Public Health Resources

The Cost of Obesity in America

Obesity rates in the United States have tripled since the 1960s and doubled since the 1980s. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, a national epidemic that contributes to chronic disease, disability, and death, and places a large financial strain on the health care system.

Local Officials Often Make Health Care Decisions with Little Input from Citizens

In 2016, U.S. state and local governments spend $558 billion on health care. And yet, each year, only 20 percent of eligible voters actually vote in local elections. We examined some offices related to health, health care, and public health that are decided by local elections, the types of decisions that come with those positions, and the consequences of not voting.

Flint Was a Wake Up Call. Now What? Framing the Conversation around Lead, Water and Public Health

A panel discussion organized by MPH@GW and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University focused on the health risks of lead service lines within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead and the role of public health professionals in the replacement process.

Drinking Water and Lead Service Lines: Partnering to Protect Public Health

Join us for a discussion focused on lead service line replacement within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead. The event will address the health risk of lead service lines, the role of public health professionals in the replacement process, and the importance of effective partnerships between public health agencies and water utilities to develop creative solutions.

Let’s Meat in the Kitchen: Preventing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance through Safe Handling of Meat and Poultry Products

Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread from farms to people through a number of different ways But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. In this video, Dr. Lance Price shows you how you can keep yourself and your family safe from exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may be present on meat and poultry products.

11 Ways to Reduce your Holiday Carbon Footprint

We’ve compiled 11 ways for people who are concerned about their environmental footprint to make seasonal celebrations more sustainable.