Our Invisible Guardians: A modern story of public health

The 30-minute documentary, “Our Invisible Guardians” uses a fresh lens to view the story of public health and the unseen professionals who have been working tirelessly for over a century to save our lives and improve our health.

View the follow-up webinar conversation to “Our Invisible Guardians”

Public health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the documentary “Our Invisible Guardians” was filmed, COVID-19 has changed our world. Now far from “invisible,” public health is responsible for managing this pandemic and saving lives. Listen to how Michael Osterholm and other documentary cast members talk about how their professional lives have changed to deal with the coronavirus and its impact in this April 28, 2020, webinar.

Short Features From Our Invisible Guardians

Preventing problems before they start
When young adults eat well and are active, it can set them up for a lifetime of good health. Watch how Project EAT helps adolescents find their way to wellness.

Structural racism = health inequities
Black mothers and babies die at a far higher rate than their white counterparts. Watch how Roots Community Birth Center is tackling structural racism one mother and baby at a time.

Keeping farm workers safe
Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Watch how one project uses Spanish language training and education to help immigrant workers avoid injuries and stay healthy.

Bringing innovation to health care
Research needs to move more quickly into health care practices to better serve both practitioners and patients. Watch how a field called learning health systems makes this possible.

The Four Ruths of UMN SPH
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health has had lots of world-class women but none quite like our four famous Ruths. Learn about the four famous Ruths of UMN SPH: Ruth Boynton, Ruth Grout, Ruth Stief, and Ruth Freeman.

A Brief History of Life Expectancy with Michael Osterholm
Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Michael Osterholm, believes public health is largely responsible for the increase in life expectancy over the last 100+ years.

WWII’s Impact on Public Health
The end of WWII came with many advancements in public health across the globe. After the war, the United Nations was founded, which then led to the inception of the World Health Organization.

Nikola Tesla’s Role In Public Health
Nikola Tesla’s contributions to science paved the way for better public health. Hear from Regents Professor Michael Osterholm about how Tesla set the stage for major public health improvements.

The School of Public Health faculty, students, and community partners who appear in this documentary:

Timothy Beebe, Jeff Bender, Elisheva Danan, Lydia Fess, John Finnegan, Rachel Hardeman, Erik Moore, Sheila Delaney Moroney, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Michael Osterholm, Rebecca Polston, Marizen Ramirez, Nilay Shah, Chela Vazquez

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