Be Heart Healthy

These are the facts: Unlike Kent Thornburg, I’m going to begin with the bad news. The reality is that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in western societies (Psaltopoulou et al., 2017). Cardiovascular diseases are generally defined as conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to cardiac arrest, angina…

Determinants of Health: Canadian Edition

In my current occupation I deal, almost exclusively, with health policy, responding to public health policy and adapting it to a private healthcare setting. Recently, while researching public health policy issues, an article written by Dr. Dennis Raphael (2003) addressing the social determinants of health in Canada caught my attention. The article examines several publications…

Let’s Talk About Health

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and States. World Health Organization, 2018 If you were to read that…

Multilevel Understanding of Tobacco Prevention

The health and wellness model defines health in the same context as the World Health Organization, “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 2018) The model encompasses numerous typical categories of multilevel health models, such as community support and involvement, population…

Professional Social Media Presence

For most of us, social media is a part of our lives in one way or another. For me, specifically, I have created a separation between personal social media accounts that are locked and unsearchable, and public ones. However, my social media posting rules apply to every social media account whether public or private. An…

The Journey Begins

Thank you for joining me on my public health journey! I think the part that excited me most about public health is the benefits that it provides to both healthcare professionals and patients. I believe that policies are in place to create safe, respectful and productive environments in order to upkeep our outstanding healthcare standing…