In my role as Health Officer of San Francisco I received a flurry of concerned calls about a research study that claimed that the 2007 San Francisco ban on plastic bag resulted in an immediate, very large increase in foodborne illnesses and deaths. From their conclusions:
“We examine deaths and emergency … More >
When it comes to human flourishing, science is getting pretty specific. Over the course of our daily lives, we have a variety of positive and negative experiences. And I think most of us would agree that we are likely to be happiest when we maximize the positive and minimize the … More >
All parents love their children, or so we believe. Parents who reject their children seem unnatural, morally reprehensible.
Yet there is a gray area in between total parental rejection and the absolute, all-consuming love that we consider normal. In that gray area there are the children whom parents must struggle to … More >
UC Berkeley is not afraid of tackling big problems and we have a reputation for innovation. We are also an increasingly multicultural campus with half of the students having one parent born outside the continental USA. These strengths came together in a unique international meeting held On Friday September 21, … More >
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the government has established neighborhood “justice centers,” where residents of the city’s poorest areas can get legal assistance to gain access to government services, including health care, housing and other life-supporting programs. The model is similar to what the Asian Development Bank is supporting in Bangledesh, … More >
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
… John Quincy Adams
I was recently asked to give a short talk to new health officers in California. Here are my thoughts on health leadership:
Since becoming health officer of San Francisco, I … More >
I gave the following opening welcome at the San Francisco Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Strategy Meeting on August 28, 2012, at the historic San Francisco Women’s Building.
A Healthy San Francisco (click to enlarge)
Welcome to the San Francisco Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Strategy Meeting. We will affectionately call … More >
The Cochrane Collaboration recently updated their review of the evidence on treating school-age children for soil-transmitted helminths (STH, i.e. intestinal worms which infect nearly a quarter of the world’s population). While many of the methodological flaws in the 2007 review have been addressed, the new review is still incomplete and … More >