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Dr. Jonathan Fielding | Op-Ed Articles

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, writes opinion articles on a wide range of topical public health issues, from childhood obesity, gun violence, and the opioid crisis to dietary supplements, distracted driving and strategies to reduce dementia risk. Please see articles below.

 

Americans aren't getting enough sleep and it's killing us

 

Source: The Hill

Date: March 30, 2019

 
 

"You can’t trade hours of sleep and not increase your health risks."


States are failing on vaccinations. The federal government must lead.

 

Source: The Washington Post

Date: March 7, 2019

 
 

"Federal policymakers have a responsibility to protect those children who have been put at risk whenever a parent claims the “right” to refuse vaccination."


The e-cigarette epidemic — recognizing Big Tobacco's Trojan horse

 

Source: The Hill

Date: February 11, 2019

 
 

An addiction epidemic caused by nicotine products targeting our kids is irrefutable.


The US must invest in fighting foodborne illness

 

Source: The Hill

Date: January 3, 2019

 
 

On food safety, the U.S. can and should do better.


Marijuana has economic benefits, but public health risks are undecided

 

Source: The Hill

Date: November 7, 2018

 
 

There's a lack of evidence behind health claims associated with marijuana.


Loneliness is an emerging public health threat

 

Source: The Hill

Date: October 9, 2018

 
 

As the population ages, the burden of social isolation on public health will only increase.


There's a lack of US leadership on breastfeeding

 

Source: The Hill

Date: August 20, 2018

 
 

U.S. leadership needs to actively support breastfeeding, both in domestic and international health policymaking.


Chickenpox shows how unprepared we are at the border

 

Source: The Hill

Date: July 2, 2018

 
 

Victorville puts into stark relief our government’s responsibility toward those whom they detain or deport and all those with whom they interact.


Fighting pandemics abroad is in our own best interest

 

Source: The Hill

Date: June 21, 2018

 
 

Slashing budgets self-destructively courts disaster by eliminating one of our most effective national security programs.


Treat owning and using a gun like owning and using a car

 

Source: The Hill

Date: May 14, 2018

 
 

The number of deaths from gun violence should erase any doubt that a real epidemic is underway.


We can take care of children by taking care of their teeth

 

Source: The Hill

Date: April 5, 2018

 
 

The federal government needs to get involved to secure the future health of America’s children.


Tame the Flu

 

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Date: February 20, 2018

 
 

It's time to get serious about a universal flu vaccine.


Good Relationships are Good for Our Health

 
 
 

Capitol Hill's miserable work environment holds a lesson for our own health and well-being.


The High Cost of Rising Drug Prices

 
 
 

Pharmaceutical company profits should not outweigh the public interest.


Our Lifestyles Are Killing Us

 
 

America is facing a Type 2 diabetes epidemic stemming from lack of exercise and poor diet.


Protect the Elderly, Protect Yourself

 
 

Team Trump endangers everyone by scrapping seniors' right to litigate nursing home abuse.


Stay Healthy to Prevent Dementia

 
 

Recent research suggests exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep are key to reducing the risk of dementia.


Get Kids Exercising Again

 
 
 

The new surgeon general can make a real impact in reducing the number of overweight kids.


Time for Action on Opioids

 
 
 

The president's budget takes several significant steps back in the fight against opioids.


Can you hear me now?

 
 
 

3 big steps we can take to lower the costs of hearing aids for consumers.


Be Wary of Dietary Supplements

 
 
 

If a supplement sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Gun violence is a public health crisis.

 
 
 

The key to reducing firearm violence begins with treating it like a public health epidemic.


Fentanyl Is Killing Us

 
 
 

The opioid's easy availability and high toxicity are contributing to American overdose deaths.


Driving Safely Is on You

 
 
 

Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people every year. Here are 5 ways to stay safe.


Responding to the Next Ebola

 
 
 

Government health agencies can take these four steps to better prepare for the next disease outbreak.


Take Care of Children's Teeth

 
 
 

Tooth decay disproportionately affects low-income kids with limited access to dental care.


We Can Make Medicine Affordable

 
 
 

Commonsense fixes to Medicare and FDA drug approval can lower the cost of lifesaving drugs.


Stop Pushing Our Luck

 
 
 

Without the necessary funds, fighting Zika, Ebola and other infectious disease is a losing battle.