A passion for Dearborn
Public health isn’t about coming into a community and suggesting the solution or intervention that we think is right. It’s about spending time with a community, listening and ultimately working together to bring about a change that the community feels will best meet its needs. Throughout this issue of Findings, you’ll read stories of Michigan Public Health students, alumni and faculty who are deeply dedicated to the communities they serve.
Turning to Public Health in a Crisis
In this issue of Findings, we learn about Oksana Fedorak, a native of Ukraine and Michigan Public Health student. She discusses the courageous and important work she’s doing to address mental health care in her home country as a result of the Russian invasion, as well as combat human trafficking.
Public Health Ideas
IN THIS ISSUE: Findings, Michigan Public Health showcases Public Health IDEAS, a new research initiative that will focus on improving urban health and preventing firearm injuries with new intention. We also visit with doctoral student Sara Feldman. For her, dementia isn’t just something she studies, it’s something she lives as a full-time caregiver.
Your health is my health
IN THIS ISSUE: Few of us are eager to think about the next global pandemic, but we must—it’s what public health does. The key to preventing major public health disasters is a new culture of trust, coordination, and compassionate engagement. In the Fall 2021 issue of Findings, we explore the broad impacts of the decisions we make across time and location.
Good science changes
IN THIS ISSUE: Science seems to change all the time, but why don’t we “get it right the first time” more often? This perfectionist demand on science has had troubling consequences during the pandemic. In coming to terms with a more fluid view of science and discussing that reality more regularly and openly, we can actually open up scientific endeavors to more voices and new possibilities.
Public Health 2020
IN THIS ISSUE: The coronavirus outbreak has reminded us that, in a matter of weeks, a single pathogen can affect the public’s health in nearly every corner of the world. It has reminded us that our behavior affects our neighbor’s health. And it has reminded us once again of the deep health disparities that exist across our communities.
Public health in a changing world
IN THIS ISSUE: The earth’s climate is changing and the changing climate has major implications for environmental and human health. In championing the health of every human on the planet and every ecological system we inhabit, public health will need to use its unique position at the nexus of research and practice, science and art, to sustain the public’s health in a changing world.
The interdisciplinary issue
IN THIS ISSUE: The interplay between public health’s various disciplines is what draws so many of us to it. Today’s public health challenges are complex. As our work pushes us further into interprofessional settings, we can rely on the breadth of public health’s worldview to respond to those demands and to facilitate solution-driven work across teams and organizations.
The art and science of advocacy
IN THIS ISSUE: Public health professionals around the world share a desire to ensure that public health research creates a lasting and positive impact. Advocacy, in its traditional public policy context and in its broader meaning of public service, is how we advance our research and our practice most effectively in support of the communities and environments around us.
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