About this Blog
Hello, and welcome to Unacceptable, a blog about global health. Frankly, I think that current global health disparities are unacceptable, but I’m not sure exactly what to do about them. Hence, this blog. You can learn more about me in the About Me section.
Here are some of my purposes in creating this blog:
- VENT. Like most bloggers, I guess, I’ve got stuff in my head that I think everyone else should hear about.
- CREATE COMMUNITY. I believe strongly that change comes about when people discuss, compromise, and collaborate. I’d like to get to know others interested in global health. I hope that this blog serves as a way to keep in touch over time, regardless of where we might be. Perhaps we can even make a difference.
- EXPLORE IDEAS. I’d like this to be a venue to discuss recent studies, news, and ideas related to global health.
- ANNOUNCE OPPORTUNITIES.
Here are some of the ground-rules for posting:
- There will be no tolerance for spam or advertisements.
- Civility and Respect will be expected. A variety of potentially sensitive subjects may be discussed, and I hope that people from a variety of professional, religious, political backgrounds feel welcome to participate. The only requirement is that all commenters have an interest in improving global health. I would be thrilled if economists, lawyers, atheists, public health specialists, epidemiologists, Muslims, stay-at-home moms, socialists, conservatives, and anyone else that is interested would join in the discussion!
- I assume that every person, organization, university, religion, and business can do something about global health disparities, and most every person, organization, university, religion, and business should do something about global health disparities. Of course, I don’t know who should. So, I will refrain from criticizing people or organizations.
- Discussions should be based on data when possible, and the limitations of data should be acknowledged. Endless arguments based soley on ideology or opinion is only rarely fruitful.
Here are a few of my plans for the blog:
- I will begin by posting at least weekly
- I hope to do a monthly book review. The first book will be Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health by Ruth Levine.
- I hope to do a monthly article review, with a focus on the methodology. While my experience in statistics and scientific methodology is very limited, I think that everyone involved in global health should learn to read articles critically.
- I hope to have invited co-bloggers monthly.
By the way, I am totally new at this whole blogging thing, so comments/suggestions are welcome.