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Risk communication: A balancing act

Risk communication: A balancing act

In public health, a great deal of time is spent “trying to communicate to people what they should be worried about and how to minimize the risks that they might face,” says Nancy Allen, MPH ‘05, Instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. This facet of public health is known as risk communication. As Allen notes, public health professionals must pair scientific evidence with public relations … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cancer, Emergency Preparedness, Influenza, Prevention, Zika Virus

The importance of access to reproductive health care

“We need to ensure that the next generation is as healthy as possible,” says Odilia Bermudez, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Nutrition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “And that their children and their grandchildren are also coming into this world healthy and happy.” Public health professionals have an important role to play in education and policy work surrounding reproductive health, including contraception, fertility, pregnancy, and birth. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, with higher rates among ethnic minority groups and low-income populations. Unintended pregnancies are associated with low birth weight, later initiation of prenatal medical care, and other health concerns for women and fetuses. In addition, they correlate with lower income … Read entire article »

Filed under: Prenatal Health, Prevention, Reproductive Health, Sex Education

Vision Zero: Traffic safety in Boston and beyond

Vision Zero: Traffic safety in Boston and beyond

A car struck and injured two women and a boy walking on the Freedom Trail. A duck boat killed a woman riding a motor scooter. A teenager in Dorchester and a surgeon in Back Bay died in collisions with motor vehicles. These and other high-profile crashes in Boston in recent years have motivated new efforts to improve road safety. Traffic hazards are not unique to Boston. After years of progress, 2015 saw a spike in traffic-related … Read entire article »

Filed under: Injuries, Prevention, Traffic Safety

This prescription is a walk in the park

This prescription is a walk in the park

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with events across the country. Whether you honor the centennial by going to the Grand Canyon or to your neighborhood playground, getting outside is healthy. Green space for exercise can help your heart and lower your blood pressure.  Just sitting outdoors can improve your mental health. Less than half of U.S. adults meet recommended guidelines for daily exercise, and nearly 1 in 13 people over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Exercise, Mental Health, Prevention

Know your nose: seasonal allergies are in the air

Know your nose: seasonal allergies are in the air

As another summer ends and back to school season begins, many of us are beginning to notice emerging symptoms of sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throats, and congestion. The first day of fall is tomorrow, September 23rd, and with the warm daytime temperatures and cool night climate, ragweed and tree pollen are thriving at the expense of our immune systems. Allergies in the fall? Allergies are a growing public health issue affecting millions of Americans, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Allergies, Prevention, Winter Health

Tufts PHPD Explores Bullying Interventions for National Bullying Prevention Month

Tufts PHPD Explores Bullying Interventions for National Bullying Prevention Month

October is here, and in the realm of Public Health it is easy to forget about autumn foliage and pumpkin spice lattes. Instead, we busy ourselves with flu shots and preparing for the cold weather. However, October does not only mark the beginning of flu season. It also is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying has garnered attention as a national concern. Nationwide surveys and studies have revealed that one in three youths experience bullying on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bullying, Prevention