Philadelphia region - and across the nation. These new programs train people for jobs in health departments, health systems, drug firms, and community health groups. There are now at least six graduate-level public-health programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania and one in South Jersey. Four have been launched in just the last year.
May 13, 2010 |
Delaware County residents would benefit from leadership in and coordination of public health systems, according to a study discussed Wednesday night at a rare nighttime County Council meeting. The study also identified gaps in coverage that indicate room for improvement in such areas as outreach for smoking and alcohol consumption, bicycle helmet use, Lyme disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. About 50 people attended the meeting with the council and researchers. In June 2008, the county contracted with Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health to survey its public health services and identify needs.
August 19, 2002 |
Philadelphia's only school of public health has a new dean. Marla Gold, an infectious disease specialist, stepped into the job this month at Drexel University. She replaces Robert O. Valdez, who resigned to become a professor in Drexel's business school, according to university officials. Gold didn't need to move far to become dean. Her new digs at 1505 Race St. are only a block from her AIDS/HIV clinic on Vine Street, where she and colleagues put together the largest practice of its kind in Philadelphia.
May 4, 1988
They threw everything but rotten tomatoes at Health Commissioner Maurice C. Clifford when he appeared before City Council late last month. The bad blood might surprise most folks since Dr. Clifford keeps an exceedingly low profile in a city that ranks right up there with the worst in the nation in terms of infant mortality, teen pregnancy and AIDS. In a nutshell, that's part of the problem: Dr. Clifford is a gentlemanly physician who, at 67, gives the impression he's stepping back from the fray, at a time when the city's health problems show no sign of slackening.
March 25, 2010 |
Robert M. Patterson, 63, of Center City, a professor of public health at Temple University who researched environmental health hazards, died of pancreatic cancer March 14 at home. During his career, Dr. Patterson was involved in 35 research projects, including setting guidelines for workplace exposure to chemical substances, studying the exposure of commuters to motor-vehicle pollutants, and researching the electrical conductivity of power-line workers' boots. He helped Philadelphia Air Management Services develop asbestos regulation and served on Philadelphia's Air Pollution Control Board.
August 29, 2007 |
James McAnaney, 55, of Northeast Philadelphia, an investigator for agencies tracking AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases who devoted half his life to public health, died Thursday of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. McAnaney began his career in New York as a U.S. Centers for Disease Control representative in the early 1980s. "He canvassed neighborhoods and knocked on doors in Brooklyn, investigating sexually transmitted diseases," said his wife of 16 years, Suzy Drinan.
October 24, 2004 |
For Allison Oler, the severe shortage of influenza vaccine is more than a story on the nightly news. As the mother of three children, she knows that her house will be incapacitated for a week if - or is it when? - the flu arrives. Worse, as a primary-care physician, she has several thousand high-risk patients who are now without an inoculation that could save their lives. Five years ago, there wasn't much interest in the vaccine; now it is more precious than a winning lottery ticket, and its distribution seems just as random.