Humanitarian Challenges in the Congo’s Ebola Epidemic

BY BEN GROBMAN In December 2013, an unidentified disease began to spread in the small Guinean village of Meliandou. On March 22nd, more than 3 months after the initial transmission of the disease, the World Health Organization, confirmed the identity of the disease as Ebola virus disease.1 By the time Guinea was declared Ebola-free in … Continue reading Humanitarian Challenges in the Congo’s Ebola Epidemic

The Covert Realities of Immigrant Healthcare

BY GRACE KANG With the new President, there are clear sentiments of fear within many minority populations. One of the most feared of these groups is the illegal immigrant and refugee population. During and prior to the election season, major news journals failed to cover the realities of the healthcare received by immigrants and its … Continue reading The Covert Realities of Immigrant Healthcare

Depression in Mexico: Stigma and its Policy Implications

BY DIANA GONZALEZ AND MAURICIO ALVAREZ The Vice-Minister of Integration and Development of the Health Sector of the Mexican Ministry of Health, Eduardo González Pier, claims that “an important segment of the population with a mental health problem does not seek medical attention, simply because they do not consider it an illness; however, this is … Continue reading Depression in Mexico: Stigma and its Policy Implications

The Limits of Moral Ideology in Foreign HIV/AIDS Intervention

BY AKIELLY HU From the first cases reported in the early 1980s up until today, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has emerged as one of the world’s foremost public health crises. In 2014, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV – an increase of 6.9 million from 29.8 million in 2001.1 Such a drastic global issue … Continue reading The Limits of Moral Ideology in Foreign HIV/AIDS Intervention

Photo Feature – Brazil

Risk of Zika for Brazil's Indigenous BY HARLAND DAHL Although most cases remain concentrated in northeastern and southeastern Brazil, the distribution of the Zika virus continues to grow throughout the country. As of February, Brazil was one of thirty countries in the Americas facing a Zika threat. Since the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil, … Continue reading Photo Feature – Brazil

Addressing Urban Violence: The “Cure Violence” Public Health Approach

The Chicago Skyline from the 96 th floor of the John Hancock Building. Source: Wikimedia Commons BY SOPHIA KECSKES This July, in response to the tragic killing of a seven-year-old boy in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “adults here are letting the children down—from failures of the criminal justice system to the immoral nature of … Continue reading Addressing Urban Violence: The “Cure Violence” Public Health Approach

Ecuador’s Earthquake: The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters

BY CARLIN SHERIDAN On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing 659 people and injuring over 16,600.1 As the nation begins its emergency response, the disaster sheds light on the weaknesses of its health infrastructure. Natural disasters can be characterized as a health issue because in addition to causing physical injuries, they also destroy urban, … Continue reading Ecuador’s Earthquake: The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters

Diabetes: Health Inequity of Mexican Immigrants in the United States

BY ANABEL STAROSTA In the United States, Latino immigrants are especially affected by certain illnesses due to social and structural factors beyond their control. Latino immigrants often work as disenfranchised laborers, experience ethnic and cultural discrimination, and remain in low socioeconomic conditions. 1 While certain negative health outcomes are equally prevalent across the greater Latino population, Mexican immigrants in … Continue reading Diabetes: Health Inequity of Mexican Immigrants in the United States

Beyond Flint: Lead Poisoning as National Crisis

BY HOLLY ROBINSON The ongoing lead crisis in Flint, Michigan has prompted abundant media coverage on both health issues and political corruption. This attention also increased awareness about the prominence of lead poisoning, bringing similar stories from across the nation to the foreground. At least three other cities—Newark, New York City, and Cleveland—have since reported lead crises of their … Continue reading Beyond Flint: Lead Poisoning as National Crisis