It’s all about the chocolate!

Until today, I didn’t know that Grenada made its own chocolate. I knew about all the spices but I had no idea that there were multiple chocolate manufacturers on the island. However, today we went on a tour of the island and saw not one, but two. The first chocolate factory was the Diamond Chocolate…

Go with the Yoga Flow

Starting with our 5:45 am flight from Detroit to Texas on Sunday I have decided to just go with the flow. Once we got to McAllen, Texas and were able to look around I was pretty surprised. I had always imagined Texas as a desert, but in the Lower Rio Grande Valley there are a…

Embracing the Border

Wow. It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure since I last reflected on this trip, but that was before I even arrived. We’ve been in South Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, for 4 days now and it has been an eye opening experience: through both a public health and humane lens. I’ve been working…

Posters Tell a Story

Mexico is a nation in transition—from low- and middle-income to middle- and high-income. As U-M SPH alumnus and former Mexican minister of health Julio Frenk said recently, “Mexico, like a lot of middle-income countries, has been experiencing the most intense health transition in human history.” In many ways, Mexico is emblematic of what’s known as…

Wastewater: Resource or Plague?

(version en Español) It’s one thing to watch a scientific presentation about untreated wastewater from Mexico City, which is used to irrigate crops in a 400-square-mile valley north of the city. It’s another to stand beside a canal in that valley and inhale the stench of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater as they gush…

What It Takes

Joseph Eisenberg, chair of SPH’s Department of Epidemiology, has been doing global work for more than 20 years. He is engaged in a long-standing project in Ecuador to assess the health impacts of a new highway in a formerly isolated part of the country. In Mexico, he’s collaborating on an impact study of a new…

Strength in Numbers

Global public health is a collaborative business. At a workshop in Mexico City this morning, scientists from two countries (U.S. and Mexico) and two universities (U-M and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) gathered with representatives of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and a representative of the Mexican government to discuss a…