For four years, he remained publicly silent on HIV. That silence — and the federal lack of a response to the epidemic — cost lives and has affected generations.

Politics control public health in the United States of America. Elected officials have a final say over most public health decisions, directly or indirectly. They have a say not necessarily because they are subject matter experts (SMEs), or because they are educated in any way about topics such as infection…

Image of a plaque at the boundary between the United States and Mexico. The plaque has the name of the two countries and the words “international boundary and water commission” in English and Spanish on it.

Nací en Ciudad Juárez a finales de los años 70. Viví en la frontera con El Paso, Texas, hasta los 21 años de edad. Durante esos veintiún años, viajé con mucha libertad entre México y los Estados Unidos. Las dos naciones, sus culturas y sus gentes, me permitieron aprender cosas…

There’s risk reduction and then there’s risk avoidance. One is good. The other is… (Photo by Loic Leray on Unsplash)

Humans are notoriously bad at assessing risk. In 2019, aviation authorities around the world grounded the Boeing 737 MAX class of aircraft because of two accidents that occurred in 2018 and 2019. The accidents resulted in 346 deaths, a small proportion of the estimated 8 billion passengers who flew commercial…

Nothing to see here. Just airing out some laundry. (Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash)

Growing up in northern Mexico, I had to deal with the two sides of my extended family disagreeing on different matters. The N’s were devout Catholics and militant partisans of the National Action Party (PAN), a right-wing party by Mexican standards. The P’s were devout Evangelicals and militant partisans of…

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Many actors have played Superman in my lifetime. From Christopher Reeve to Tyler Hoechlin, the Man of Steel has had many different faces. While Smallville’s Tom Welling is my Superman, I also grew up watching Dean Cain be the titular Clark Kent from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of…

Just about anything, Liberal or Conservative, could be written on that sign.

Even as public health and healthcare organization representatives begged the public to take precautions against the current surge of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the Board of Commissioners of a certain county in Maryland voted against a mask mandate for businesses and public spaces. One of the commissioners…

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If you believe the eggheads at Duke University, you are very likely to experience another pandemic like COVID-19 in your lifetime. According to that study:

“[The study] the probability of a pandemic with similar impact to COVID-19 is about 2% in any year, meaning that someone born in the year…

As I paid for my morning coffee and a muffin, the woman next to me was sobbing. “You’re tying to steal my money,” she said to the convenience store clerk. “Why are you doing that?”
“Ma’am,” he said. “The numbers are right here,” and he pointed at the small computer screen…

Rene F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology. Associate at JHSPH. Adjunct at George Mason Univ. Epidemiologist at a large County Health Department. Father. Husband.

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