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John Troidl
Davis, California
Public health and management expert
Interests: Social justice, travel, reading, and dining.
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Dear Friends, Saw this interesting article about contact tracing, a key step to ending the quarantine. This article is from NPR and makes a state by state comparison on contact tracing: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/28/846736937/we-asked-all-50-states-about-their-contact-tracing-capacity-heres-what-we-learne The CDC briefly describes contact tracing this way: Key Concepts Trace and monitor contacts of infected people. Notify... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Friends, I can only imagine you saw this exciting headline in the LA Times or other paper (Davis Enterprise?): https://lat.ms/3aPlyaX L.A. County and city announce free COVID-19 testing for all residents This is terrific! Meanwhile, how are we doing in Yolo County? The Health Department updates the Yolo County... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Friends, Are you going to the Farmers' Market today? You can buy health promoting food there which also happens to be fresh and tasty. If you can't go, maybe your friends/neighbors can ask a "Designated Shopper" to go for several families and make a number of purchases. If we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Davis Friends: A good friend of mine from the Bay Area who has had a long career in health care shared information about participation in a research opportunity sponsored and managed by Stanford University School of Medicine. Below the dotted line is a copy of what she sent me.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Friends, This link leads you to a 90 minute Q&A session with the top public health faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health who are on the cutting edge of research on the corona virus as well as other vectors for infectious disease. A half dozen or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at The Davisite
Many public health experts believe that South Korea responded to the corona virus properly. A colleague of mine, the Clinic and Public Health Laboratory Operations Administrator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health shared this ~ 8 minute youtube video of South Korea's successful strategy and lessons for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at The Davisite
On Tuesday evening when Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County Health Officer addressed the Davis City Council to provide an update for them on the Corona Virus situation in Yolo County, I went to the Yolo County Corona Virus Dashboard and looked up the number of CV tests that had been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Friends, Not sure how long it takes locally, but in Santa Clara County where they have tested 11,782 patients, it takes 2.27 days on average. On their dashboard, they call this "Average Days Turnaround Time". Their dashboard is available at: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/dashboard.aspx?mc_cid=285873debc&mc_eid=a923074108 Regards, John Troidl Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at The Davisite
https://images.app.goo.gl/ggpTgjQXgs5D9SQ9A Dear Friends, In science we have "stronger evidence" and "weaker evidence" as we rarely have proof. But stronger evidence is a whole lot better than weaker evidence. And it is more "actionable".... that is, it is something that is solid enough for us to act on. We want our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at The Davisite
Dear Yolo County folks... the numbers for CV/Covid in Yolo County as so small it is hard to make statistical inferences from them. But not so for Santa Clara County, Northern Caifornia's worst zone for the corona virus. Here is the link to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at The Davisite
Being a bit of an information addict, I subscribe to several newspapers/journals and read lots others in the library or online. One paper I do subscribe to is the Washington Post which has added quite a few reporters in the last couple of years. They do a particularly good job... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at The Davisite
So, we are ALL dealing (even those in denial) with the corona virus threat. And I believe that everyone is trying to be as conscientious as possible in our decision making. Which is a bit of a challenge given that we have so very, very, very little testing data to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Davisite
In case you missed it, today the entire meeting which included Dr. Chapman's presentation was live streamed and recorded: https://yolocountyca.swagit.com/play/03092020-1208 Suggest you give yourself a little time to sit down and listen to Dr. Chapman's presentation.... it is one of the best organized, most accessible presentations on the matter that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at The Davisite
Excellent post, Dr. Millstein...... well reasoned, thoughtful, helpful, thorough, and insightful. And your recommendations are straightforward and reasonable. And you have made a compelling case: There is no way that this should be a "Consent Calendar" item... at all! Indeed, a project of this scale and importance should be thoroughly reviewed in a timely, comprehensive, and professional manner before a "Go/No Go" decision is made by our City Council on behalf of the residents/citizens of Davis. Commissions should be consulted, the public should have an opportunity for substantial review. Thanks again for your post..... you are doing a service for all of us! Regards, John Troidl PS Let's encourage everybody to attend this Tuesday's City Council Meeting..... as we all know, the Council appreciates public input.
The headline in the Daily Post (#1 in Palo Alto and the Mid-Peninsula) is "STANFORD HIT WITH HOUSING BILL" ..... and then underneath "$155.8 million for expansion". Yes, you read that correctly, Stanford is paying Santa Clara County over $150,000,000 for permission to expand. This is such good news. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at The Davisite
To be sure, I am still learning about this "deal". And I am willing to be enlightened. So, my comments are preliminary..... but concerned. It seems like the deal is totally future oriented. That is, it takes a "go forth and sin no more" form of agreement i.e. it only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at The Davisite
Davis has a well earned reputation for being concerned about safety......why, we even invented bike lanes in Davis! And many other towns have copied us. But we started bike lanes DECADES ago when the town had a much smaller population and much less traffic. How are we doing these days?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at The Davisite
Kern County Public Health Department has launched a new voluntary informational program for people and families dining at Kern County restaurants. Restaurants can seek to qualify as 'Certified Healthy" if they meet several specific criteria including: Program criteria Here is the list of criteria that restaurants must follow to qualify... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Davisite
Good news today..... Scott Pruitt is out as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Not only were his/Trump's policies harmful to the environment, but he basically is a crook. Guess he is getting out of town shortly before an indictment. It is good riddance and now time to clean up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at The Davisite
This is a link from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research...... where this study is described. Seems like a good piece of applied public health research. https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/newsroom/press-releases/pages/details.aspx?NewsID=297 The City of Los Angeles wants its residents to be healthy. Imagine that! John PS I am wondering if the developers at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at The Davisite
That's the question I asked one of my classmates from China when I was in grad school at Berkeley. You know, the huge, pervasive portraits of Chairman Mao and other political leaders over the years... just popping up everywhere I understood. She smiled and said, "Well, probably the same way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at The Davisite
By now you must have heard of the big issue of children being separated from parents at our boarder with Mexico ....... this is highly controversial and within the past 24 hours five current and former First Ladies have weighed in on this situation.... express concern and at times outrage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at The Davisite
This is a complicated issue .... assisted dying.... and can have profound impact for individuals and their families. The original law in California, based in part of laws from other states including Oregon, was proposed by Davis based Senator Lois Wolk. It was passed during a special session of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at The Davisite
Some folks may know that the legislature is supposed to vote on the California State Budget by June 15th or today. Actually, they finished up yesterday a day ahead of time. That's kind of nice because this kind of performance was not always the norm. It seemed that not that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Davisite
This evening I was listening to NPR and heard the end of an interview with Delaine Eastin. How interesting! Such an experienced and well thought out politician. She has promised to stay engaged and help elect more women (only 23% in the California legislature) and to hold elected officials feet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Davisite