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How Well Do You Know the Flu?

Dr. Joe Bresee with CDC's Influenza Division addresses common questions and misconceptions about the flu and the flu vaccine. This video is intended for general audiences as well as health care professionals. For more information related to flu and the flu vaccine, please visit the CDC Seasonal Influenza (flu) web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
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We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918

In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 - five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn?
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Bringing the Public into Public Health

Dr. Michael Johansson of the CDC Dengue Branch describes the use of internet-based participatory surveillance to collect community health data. Participatory surveillance is a public health surveillance method that directly questions people in a community about their health rather than relying on more traditional physician based health reporting.
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The Spread of Obesity in Social Networks

Video based upon material from N.A. Christakis and J.H. Fowler, "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 Years," New England Journal of Medicine 357(4): 370-379 (July 2007).
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Video Focus

Brooklyn's Volunteer Ambulance Service

Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is well past the notoriety it had in the 1980s and 1990s, when the area was neglected and crack dealers violently ruled the streets. Back then, two men began providing much needed help to their underserved community. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp was founded in 1988 by Captain James "Rocky" Robinson, an EMS tech, and Specialist Joe Perez. Rocky is still at the helm today, 26 years later, training a new generation to follow in his footsteps. With the community now much safer and better served, he has changed the BSVAC's original mission of saving lives to changing lives — helping young men and women who may not have any other options receive free training and eventually find jobs in the medical field. More.

Public Health 101

We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918

In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 - five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? More.

Epidemiology & BioStatistics

The Spread of Obesity in Social Networks

Video based upon material from N.A. Christakis and J.H. Fowler, "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 Years," New England Journal of Medicine 357(4): 370-379 (July 2007). More.

Health Behavior

Ten Distinguishing Ideas for Health Communication in the 21st Century

This presentation draws upon my book, Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, Second Edition, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley, 2013. It was given as part of a Sept. 10, 2014 Author's Night at the New York Academy of Medicine. More.

Health Services

Accountable Care: It's All About the Relationships

A keynote address by Dr. Elliot Fisher at the second annual RCRC Roundtable hosted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice on behalf of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. More.

Community Health

Brooklyn's Volunteer Ambulance Service

Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is well past the notoriety it had in the 1980s and 1990s, when the area was neglected and crack dealers violently ruled the streets. Back then, two men began providing much needed help to their underserved community. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp was founded in 1988 by Captain James "Rocky" Robinson, an EMS tech, and Specialist Joe Perez. Rocky is still at the helm today, 26 years later, training a new generation to follow in his footsteps. With the community now much safer and better served, he has changed the BSVAC's original mission of saving lives to changing lives — helping young men and women who may not have any other options receive free training and eventually find jobs in the medical field. More.

Environmental Health

Community Health Impacts of Factory Farms

Steve Wing received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is currently an associate professor. Recent work has focused on environmental injustice and health effects of ionizing radiation, industrial animal production, sewage sludge, and landfills. He has collaborated on health and exposure studies with communities and workers impacted by threats to environmental and occupational health. More.

Global Health

Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives

Health and life expectancy in poor countries have improved rapidly over a short time, contributing to a more prosperous, stable, and productive world. The United States has been a part of this success and therefore has an interest in protecting the health gains of the past few decades. In addition, the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has drawn attention to the consequences of neglecting health systems development, as a strong health system allows for prompt response to pandemic threats and draws on the same skills and infrastructure that support routine health care. Vulnerabilities in this system pose financial, political, and health risks to developing countries and, in a larger sense, to the world.

An IOM study looked at how health systems improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make donor investment in health sustainable. The resulting report stresses the importance of the health system in making transformative investments that support health in developing countries, and outlines a broad donor strategy that can make effective use of the United States’ comparative advantage in science and technology to improve health for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information, click here.
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