Blog Posts By: Rex Archer, MD, MPH

Ready for the Back-to-School Rush? Don’t Forget Immunizations

August 6, 2013

The three weeks before the start of school, my wife and I remember trying to fit everything in: last-minute vacations, clothes shopping, school supply shopping and trying to prepare my kids for the new school year. Luckily, we usually got everything done in time. But, sometimes not everything is crossed off the list — because […]

Why Vaccines Did Not Advance in Health Madness

April 4, 2013

When I heard that during the first round of the HCF’s Health Madness, immunizations had been voted out in the first round, I was as shocked as Ohio State when Wichita State University defeated them to play in the Final Four. (Go, Shockers!) I tried to understand why the most cost-effective, life-saving, and revolutionary medical […]

It’s Time to Stop Gambling with People’s Health

March 27, 2013

Smoke-free casinos across the country are proving to be profitable as well as attractive to a broader base of casino guests, while also protecting the health of patrons and employees. Gaming operations bring jobs and revenue to our communities. We protect most workers with a clean indoor law. So, why should our Kansas City casino […]

Shattered Illusions But Dreaming New Dreams

November 3, 2011

When I first came to public health, I felt like many of my young, idealistic peers. The public health system in the United States was on a path to eradicate cancer, prevent disease and improve lives. Our democracy would lead to a healthy population for all and I would be part of securing a healthy […]


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