Posts Tagged ‘public health’
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When I was four years old someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up and I said, “I want to be a Psychiatrist and I am going to drive a Porsche.” My mother and everyone in the room were shocked, especially since my family and I were living in housing projects in Connecticut. The adults asked my Mom and Dad where I got this idea from and my Mom replied, “I have no idea.” Every since I was a very young child, I always knew what I would and would not do. I cannot explain it, but I was just wired differently.
I have passionately pursued school for my entire life. I admit it! I absolutely ADORE critically thinking, discovering, learning, and studying. I feel complete when I have a book in my hand and I am delving into its contents.
Well, I just received word that I have reached my limit for financial help at the doctoral level. At first I was numb. Then, I started to regret the fact that both of my parents are deceased and cannot help me finish my doctoral degree. I mean I am at the finish line here! I only have 4 classes, 3 residencies, and my dissertation until I am done. Next, I blamed the powers that be because they have greatly reduced the amount of money that one could access in order to achieve their doctoral educational goals.
After I felt discouraged, lamented, and even felt like giving up, it hit me. Now is not the time to give up. I have 90 days to find funding to finish my doctoral degree. After all, I did NOT have the money to attend UCLA, but God (a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) and my grades caused me to receive 15 or so scholarships and grants to go to college. Next, when I began studying at the graduate level, I had no money, but again the money showed up. So, I am asking myself. Why would this situation be any different than my educational quests in the past? I will obtain the money that I need to finish and obtain my doctoral degree! I will be able to continue to enroll in classes by December 3, 2012.
So, for the next 90 days, my new mantra is, “GOD IS MY FIRST CHOICE AND MY ONLY OPTION.”
I was pulling up to a gas pump about 4 years ago when I noticed a man blowing snot out of his nose with his bare hands and no tissue. He let the snot fall right in front of the pump and used his hands to wipe off any excess snot. Next, he picked up the pump with those same “nasty hands” and began to pump gas.
I was completely disgusted! At that moment, I vowed NEVER to use my bare hands to pump gas. I knew that the gas pump and the hundreds of people that touch them make the pump a cesspool for germs and infection. These days, with the high cost of gas prices, it would be a shame to pick up germs from the pump after I have already been gouged at the gas pump financially. Lol!
Do you use gloves at the gas pump? Do you think that it’s a good idea? If you think that I have gone too far with this idea, let me know. Please leave a comment and share your opinion?
I think that this is such an important organization. In America, Malaria is pretty much obliterated but people, especially children, are dying every day from deadly mosquito bites. It amazes me how something as simple as a net, will block out deadly mosquitos and saves lives.
Looking for a charity to support? To donate, log onto www.malarianomore.org. Leave a comment and let us know why you do or do not think that this is an important organization to support.
I am a Public Health Doctoral student. If God be willing I will be Dr. Judith in about 2 more years (big smile). I chose this field of study because I am extremely passionate about improving my health, the health of my family, and the health of populations. Since I have decided to commit my life to Public Health, I thought it was worth mentioning it on this blog. I currently have an MPH Degree in Public Health. Many people have asked me, what does that stand for. Lately, I started to have fun with the letters and I answer with, “Muppets, Ponies, and Horses.” Once I see the look on the person’s face when I give them the fake name they laugh and it becomes a great conversation piece as an MPH is a Masters Degree in Public Health.
So what is Public Health? Charles-Edward A. Winslow, a theoretician and leader of American public health during the first half of the twentieth century defined public health in 1920 as (Schneider, 2006):
“The science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, the control of community infections, the education of the individual in principles of personal hygience, the organization of medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and preventive treatment of disease, and the development of the social machinery which will ensure to every individual in the community a standard of living adequate for the maintenance of health.”
I think that Winslow’s definition of public health is still very accurate today. In short the discipline of public health is designed to improve the quality of life of populations not just individuals. Have you ever wondered what kind of problems would fall under the umbrella of this public health? Here’s a very short list:
Community neighborhood safety
Gang violence prevention or intervention
Breast cancer screenings
HIV/AIDS screening and prevention
Quality Air Control
Providing Community Alerts when Diseases Arise
Protection From Gun Control
Providing Safe Places for Kids to Learn and Play
As you can see, public health covers any topic that would impede society or populations from living a healthy and quality filled lives. You may be asking yourself, why did she write about this? I don’t care about this topic. Well, I wanted to tell you why I started this blog. I started this blog to improve my own health and I decided to share my journey toward wholeness with everyone so that we can improve our lives together.
Schneider, M.J. (2006). Introduction to public health (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
The American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting asked the genius Dr. Cornel West to be one of the keynote speakers for social justice theme in public health. Dr. West currently serves as the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. I so admire this wonderful activitist, actor, critic, educator, orator, and philospher. I will step aside now and let this creative genius weave words together like musical chords. Please listen with your heart!!!
American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting 2010 in Denver, Colorado