Utah Valley Global Health Group

A blog about global health for those living in Utah Valley and their friends.

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:

  1. VENT. Like most bloggers, I guess, I’ve got stuff in my head that I think everyone else should hear about.
  2. 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.
  3. EXPLORE IDEAS. I’d like this to be a venue to discuss recent studies, news, and ideas related to global health.
  4. ANNOUNCE OPPORTUNITIES.

Here are some of the ground-rules for posting:

  1. There will be no tolerance for spam or advertisements.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. I will begin by posting at least weekly
  2. I hope to do a monthly book review. The first book will be Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health by Ruth Levine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

ENJOY!

3 Responses to “About this Blog”

  1. […] About this Blog […]

  2. Natalie B. said

    I think over the past few months, I have become amazed to see what has worked in some countries in order to educate the people more about AIDS/HIV. In the past, I would never have considered anything else but abstinece education. But it has become apparent that more education is required so people will actually know what problems could arise, and how those problems need addressed. Unlike the U.S., other countries have taken a much more public approach in order to educate their people about the disease. With this, they have also realized that some people will not change their lifestyles – and so a middle ground has been formed as health workers and volunteers have distributed condoms and needles for sex workers, and drug users. People were even on the streets doing HIV/AIDS education and telling the public why they should be using condoms. Despite the fact that in Thailand, the sex practice was being done illegal – the government was willing to recognize that no matter what they do – the industry will still go on. But they also recognized, that HIV was becoming a huge problem, and it needed taken care of fast.

  3. chads said

    Natalie: looks like a similar discussion is happening here: https://globalhealth.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/reconciling-moral-issues-with-effective-policy-by-aaron-anderson/

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