When better surveillance confounds public health statistics

In public health and epidemiology settings, ‘surveillance’ refers not to sinister and intrusive monitoring of the population, but keeping records on trends in health. Some infectious diseases, for example, are subject to mandatory reporting, so public health agencies can follow their rise and fall over the course of time to determine if education, treatment, and […]

Smart, Targeted Public Health

One of the biggest challenges in US public health is that this is a huge nation, with numerous regional and demographic public health challenges. It’s not possible to locate easy, one size fits all solutions to public health issues, and relying on standardized practices inevitably leaves people in the dust. Troublingly, because the practice of […]