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Beyond Rural vs. Urban: The Importance of Considering Heterogeneity in U.S. Rural Health

While most people tend to spend more time inside, many public health studies focus on the outside world. But when analyzing health risks associated with what researchers call the “built environment,” both venues are important to examine.

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Embracing the Value of Roots in Your Research

She was the oldest of 11 children, and her family didn’t own a television or a radio. With no modern sources of entertainment, Torres spent most of her childhood roaming through farms, of which there were plenty. Her rural community’s main economic source was agriculture.

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The Built Environment: Look Inside First

While most people tend to spend more time inside, many public health studies focus on the outside world. But when analyzing health risks associated with what researchers call the “built environment,” both venues are important to examine.

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What Makes a Park “Great”? Park Audit Tools are One Way to Find Out

So, what makes a park great? Like other public health questions, the short answer is, “it depends.” Defining a great park can be difficult. Just as there is no one typical park user, there is no overarching definition of a great park.

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Rural Communities and the Opioid Epidemic

Cities have changed dramatically over the course of my 25-year career. With policy changes, urban planning advances, and new lifestyle trends, cities are drawing more residents with higher levels of education and higher incomes.

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Building the Case for Faculty Diversity

This blog post is part one of a three-part series that focuses on the state of racial and ethnic diversity in academia. These posts discuss the need for faculty diversity, barriers to faculty diversity, and steps universities can take to increase diversity.

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Intersections between Health, Urban Planning, and Community Development: A Retrospective View

Cities have changed dramatically over the course of my 25-year career. With policy changes, urban planning advances, and new lifestyle trends, cities are drawing more residents with higher levels of education and higher incomes.

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Hospitals, Population Health, and Communities of Color: Addressing Root Causes of Poor Health

Let’s rewind the clock to about 13 years ago, when the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic...

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How Do You Know You’re Better than Good Enough?

Do you really think you’re good enough to do this work? Many underrepresented researchers deal with this question on a daily basis. It was a recurring topic...

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How Do You Keep Your Dream Alive?

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream. — Maya Angelou Ten years ago, Debra Joy...

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