Issue 4.1 – Fall 2016

A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

BY CASSIE LIGNELLI Kaveh Khoshnood knows global health. He has been at the Yale School of Public Health since completing his MPH, working almost exclusively on HIV/AIDS and health among the most vulnerable populations in the US and worldwide. Even more remarkably, he has devoted his career to training the next generation of public health … Continue reading A Conversation with Kaveh Khoshnood: Paths Through a Career in Global Health

America’s Forgotten Cities: Public Health Crises in the Texas Colonias

BY ELI RAMI Texas is the second most populous state in the US. An economic powerhouse of the United States, if Texas were a sovereign nation it would rank as the fourteenth largest economy in the world.1 With a gross state product of over 1.6 trillion dollars in 2014, Texas has the second largest state … Continue reading America’s Forgotten Cities: Public Health Crises in the Texas Colonias

Food Insecurity: In the “Salad Bowl of America”

BY CLAIRE CHANG Nicknamed the “salad bowl of America,” the Salinas Valley of Monterey County, California, reigns as one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. As a whole, Monterey County contributes significantly to America’s total annual vegetable production. For example, the county produces 61% of leaf lettuce, 57% of celery, 56% of … Continue reading Food Insecurity: In the “Salad Bowl of America”

The Unseen Consequences of War: Responding to Sri Lanka’s Mental Health Burden

BY OHVIA MURALEETHARAN Although many refer to Sri Lanka as a success story in achieving high health outcomes despite its low income, a crucial side of its past often remains unaddressed. An island country of only 25,300 square miles, Sri Lanka has a bloody history, full of war and ethnic conflict.1 After a brutal 50-year … Continue reading The Unseen Consequences of War: Responding to Sri Lanka’s Mental Health Burden

Dengue Fever: Endemic to Epidemic

BY SARAH SPAULDING Today, a bite from the wrong mosquito can cause severe fever, organ failure, and even death. No, this mosquito is not carrying malaria as you may have thought, it is carrying dengue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue fever is a viral infection carried by female mosquitoes of the species … Continue reading Dengue Fever: Endemic to Epidemic

Republic of Korea: An Increased Response to a Decreased Fertility Rate

BY SUKRITI MOHAN In a world where we often worry about overpopulation, there are certain nations struggling to stimulate higher numbers of births. Concern about declining fertility and birth rates has risen drastically during the last few decades, and many worry that the decreased number of young residents will weaken the future labor force and … Continue reading Republic of Korea: An Increased Response to a Decreased Fertility Rate

Ireland: Restrictions on Abortion

BY ARIELA ZEBEDE Ireland has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, only allowing abortion in order to save the life of the mother. The laws are unclear in some situations, however, sometimes leaving pregnant women trapped in situations that may damage their mental or physical health. Moreover, victims of rape and incest … Continue reading Ireland: Restrictions on Abortion

At The Helm: United States Foreign Policy and Reproductive Rights

BY AVIVA RABIN-COURT In January 1973, the United States Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade. That case, a watershed decision, acknowledged a constitutional right to abortions and rejected a theory of personhood based on religious convictions, creating a more secular national policy.1 Roe v. Wade shifted the national understanding of abortion from a largely criminal … Continue reading At The Helm: United States Foreign Policy and Reproductive Rights

Pakistan & Brazil: The Current Narrative of Healthcare Reform

BY MAHRUKH SHAHID Earlier this year, the Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, launched a state-run health insurance program called the Prime Minister’s Health Program (PMHP). The scheme initially targeted 15 districts, but PM Sharif quickly announced plans to expand PMHP to 23 districts and expressed hope that the program would soon become available … Continue reading Pakistan & Brazil: The Current Narrative of Healthcare Reform

Russia: The Sickness of a Nation

BY CHANEY KALINICH The probability that a 15-year-old boy in Russia will die before he reaches the age of 60 is greater than 40%.1 The ongoing health crisis in Russia presents a frightening picture of a nation’s leaders undermining its own citizens’ lives through neglect, corruption, and a quest for power. Russia is a wealthy … Continue reading Russia: The Sickness of a Nation