COVID-19 Ravages the COFA Community in Hawai‘i

April 22nd, 2021

health equity, pandemic, COVID-19, public health, racial disparities, structural violence, structural intervention, Pacific Islanders, COFA migrants, Medicaid, Hawaii, Compact of Free Association

By: Nash Witten, MD


As of January 31, 2021, Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate in the United[...]

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Menstrual Health During COVID-19: How Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Can Improve Equity

April 21st, 2021

primary care, health equity, policy, pandemic, advocacy, COVID-19, public health, domestic violence, WASH infrastructure, sanitation, hygiene, menstrual health, menstrual hygiene management, water

By: Rachel Fisher Ingraham, MSW, MPH, Bonita B. Sharma, PhD, MSSW, and Karen Joe, MPH


Globally, over 800 million women, girls, and gender non-binary persons are menstruating while simultaneously coping[...]

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Muslim Community Engagement Efforts to Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

April 16th, 2021

primary care, policy, pandemic, COVID-19, public health, vaccine hesitancy, misinformation, COVID vaccine, American Muslim Health Professionals, Muslim, Pfizer, Moderna, religion, faith-based, Emergency Use Authorization, trusted messengers

By: Sana Syed, MD, MPH and Arshia Wajid, MBA, MPH


The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged communities across the globe to organize and collaborate for effective public[...]

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Evolving Concepts of Justice and Safety

April 14th, 2021

community health, policy, mental health, Black Lives Matter, law enforcement, advocacy, public health, white supremacy, intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, criminal legal system, justice, safety, substance use treatment, privilege, sexual violence, police coercion, violence, survival, survivor, domestic violence, oppression, carceral feminist lens

By: Katie Bement, BA


Criminalizing survival

Rachel stayed. She stayed to survive, and for that the criminal legal system labeled her a[...]

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Climate Health Now

April 1st, 2021

health equity, climate change, policy, advocacy, public health, climate crisis, fossil fuels, pollution, air quality, climate justice, racial justice

By: Amanda Millstein, MD


Injury and drowning from worsening storm surges and flooding. Smoke inhalation and burns from wildfires. More severe[...]

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The Original Pandemic: Commercial Tobacco

March 31st, 2021

Addiction, health disparities, policy, pandemic, social determinants of health, COVID-19, equity, public health, racism, exploitation, commercial tobacco, nicotine, vaping, Tobacco Industry, environmental, cigarettes, Big Tobacco

By: Lauren Kemmeter


All mentions of tobacco in this article refer to commercial tobacco and nicotine products and not sacred and[...]

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Winds of Change: Communicating the Biden Administration’s Immigration Policies Can Help Combat the Pandemic

March 30th, 2021

Trump Administration, primary care, pandemic, COVID-19, public health, Public Charge, immigration, deportation, asylum, carceral facilities, frontline workers, immigration policy, Biden administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE arrests, green card holder, public benefit programs, naturalized citizen, refugee

By: Randy Capps, PhD


With rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths falling dramatically from peaks in January, the United[...]

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A Worsening Crisis: Obstetric Care in Rural America

March 25th, 2021

primary care, family medicine, health equity, pandemic, COVID-19, crisis, public health, maternal mortality, obstetrics, rural America, maternity care desert, rural hospital closures, cesarean delivery, infant mortality, generalist physician

By: John Cullen, MD


Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat. They are dying because societies have yet to make the[...]

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Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination Equity

March 18th, 2021

pandemic, COVID-19, public health, racism, trust, essential workers, physical distancing, COVID vaccine, vaccine equity, primary care providers, vaccine acceptance, medical mistrust, criminal legal system

By: Jennifer Lorvick, DrPH, Jordana Hemberg, MPH and Megan Comfort, PhD


As COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out across the United States, there is an urgent need to increase vaccination rates[...]

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All Essential Workers Deserve a Path to Citizenship

March 17th, 2021

pandemic, COVID-19, public health, immigration, essential workers, path to citizenship, Temporary Protected Status, TPS holder, Dreamer, COVID-19 stimulus relief, U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, Dream and Promise Act, Work and Family Mobility Act, undocumented immigrants, Safe Communities Act

By: Eva Millona, JD, MA


Recently, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was a proud sponsor of the New England[...]

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