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Influenza: Let's set the record straight

Had I done harm by claiming to get the flu from the flu vaccination? Was I perpetuating a false, yet commonly held belief? Would my tale cause others to avoid the flu vaccination and subsequently fall ill?

Environmental Health, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals, Whole Systems, drought, water


About a month ago I was chatting with my cousin and the issue of lawn care came up. I randomly asked if he’d adjusted his watering schedule due to the drought. With a perplexed look he responded, “No, why would I do that?” “Because we’re in a drought” I replied slowly. I didn’t understand how this could be news to him. “We’re always in a drought. I haven’t been told to adjust my water usage, so until I get something in the mail from the water company, I’m going to keep my lawn green”.

News, Research, Whole Communities, Whole Systems

Loma Linda Research of San Bernardino Rail Yard Featured in Journal

An article titled “Experiences of a Rail Yard Community: Life is Hard” will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Environmental Health and is featured on the cover. The article, discussing the merits of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), comes out of the Center for Community Resilience, a part the Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH). The papers lead author, Dr.

Whole Communities, Whole Individuals, Whole Systems

What's your normal?

Last week I was working my office when a student came in and asked that I unlock a side room. He commented that I was working late that night. I glanced at the clock saw that it was only 6:45 p.m. and  thought to myself, this is still early. I replied to the student that these were normal work hours for me. Nothing about that conversation was extraordinary, yet I found myself thinking back to it hours later. That is my normal. This is undoubtedly a similar to many of my colleagues. Our work culture can be pretty intense.

News, Research, Whole Systems

Loma Linda Research: Vegetarian Diets Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Increase Health

Consuming a plant-based diet results in a more sustainable environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions according to a study from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.  Previous studies relating dietary patterns to green house gas emissions relied on simulated data or relatively small populations to find similar conclusions. The study was co-authored by Dr. Joan Sabatè,  nutrition professor and Dr. Samuel Soret, executive director of the center for Community Resilience at the school of public health at Loma Linda University.

Global Health, Travelgiveworklove, Whole Systems

Football and Global Health

by Taiwo Adesina from travelgiveworklove Last night the 49ers played their final game of the season, losing in the NFC Championship to the Seattle Seahawks by 6 points and thus losing their chance to meet the Denver Broncos in the 48th Superbowl in New York.

Health Education, Health Promotion, Leadership in Health Systems, Population Medicine, Whole Communities, Whole Systems, community resilience

Health Disparities and Prevention through the Lens of Race

Sam Soret, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, LLUSPH - An Ethical Imperative and a Matter of Effectiveness.  How can it be possible, and acceptable, that in the wealthiest nation on the planet, African Americans live an average of six to seven years less than Whites; or that, a Black woman has four times greater risk of dying from pregnancy complications than a White woman?  How can the public health profession engage in any type of prevention discourse without addressing such persistent disparities?

Global Health, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals, Whole Systems, community resilience

Got Public Health?

Sam Soret, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, LLUSPH - 

Global Health, Health Education, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals, Whole Systems

I Am Change

By Katie Freeland, MPH Global Health student