Category public health

The things I learned…

This is a blog post I wrote for and shared with the students of MC795 The Health of Adolescents and Emerging Adults (for which I TA’ed this semester): Dear learners and journeyers of MC795, It is almost the fifteenth week of our meeting, and I believe we could continue to meet, think and talk for […]

Superbowl Sunday

This Sunday an expected 184 million Americans will tune in to watch the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XLIX. A tough game is expected with the two competitors evenly matched in their strategy, physicality, and aggression. As such, spectators can look forward to a lively and tense game. There […]

Changing the Cage

In public health we learn hard skills and strategies to guide us in assessing community health issues, developing programs/policies and evaluating their efficacy. And yet, each day our work is challenged by new frameworks, belief systems, politics, and systems of oppression. This week we ask: How does public health take on addiction—one of our most […]

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Junior

Justice and Public Health

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As we head into a day commemorating Dr. King, this past week gives us much to reflect upon as individuals, community members, and public health researchers and practitioners.The tragic suicide of trans* teen Leelah Alcorn […]

I have 48 hours to get my shit together…

I am depleted. I don’t know if I’m egotistical or naive, but I didn’t realize how difficult finding my place in graduate school would be. I’ve researched the institutions I’m “applying” to, looked at the researchers, found ideological interest/research matches, secured recommenders, and rewritten my CV. And then there’s the personal statement. I asked a […]

black and white maze diagram

Trying to follow the map…

What happens when you’re from a working-class become middle-class-family background trying to negotiate higher education and “find” your profession? Well, if it’s like my case, you can’t figure out your way because you don’t know the information to help you to understand the key that defines the roadmap which gets you to your endpoint. I […]


In class tonight, the final session of this very long Spring semester, we are watching a section of The Laramie Project. The course I have been teaching for 15 weeks now is an interdiscpilinary course exploring various experiences of prejudice, discrimination and oppression. It is a survey course; one that brings students into an issue […]