Did you know that more people in the world have access to cell phones than toilets?? This startling fact shows even in the remotest parts of the world, the possession of a cell phone is becoming common place. In our latest episode, Nina interviews Dr. Alain Labrique, Director of the Global mHealth Inititive (GMI) at Johns Hopkins University and infectious disease epidemiologist. With the knowledge that so many people worldwide have access to mobile phones, the GMI has been collaborating around the globe to integrate this technology into healthcare practices to, for example, better connect patients in remote locations to medical services and reminders.
We also discuss his recently published study on the use of social media in public health research…Be sure to listen to Alain’s great advice for scientists who want to get involved in Twitter and other social media platforms, but are not sure where to start (and may be a little nervous to get involved in online discussions).
Public Health United is the podcast all about improving science and public health communication. In our latest episode, Nina interviews Dr. Conor McMeniman (Johns Hopkins) who has made the news alot recently because he won a challenge grant from the United States Agency for International Development to tackle the Zika virus outbreak by discovering novel ways to prevent, detect and treat Zika and future ID outbreaks. We discuss his grant proposal that won this prestigious award, the field work in Australia that got him involved in mosquito research, and his thoughts on science communication and how scientists need to be involved in community engagement so that our interventions will be accepted, trusted and implemented.
Despite growing numbers of women in STEM, there still remains a gap between female versus male scientists in terms of pay, grants, publications, and high level positions. Nina and guest Kathy Splinder (virologist from University of Michigan and co host of This Week In Virology) discuss the current state of women in science, mentors, and science communication in Public Health United’s latest podcast episode.
In our latest podcast, Nina chats with Dr. Geoff Steeves, Professor of Physics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society’s new Victoria branch. Nina and Geoff met at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Bootcamp last month where Nina was struck with his passion for space travel and deep knowledge of Mars, space innovations, and the imapcts of space exporlatation on public health.
Count how many times Nina says “wow” in this captivating episode on the recent innovations in space exploration, the potential for humans to sustainably live in space, and the recent images of Jupiter from the June spacecraft.
Learn what it’s like to be a scientist on the frontlines of viral outbreaks like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and Ebola with our guest Dr. Vincent Munster, Chief, Virus Ecology Unit at Rocky Mountain Labs at the National Institutes of Health. The Virus Ecology Unit combines traditional bench work at their state of the art facilities in Montana with work right where the outbreaks are happening, like Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Vincent was on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in Africa & was part of the unit to test patients for the virus. His lab also does research into MERS, including a transmission blocking vaccine for camels, and development of mouse & monkey models. We also feature friend & colleague Stephen Goldstein, PhD candidate working on MERS in the lab of Susan Weiss at the University of Pennsylvania. This was recorded at the American Society for Virology annual meeting at Virginia Tech.
Tune in to hear Vincent’s story on what it was like to be a scientist in Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak and his cutting edge work on MERS. Truly an inspirational scientist who’s focusing on improving global health!
Packed house last night at Awater’s to learn about homelessness in Baltimore City. Thought to be an average of 5000 people living without a home on a daily basis here in Baltimore (though this number is incredibly difficult to estimate) while there are 40, 000 unoccupied homes.
We had amazing speakers from the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau, Health Care for the Homessless, and the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition. Everyone should hear the stories of homessless directly from people who’ve experienced it. The main take away message: treat the homeless like people and not criminals.
I was the main organizer of the event, sponsorship came from my Community Affairs & Public Health Promotion Committee of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Student Assembly.
If you follow PHU on Facebook (which you should because I update our page there all the time), you know that I’ve been teaching a course of my own design to Hopkins undergrads on science communication. To finish up the semester, the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition Executive Director came to train our students in how to use Narcan and taught us about harm reduction.
Here we all are post-training with our Narcan kits.
One of my big goals is to bring public health and science education to adults in a relaxed and fun environment (like bars, clubs, coffee shops…). Adult education is basically non-existant which makes it even more difficult for parents, families, adults to make informed health decisions (and even decide who to vote for). I try to bring local health focused organizations to clubs so that adults can interact with these professionals that they probably would never had the opportunity to interact with before.
On April 29, Public Health United sponsored our second public health awareness and charity party, this time bringing education and training on Narcan, the life saving opioid overdose antidote. All proceeds of the evening are being donated to the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coaltion–a local non-profit that provides free harm reduction education and training to the public. We were able to offer attendees free trainings and kits so they can now be qualified to help people who are overdosing and even save lives. We also had tables with reps and info from Dancesafe & the American Public Health Association.
It was an extremely positive night and attendees just absolutely loved being able to talk health and recieve the Narcan kits in such a relaxed and open environment. We head a nationally touring DJ, Gazzo, headline the event. Gazzo had a friend die from heroin overdose several months ago–he learned that if his friend had access to Narcan, his life could have been saved. Everyone should get training!
Hello PHU’ers. Happy Thanksgiving a few days late. I’ve got so much to be thankful for this season. To name a big addition…Three weeks ago we got a new puppy! His name is Clark Kent or Clark for short. Not sure which of us was more exhausted after the big meal!