Photo credit: Neil R licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition What’s the difference between a health problem and a public health problem? A health problem affects an individual, a patient. A public health problem affects populations, in communities. This editorial by me and Quiet Communities president, Jamie Banks, PhD,
by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Every year the American Public Health Association celebrates National Public Health Week. The theme this year is “Public Health is Where You Are.” This year The Quiet Coalition was excited about the APHA’s revised policy on Noise as a Public Health Hazard, published in January. Certainly, noise
Image: United Nations Environment Programme (2022). Frontiers 2022: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches – Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern. by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The United Nations Environmental Program has released its Frontiers 2022 report, Noises, Blazes, and Mismatches: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern. Chapter 1 is titled “Listening to Cities: From noisy
Photo credit: Cameron Casey from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Noise was first declared a public health hazard in 1968 by U.S. Surgeon General William Stewart at a conference entitled “Noise as a Public Health Hazard.” And, that’s the title of the newly released policy statement of the American Public Health
At the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in November, a panel on environmental noise noted that noise isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a growing public health hazard.