Despite the title, I’m not starting this blog for my own health (although there is some compelling evidence out there on the health benefits of writing). I’m starting this blog to help others build their own healthier communities.
What comes to mind when you hear “healthier communities”?
Maybe community gardens? Walking trails? A clean environment? Yep, I’ll include all those things at some point along the blogging way. But rest assured that I’m going to capture every single aspect of health I can cover and will be calling on other public health professionals to fill in my gaps. Because to be a truly healthy community, we have to address all the physical, social, and mental health needs of a population and we should be doing this BEFORE there’s a problem (i.e., upstream…get it?!).
Here’s what you can expect from the Upstream Communities Blog:
Driven by Data Series – I absolutely love data and think you should too. In the very least, you need to understand what the data says about the health of your community so you can better serve those who have the greatest need. These posts will highlight major health issues throughout the U.S. and the places and populations that have the worst (and best!) outcomes.
Programs of Note – Did you know there are 1.8 million peer-reviewed journal articles published every single year?! If I had to guess, I would say at least a third of those articles give us insight into programs or policies that have improved health outcomes for populations throughout the world. The problem with these articles is that: 1) the general public doesn’t have access to most journals and 2) most people don’t have the time (or interest) in reading research articles. Fortunately for you, I’m going to read these articles (the relevant ones, not all 1.8 million) and provide you with the juicy take-aways so you can incorporate these findings into your own efforts. Why reinvent the wheel, right?
Tricks of the Public Health Trade – Public health professionals have a treasure chest of skills (I know, you’re still not quite sure what we do). I’ll be sharing some of these skills with you in these posts (think of all the tuition dollars you’ll save!) so get ready to learn how to do things like:
- Design great programs that make a HUGE impact in your community
- Ask the right kind of survey questions to better understand your population
- Collect, manage, and analyze data so you know exactly how your efforts are paying off
Grant Writing Tips – You could have the worst health outcomes and best programs in the world but if you don’t have money to stay open, none of your knowledge and skills will matter, right? These posts will help you find, secure, and sustain grant funding so you can keep doing all that great work!
When can you expect to get all this juicy material?
I’m only promising to post once a month for now but hope to post more frequently in the very near future. Subscribe today (if you haven’t already) and you’ll be the first to receive new blog posts and monthly newsletters.
Do you have ideas for upcoming blog posts? Leave them in the comments section below!
Interested in writing a post for the Upstream Communities blog? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.