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HPH Weekly: 10 summer reads on public health to pack in your luggage

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Jo Zhou
May 30, 2024
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2 min

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10 summer reads on public health to pack in your luggage

Four book covers on a indigo-cloud background. L-R: Blood, Landscapes of Care, Ultra-Processed People, Rebel Health
Book covers, left to right: Citadel / Kensington Books, The University of North Carolina Press, W.W. Norton, MIT PRESS

Summer is a great time to step away from the daily grind and find new ideas and inspiration in a book. We’ve got you covered with this list of summer reads on a wide variety of topics from anxiety to ultra-processed foods.

Environ-mental shift

An editorial cartoon by Jenna Luecke

Illustration: One figure holding a clipboard tries to catch the attention for three figures facing the other way. It asks "Excuse me, do you have a minute to talk about the environment?". The other figures say: "Nope" "In a hurry" "I'm good" .

Jenna Luecke draws a witty tribute to environmental health advocates.

Is the future of nutrition actually in space?

Photo illustration: Three green seedlings with outer space in the background.
Source images: Unsplash

Climate change has brought on heat waves, droughts, floods, erratic rainfall, and worsening pest and disease outbreaks—all of which create disastrous agricultural conditions. The UN’s solution to the problem: A program called “Seeds in Space.”

Snapshot: Dengue goes to Florida

In April, the World Health Organization reported a record high of more than 6.5 million cases of people infected with dengue—mostly outside of the U.S. When an outbreak occurred in Florida two years ago, researchers took a closer look.

What we’re reading this week

Amsterdam’s struggle to improve sex worker health →
Global Health NOW

How 3M executives convinced a scientist the forever chemicals she found in human blood were safe →

Michigan needs more youth mental health professionals. A new program aims to help. →
Chalkbeat Detroit

E-waste generation is accelerating five times faster than recycling rates. What to do about it? →

Mobile integrated health helps fill gaps in Indiana’s healthcare system →
Limestone Post

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Jo Zhou
Jo Zhou is the social media manager and audience engagement specialist at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Jo Zhou.