Issue 8.1 – Fall 2020

Uighur Cultural and Ethnic Genocide in 2021: Understanding Humanitarian Crises Through the Lens of a Continuing Pandemic

BY SHERRY CHEN What happens when a humanitarian crisis overlaps with a global pandemic?  Uighurs living in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are met face-to-face with this issue on a daily basis. The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) was an American counterterrorism effort, initiated by President George W. Bush in response to the September … Continue reading Uighur Cultural and Ethnic Genocide in 2021: Understanding Humanitarian Crises Through the Lens of a Continuing Pandemic

The Doctor with a Gavel: Keeping the Gates to the Constitutional Right to Health in Brazil

BY MURILO DORION João da Silva is a 61-year-old Brazilian man with a severe hernia that causes constant pain and nausea. He was diagnosed in March but, because of the pandemic, the local government relocated his doctor to a field hospital, pushed non-emergent surgeries, and left João waiting for his urgent procedure at least up … Continue reading The Doctor with a Gavel: Keeping the Gates to the Constitutional Right to Health in Brazil

The Rise of an Unlikely Public Health Ally: Brazilian Drug Cartels

BY SOPHIA DE OLIVERA As I peered outside the window of a bus shuttling me to my grandmother’s house from the Rio International Airport, I found myself exceedingly curious about the towering multicolored slums decorating the outskirts of the Brazilian city. These vast stretches of impoverished housing, known as Favelas, were unlike anything I’d ever … Continue reading The Rise of an Unlikely Public Health Ally: Brazilian Drug Cartels

Why is Our Genome Data So White? A Discussion on the Lack of Representation in Genome-Wide Association Studies

BY ANN-MARIE ABUNYEWA The public health research consensus is that predominantly social and economic factors contribute to the health disparities observed in the United States. The determinants that contribute the least to health disparities are biology and genetics, which is understandable, as all humans share roughly 99.9% of DNA, and modern access to quality healthcare … Continue reading Why is Our Genome Data So White? A Discussion on the Lack of Representation in Genome-Wide Association Studies

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Sleep, Anxiety, and Suicide

BY MIKA YOKOTA Introduction  The Spring Festival on January 25, 2020 has become an unexpected and unforgettable memory for the people of China. On December 31, 2019, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission authorities reported multiple pneumonia cases of unknown etiology in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A series of events that followed disallowed the country to celebrate the … Continue reading COVID-19 and Mental Health: Sleep, Anxiety, and Suicide

Mass Incarceration & COVID-19

BY AMMA OTCHERE Faced with the looming coronavirus threat, governments around the globe have employed a number of strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19. As prisons have emerged as a hotbed for coronavirus, one of the strategies has included attempts to reduce prison populations through methods such as early release and reduced admissions.1 By … Continue reading Mass Incarceration & COVID-19

On Average, What People Think About Covid-19 Responses, and the New Vaccine

BY RYAN BOSE-ROY With 317,800 Covid-19 deaths in the United States and 1.7 million deaths worldwide, the recent emergence of suitable Covid-19 vaccine candidates is a refreshing sight. However, vaccine availability is just a stepping-stone to the end goal; public opinion of the pandemic response and trust in the vaccine are crucial for adequate coverage … Continue reading On Average, What People Think About Covid-19 Responses, and the New Vaccine

A COVID-19 Vaccine: What’s Been Done and What’s to Come

BY MAIYA HOSSAIN The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has completely taken the world aback, forcing individuals to alter their usual ways of life. From abruptly transitioning to Zoom classes in March to requiring masks in virtually all public spaces, COVID-19 has affected all facets of society, which has paved the way for what some dub the … Continue reading A COVID-19 Vaccine: What’s Been Done and What’s to Come