Nearly every January since 2003, Alfred Sommer has journeyed to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. This year Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sent GHN his highlights on health from Davos.

If you’re lucky enough to have some down time for reading over the holidays, we’ve assembled a list of the most inspiring global health books we’ve encountered this past year. Alternately, if you’re fortunate enough to have someone gracing your life who is not repelled…

How could Open Access (OA) publishing possibly help fight the Ebola epidemic afflicting some of West Africa’s poorest nations? The Answer: In several ways. OA allows authors to disseminate their research for free around the world whilst maintaining the copyright to…

The poet Mark Strand died Saturday at age 80, of liposarcoma. A MacArthur genius, Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate, Strand wrote austere poems that explore the self and sing of alienation. He’s perhaps best known for the poem, “Keeping Things Whole.” In a…

When Katrina’s floodwaters inundated New Orleans in 2005, the odds seemed stacked against the poor. By hosting its annual meeting here, APHA gave the public health community an opportunity to gauge the recovery process, and think about the preparedness of all of our…

If you were there, you felt the electricity. 6 U.S. Surgeons General lit up the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s great hall yesterday afternoon, talking candidly about their successes, failures and the nation’s health needs. Unburdened by political constraints, 5…

New Orleans’ population just notched up by 13,000 extremely smart, committed public health professionals, researchers, advocates, students and assorted hangers-on like myself. All are in town for the American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition…

We're honored that Judith Wasserheit, the new chair of the University of Washington Department of Global Health, talked to GHN about global health leadership. A professor of global health, medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington and a leader in STD/HIV…

By R. Sterling Haring, MPH After 13 unsuccessful years, 2014 saw the passage of a law mandating booster seat usage in Florida. While many factors played a role in this public health victory, a few key elements to this year’s approach that helped give the bill the…

Global Health NOW’s Jackie Frank spoke with Laurie David yesterday before a screening of her film Fed Up at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Best known for producing An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning film about global warming, David’s latest…