One of the reasons for establishing the Peoples-uni Blog was to create a useful resource for our students, volunteers and readers. We're asking for submissions covering interesting resources available (for free) on the the internet that we can direct people to. In this entry, Fiona Reynolds (one of our volunteers) describes a resource that she discovered recently.Name of Resource: Mythbuster Responsible/Publisher: Public Health England (PHE)The Mythbuster is a new section of the PHE Blog and it will take aim at one of the myths, misunderstandings and misconceptions that surround public health. It will take a complex issue and break it down to make it easier to understand and hopefully put the myth to bed once and for all. This month’s article looks at: why don’t we (and can’t we) say something poses no risk?Why has the resource interested you?Working in Public Health I often have to explain fairly complex ideas and challenge misunderstandings – held by colleagues or other organisations or the public. I am always looking for ways to better explain topics. This Blog article particularly caught my eye as I’m often asked to explain risk and why some issues are low risk or high risk. This can be difficult when people feel very strongly about a particular matter and I may not be working on that issue at that time. The article also looks at correlation and causation which are key to understanding risk.How could the lessons/example provided in this article be applied to Public Health action?Being able to clearly and simply explain the science behind the messages that we convey to the public and our colleagues is a core Public Health skill. We need to help people understand issues in order to be able to implement effective Public Health interventions. It’s useful to be able to “brush up” on communication skills.Why should other people read this resource?This is a short article that effectively explains complex issues. The intention is that the Mythbuster will be a fairly regular feature on the PHE website so it will be worth going back to their blog to read more of their future topics.PHE was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service for England. The organisation is responsible for:
  • making the public healthier by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the National Health Service (NHS) and other people and organisations
  • supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health
  • protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies
  • sharing their information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health
  • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems
  • reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps
  • helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce

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