Medical Epidemiology

Social Determinants of Health

The High Achieving Governmental Health Department in 2020 as the Community Chief Health Strategist

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This paper was prepared by RESOLVE as part of the Public Health Leadership Forum   with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. John Auerbach, Director of Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research, also put substantial time and effort into authoring the document with our staff. The concepts put forth are based on several… Read More ›

Complexity sciences »

Preparing for Microbial Threats to Health: What Every Professional Should Know

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In this presentation I introduce the “SFDPH Population Health Division Controlling Infectious Diseases Model.” This model integrates concepts from understanding transmission mechanisms, transmission dynamics, and transmission containment. The Model is most useful when facing novel microbial threats and we need simple framework for public health action. Preparing for Microbial Threats to Health: What Every Professional… Read More ›

Decision sciences »

Deriving Criteria Weights for Health Decision Making: A Brief Tutorial

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When it matters most, to make decisions, set priorities, or allocate resources we must rank and select among available options (“alternatives”). To accomplish this we develop and weight criteria, and then evaluate the alternatives against these criteria. More important criteria should have higher weights. For important decisions we should use science-based, objective measurements and methods to derive criteria weights. In this… Read More ›

Health & medical ethics »

Health care workers have ethical responsibility to protect their patients from preventable infectious diseases

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California Senate Bill 1318 (Lois Wolk) will require health care workers that do not get vaccinated against influenza to wear a face mask during influenza season. Here is my letter that was read to the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on 4/26/2012 by the Health Officers’ Association of California (HOAC): Members of the Senate… Read More ›

Health leadership »

The High Achieving Governmental Health Department in 2020 as the Community Chief Health Strategist

(0) Social Determinants of Health

This paper was prepared by RESOLVE as part of the Public Health Leadership Forum   with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. John Auerbach, Director of Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research, also put substantial time and effort into authoring the document with our staff. The concepts put forth are based on several… Read More ›

Healthy eating & active living »

Sugar MADNESS: How metabolic syndrome drives obesity and what you can do about it

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Sugar consumption, especially from sugary drinks, is the single largest and preventable contributor to the global epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and unhealthy weight gain. Fructose is the part of “sugar” that is the culprit. Fructose in liquid form is worse! Fructose is metabolized by the liver. With repeated exposures,… Read More ›

Health management »

Strategic Project Management Made Simple

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Updated templates LogFrame template as MS Word Document (exported from LibreOffice) LogFrame guidelines as PDF Document (exported from LibreOffice) LogFrame template for group facilitation MS Word Document (exported from LibreOffice) Introduction “Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams” (SPMMS) by Terry Schmidt is a book I highly recommend if you are juggling… Read More ›

Infectious diseases »

How the “Flu Blacklist” Explains Why the 2013-2014 Flu Season is Deadly

(0) Influenza A virus

In my professional role, I am interviewed by the media to explain why this flu season is so “deadly.” I have a more mathematical explanation at the bottom of the page (which is challenging to simplify). However, Rob Roth from KTVU Channel 2 interviewed me and suggested the term “susceptible list” to describe the people who… Read More ›

Public health practice »

The San Francisco DPH is getting a PHD!

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), Division of Population Health and Prevention (PHP) (also known as the “public health division”) has been reorganized into the new Population Health Division (PHD). (DOWNLOAD Full Annoucement [PDF]) The SFDPH mission is “To protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans.” Our new PHD vision is “To… Read More ›

R computing »

Applied Epidemiology Using R / RStudio, Fall 2013

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The fall course I teach — PH251D: Applied Epidemiology Using R & Studio — starts Monday, September 9 , 2013 (4pm-6pm) in 2030 Valley Life Science Building (LSB) at University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. PH251D is an intensive one-semester introduction to the R programming language for applied epidemiology. R is a freely available, multi-platform (Linux, Mac… Read More ›

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