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The red dot in April 2015 indicates the date of the murder of Freddie Gray.

An epidemic of homicides started in Baltimore in 2015 and continues without signs of slowing down.

My doctoral dissertation was a study of homicides in Baltimore between 2005 and 2017 in order to better understand what is going on. Right off the start, I used data to show that, indeed, there is an epidemic of homicides in Baltimore that started right around April of 2015, and that intensified since the unrest following the homicide of Freddie Gray Jr. From there, the dissertation was presented in three parts.

The Personal Characteristics

The first part of the dissertation looked at the 3,366 homicide victims reported between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2017. …


America’s unjust status quo threatens the intervention we need most

An African American child is receiving an oral vaccine as they are held by their mother.
An African American child is receiving an oral vaccine as they are held by their mother.
A nurse administers the polio vaccine to an infant patient at the Well-Baby Clinic in DeKalb County, Georgia, 1977. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

In 1954, a very risky experiment took place across many different cities in the United States. …


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CDC needs a Reboot, not a Sequel

The World’s Public Health Protector Needs a Reboot of Sorts

I posted on social media the other day that it was time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to effectively “end.” …

About

Rene F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology. Associate at JHSPH. Adjunct at George Mason Univ. Epidemiologist at a large County Health Department. Father. Husband.

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