School of Public Health student news and stories from around campus.

Global Health, Life in Chad, Whole Individuals, community resilience

Crash and Burn

By Zachary Gately, MPH - This Friday evening, it was my turn to do vespers. Since I talk about a quite comical experience that happened this week, I though you might enjoy the story as well as the message. Confidence We all need confidence. A healthy dose of self confidence is needed in the work place, in school, art, and relationships. Confidence is a bit like having trust in yourself. You know you can accomplish x, y, and z without problems. It may not be easy but you have trained, practiced, or bs-ed your way far enough to know the hang of it.

Research, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals

Dr. Ronald Mataya Study of HIV Positive Women

A qualitative study exploring attitudes and perceptions of HIV positive women who stopped breastfeeding at six months to prevent transmission of HIV to their children R Mataya1, D Mathanga2, J Chinkhumba2, A Chibwana2, K Chikaphupha2, J Cardiello3 1. Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California, USA 2.

Global Health, Life in Chad, Whole Individuals, community resilience

Under the Mango Tree

By Zachary Gately, MPH - Work. Sleep. Wait. Talk. Wait. Attempt Internet. Wait. Read. Swat flies. Sleep. Work. Wait. Repeat in any order you want. This has been my life these last few weeks. Lots of waiting, lots of working, and lots of attempting to use the Internet. Anything mobile works great with my tablet and phone but any research or downloading papers takes forever. I would say its like pulling teeth, but that’s not too hard (at least with enough anesthetic). Imagine with me: take dial up from 1998.

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

Got Public Health?

Sam Soret, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, LLUSPH -  "Got milk?" is one of the most famous and influential ad campaigns in the United States. Typically, the ads feature people eating dry or sticky foods. The person in the ad ends in an uncomfortable situation due to a full mouth and no milk to wash it down. At the end of the commercial the character looks desolately to the camera while the "Got Milk?" words are boldly displayed.  If you are old enough, you probably remember the first “Got Milk” ad ran in 1993.

Life in Chad, Whole Individuals

I Am Not a Chadian Woman

By Zachary Gately, MPH - *written 31.OCT.2013 I have been thrilled that many of you are enjoying my blogs at and via email. Some of you have asked what I have been doing more specifically, what difference am I making in the lives of the people here, and how you can help out in anyway. I know many of you have been sending up prayers (even the small quick ones do wonders!) because it has now been 2 weeks since my last sickness!

Life in Chad, Whole Individuals

The Nasara Gets Malaria

By Zachary Gately, MPH - *written Sunday, 13.Oct.2013. Sweat was pouring off of me as we met last Sunday to discus our plan for the afternoon. A power struggle was going on for the fan. Shannice was cold and covered in hives where as I looked like a new water feature in the SM Hut. Everyone else was comfortable, looking on wondering which one of us was sick. Shannice had both Daniel and Josh betting that she would be the first to contract Malaria, which meant she would have to buy them each a meal in Paris on their flight home.

Whole Individuals, Writing

Throw Your Spaghetti Against the Wall

By Molly Dougherty, The Writing Center -  Things have been a little, uh, hectic for the Maven these days, leaving the blog cruelly devoid of tips on How Not to Write Bad Stuff.  But I’m back and sufficiently fortified with fabulous Trader Joe’s snax, so here I go. Words of wisdom.  Deep insights worthy of being needlepointed on your grandma’s favorite pillow. Razor-sharp observations on the beautiful interplay of nouns, verbs, adjectives, subjects, predicates, and dependent clauses twirling across my computer screen. Here they come.

Whole Individuals, recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Sourdough Chocolate Waffles

by Kimberly Paulien - Can i just say... i love pumpkin... and add some sourdough? HOLY SMOKES! Can you please just make these? Then TELL ME how it went!!! Listen to this song as you create yumminess!

Global Health, Life in Chad, Whole Communities, Whole Individuals

The Little Things in Chad

By Zachary Gately, MPH - Entering week six is forcing myself to come to terms with my new life. It's not much different than than any life you live. I work too much, sleep too little, talk to my loved ones less than I should, and do not exercise enough. I may not have running water like you do and you probably don't eat lunch under a mango tree on the regular. Regardless, life goes on and so does the daily grind. I cannot tell a lie, it's no cake walk here.

Health Education, Research, Whole Communities, community resilience

Dr. Ryan Sinclair Reusable Shopping Bag Study

Assessment of the Potential for Cross Contamination of Food Products by Reusable Shopping Bags Charles P. Gerba 1, David Williams 1 and Ryan G. Sinclair 2 1 Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2 School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA SUMMARY Most food borne illnesses are believed to originate in the home. Reuse of bags creates an opportunity for cross contamination of foods. The purpose of this study was to assess the potential for cross contamination of food products from reusable bags used to carry groceries.