Category Archive: Public Health

Black Panther Can Teach Us

Movies for life In the past few months, there have been a couple movies that speak to diversity in a way that demands attention and is becoming part of global culture. “Black Panther” is one of them, and I wanted to see it on the big screen. “Black Panther,” produced… Read More

Parkland, two weeks later

Awesome students and courageous CEOs Kudos to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where two weeks ago, a 19-year-old former student walked into the school and killed 17 innocent people, wounding more. Students, still grieving for lost friends, classmates and teachers, summoned the fortitude to… Read More

Revisiting banned words and a change of leadership at CDC

I wrote an earlier blog post about reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had banned certain words from use in communications by the agency. As Slate, among many other sources, conveyed, they were relatively ordinary words, including vulnerable, evidence-based and fetus. I’m writing now because… Read More

Words, evidence, science and vulnerable populations – they’re all intertwined

Last Friday, The Washington Post reported a disturbing story regarding a list of “seven banned words,” purportedly a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy. The list was particularly disturbing because the prohibited words – diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender and vulnerable – are ones frequently used in public health. The story precipitated… Read More