Public health is a hot topic, especially with the debate over healthcare in the U.S. However, national epidemics such as obesity, international issues such as Lyme Disease and Malaria and environmental topics that affect health — such as water and air pollution — remain at the top of the interest list. The following top 25 up-and-coming public health blogs, written since June 2009, tackle these topics and more in their blog entries.
The blogs below are listed by year and in order of the month in which they were created.
- Lyme Green Australia: A 27-year-old Australian who was misdiagnosed endured a decade’s worth of symptoms. This blog is an effort to educate the public about Lyme disease and increase awareness in the fight against this tick-borne infectious disease (June).
- End the Neglect: The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is a major advocacy and resource mobilization initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute dedicated to raising the awareness, political will, and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) (August).
- Health Alerts: Yeshiva University, located in New York City, offers a blog that focuses on contagion and prevention, high risk groups and guides for illnesses among the general public and managers. Victor Schwartz, MD, is the university dean of students and associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavior Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (August).
- Pollution Blog: The Pollution Blog highlights cleanup work at the world’s worst polluted places and tracks worldwide efforts to bring an end to life-threatening pollution, one site at a time. Blacksmith Institute founder Richard Fuller is your guide (October).
- Be Active Your Way Blog: Kay Loughrey, from the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (ODPHP), within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hosts this blog with the purpose of stimulating dialog among professionals who work on Physical Activity promotion about how they can encourage Americans to get the physical activity they need based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (November).
- Wellcome Trust Blog: As a global charity committed to realizing the full potential of biomedical research to improve health, the Trust funds a wide variety of people and activities – from new PhD students to senior researchers, from genetics to neuroscience, from museums to plays, documentaries and films (December).
- Evoke Blog: EVOKE is a ten-week crash course in changing the world. Tackle topics like food security, energy, water security, disaster relief, poverty, pandemics, education, global conflict, human rights and healthy living through a site that places urgent calls for innovation. EVOKE was developed by the World Bank Institute, the learning and knowledge arm of the World Bank Group, and directed by alternate reality game master Jane McGonigal (January).
- Sarah Boseley’s Global Health Blog: Sponsored by the UK Guardian news site, this blog focuses on global health issues such as AIDS and HIV, health and chronic disease and diseases such as malaria. Sarah Boseley has won a number of awards for her work on HIV/Aids in Africa, including the One World Media Award (twice) and the European section of the Lorenzo Natali prize, awarded by the European Commission(January).
- Let’s Move: Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years (February).
- Canadian Stem Cell Blog: The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation was established in 2008 to champion the importance of stem cell science for the health of all humanity. As a Canadian organization, they also are intent on building Canada’s role as a leader and innovator in stem cell science (March).
- R.A.R.E. Blog: The RARE Blog is an important part of improving and saving the lives of the more than 20 million children in the USA who are affected with rare diseases. The RARE Blog is a place where diverse people come together to share resources, post notices, celebrate successes, and ask for support when needed (March).
- Safety Net Matters: This site hosts blog posts created by, for and about safety net health systems and the patients they serve. Safety net health systems are full partners in ensuring the successful implementation of national health reform (March).
- Creating Healthy Organizations: In another perspective on public health, workplace consultant Graham Lowe draws on his new book, Creating Healthy Organizations, to challenge you to think about business success in sustainable human terms. Graham writes about how healthy organizations take a holistic, integrated and long-term perspective to forge stronger links between people and performance (May).
- Humanosphere: KPLU’s Tom Paulson, a reporter with decades of experience covering science, medicine and global health in the US and beyond, reports from Seattle about a global effort to beat back poverty and illness in the poorest corners of the world. Humanosphere serves as your go-to source for news, conversation and analysis about this effort as it unfolds (May).
- Diabetes UK Blogs: This site, sponsored by Diabetes UK, provides a variety of insights into personal diabetes issues. The blogs published on this site are the personal views, experiences and opinions of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of Diabetes UK (June).
- ParticipACTION: ParticipACTION is the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. Through leadership in communications, capacity building and knowledge exchange, the authors of this blog hope to inspire and support Canadians to move more (June).
- Flu News Blog: The Flu News Blog is a simple guide to some of the freshest and most useful influenza-related news stories from around the world. This blog has been updated with consistency since July 2010 (July).
- CDC’s Health Out Loud: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced this blog about best practices and questions about health communication, social marketing, and health marketing in 2010 (August).
- kvorganics: This is a preventive blog that focuses on organic, natural, holistic, green and sustainable lifestyles. The blog author is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, relative and friend who struggles with the same things in life that most people do and “on whom life’s proverbial rains fall like everyone else” (September).
- My Health LA: Bruce Greenstein, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and Rudy Macklin, Executive Director, Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and Bureau of Minority Health Access, combine forces to produce a blog that focuses on the health of Louisiana residents (September).
- PLOS Blogs: This is a new network for discussing science in public; covering topics in research, culture, and publishing. PLoS Blogs is different from other blogging networks, because it includes an equal mix of science journalists and scientists (September).
- Daily Dose: This is a new consumer health blog produced by Boston.com. Author Deborah Kotz plans to cover all the pressing health issues you need to know about to help you improve not only your health but the overall quality of your life by relying on the medical experts here in the Boston area, home to some of the nation’s best hospitals (December).
- Dialogue 4 Health: This is a social network dedicated to creating healthy communities where people can live, work, and play. This group is collaborating to make the nation’s communities places where residents can obtain nutritious food, walk and bike safely, use public transportation and participate in shaping their community’s future. This is a Public Health Institute Web site (February).
- Health.Data.Gov: This blog is so new that it contained only one entry when we discovered it, dated February 14th. HealthData.gov is a one-stop resource for the growing ecosystem of innovators who are turning data into new applications, services, and insights that can help improve health (February).
- LiveWell Colorado: LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. In addition to educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices, LiveWell Colorado focuses on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors (February).