Home / Public Health
Category: Public Health

What the Public Needs to Know About PFAS (Forever Chemicals)

PFAS (forever chemicals) are a group of man-made chemicals found in countless everyday products. Understand the health risks and what you can do....

Read more

Ask an Expert: How Can Providers Develop More Culturally Competent Care?

Learn how to provide more culturally competent care for all patients. Verywell/ Julie Bang.This article is part of our series looking at how Black...

Read more

Is There a Link Between Lead and Crime?

Mounting evidence supports the lead-crime hypothesis, suggesting that crime and lead levels are strongly linked. No amount of lead exposure is safe....

Read more

Common Barriers to Recommended Cancer Screenings

Costs, lack of access, inconvenience, and fear of a cancer diagnosis are some of the things that prevent people from getting screened for cancer....

Read more

Public Health

From the spread of viruses to drugs and gun violence, learn more about public health concerns, what approaches set out to address them, and more.

Read more

Epidemics

Epidemics are disease outbreaks that actively spread over wide areas and affect large numbers of people. Learn more about how these outbreaks are...

Read more

Healthy Conversations

Our conversation coach will give you the tools to facilitate an informed, actionable, and insightful discussion about health.

Read more

How to Encourage a Doctor's Visit

Use Verywell Health's Healthy Conversation Coach to simulate a respectful discussion with a loved one to encourage them to visit a doctor....

Read more

Open Enrollment for 2021 Individual Insurance: What You Need to Know

Open enrollment dates for 2021 individual market coverage are the same as last year, and most states will use the same website they used last year...

Read more

Racial Disparities in PT and Rehab Outcomes

Racial disparities exist in physical therapy. What role does race play in physical therapy attendance and rehab outcomes? Healthcare disparities due...

Read more

How to Pay for Long-Term Health Care

Long-term care can be quite expensive. Learn about the different options for payment, including Medicaid and Medicare. While long-term care...

Read more

How Environmental Health Impacts Our Quality of Life and Health

Environmental factors affect our food, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Learn how this impacts our lives and the quality of our health....

Read more

Common Conversation Issues When Talking About a Loved One's Health

It's not easy talking to a loved one about their health. They might get defensive or shut you out. Here's what to do in those cases....

Read more

What Is Health Equity and How Do We Get There?

Health equity means ensuring everyone has the same shot at living a healthy life. Here is what it would take to get there. In 2010, the U.S....

Read more

An Overview of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases affect nearly one in six people worldwide—almost exclusively in impoverished areas. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)...

Read more

Overview of the Public Health Field

Learn about what you might find in the field of public health which encompasses many medical, scientific, and non-medical career paths. The field of...

Read more

What Are the Social Determinants of Health?

What are the social determinants of health? Learn how socioeconomic status, employment, education, social support, and neighborhoods impact health....

Read more

Are Medical Records Private?

Your private medical record is not as private as you may think. Here are the people and organizations that can access it and how they use your data....

Read more

Health Disparities: What They Are and Why They Matter

Medical conditions are often more common in some groups than others. These health disparities are a major public health issue. Different groups and...

Read more

Cancer and Other Risks of Hookah Smoking

Learn if hookah smoking can cause cancer, what other health problems are caused by water pipe smoking, and why it can be more dangerous than...

Read more

Prescription Drug Theft

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has fueled prescription drug thefts. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if your medication is stolen....

Read more

What Is a Health Insurance Deductible?

A deductible is the amount you pay for covered healthcare costs before your insurance starts paying. Yearly deductibles are the most common type. A...

Read more

Food Deserts

Learn the definition of what food deserts are, who is impacted by them, and what communities can do to expand access to healthier food options. What...

Read more

4 Reasons People Don’t Go to the Doctor

There are many reasons people don't see a doctor—even if they need to. Here are a few common barriers that might be affecting you or your loved...

Read more

The 10 Essential Public Health Services

Public health services saves millions of lives a year in the United States and across the globe. Here's how. If you've ever seen the 2011...

Read more

Secondhand Aerosol From Electronic Cigarettes

Vaping aerosol doesn’t contain as many harsh chemicals as smoking, but some pollutants found in the e-cigarette vapor could pose risks to your...

Read more

Health Care for the Homeless

Find out how homelessness impacts health, who is more at risk, and what healthcare options are available. On any given night in the United States,...

Read more

The Health Benefits of Copper Sulfate

Copper sulfate is an inorganic compound used primarily to kill fungus and bacteria in crops. Learn more about the health benefits. Copper sulfate is...

Read more