Category Archive: Public Health

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

Addressing discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

[This post is adapted from a memo on sexual harassment sent Dec. 5, 2017, to Gillings School faculty, staff and students. – BKR] Context for discussions about sexual harassment. Over the past several months, complaints about sexual harassment, assault and sexual misconduct have reached a crescendo in the news, calling… Read More

At gunpoint in our garage

My husband could have been another gun statistic. I’ve written multiple blog posts about gun violence, among many other public health topics. I believe strongly, based on data from this country and much of the rest of the world, that the problem of gun violence is multifactorial and its solution… Read More