My Moral Responsibility as a Physician: Addressing the Political Determinants of Health

August 11th, 2020

health disparities, policy, advocacy, inequity, Vote, immigration, deportation, political organizing, voter registration, political determinants of health, presidential election, moral responsibility

By: Jeremy Stricsek, MD


A while back I was invited to attend a panel discussion on primary care at an area medical school. For 45 minutes[...]

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Food Insecurity… Emerging Again from the Shadows of COVID-19

August 6th, 2020

health equity, pandemic, health policy, COVID-19, disparities, Food Insecurity, racism, screening

By: Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH


On first glance, COVID-19 appeared to be the “great equalizer,” particularly with reports of celebrities and world[...]

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COVID-19 Data Reporting Redirected from CDC to HHS

August 5th, 2020

pandemic, COVID-19, CDC, case rate, HHS, data collection, data reporting, hospitalization rate, death rate

By: Suporna Chaudhuri


Autumn may be around the corner, but a reprieve from ever-increasing COVID-19 death tolls and skyrocketing case[...]

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The Impacts of Racism on the Health of our Nation

August 4th, 2020

health disparities, equity, public health, racism, discrimination, race-based medicine

By: Gary LeRoy, MD and Ada Stewart, MD


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”[...]

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Overdose & Harm Reduction in the Time of COVID-19

July 29th, 2020

health equity, health disparities, pandemic, homelessness, COVID-19, opioid epidemic, drug use, overdose, harm reduction, naloxone, safer drug use, syringe service program, police aggression

By: Alejandro Alves, MPP


Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States faced an epidemic of drug overdose, topping half a million[...]

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COVID-19 and the Social Determinants of Health

July 28th, 2020

health equity, health disparities, pandemic, social determinants of health, COVID-19, racism, discrimination

By: Michelle A. Williams, ScD


The COVID-19 crisis continues to expose deep vulnerabilities in the U.S. healthcare system—from the dearth of[...]

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COVID-19 Exacerbates Food Insecurity in Latino Children & Families

July 23rd, 2020

pandemic, COVID-19, Food Insecurity, Latino, Food Assistance, SNAP, WIC, Chilling Effect, Vote, Public Charge, federal nutrition program

By: Alberto González, MPP


COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing health disparities that continue to affect Latino families, and further, the[...]

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The State of the South

July 22nd, 2020

policing, pandemic, Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, South, Southeast, Appalachia, gender nonconforming, voter suppression, resistance, social movement, activism, rural, disability justice, mass incarceration, trans, reproductive justice, white supremacy, capitalism

By: Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson


I refuse to write another state of emergency article. I have no more words to say about the epidemic of anti-Black[...]

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COVID-19 and Oral Health

July 21st, 2020

health disparities, pandemic, telehealth, COVID-19, inequity, public health, minimally invasive, dental health, dentistry, oral health, teledentistry

By: Lisa Simon, MD, DMD and Hugh Silk, MD, MPH


During the initial rapid spread of the coronavirus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and[...]

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Pandemic-Related Psychological Distress & Tools to Help

July 17th, 2020

pandemic, mental health, COVID-19, depression, anxiety, human needs, pandemic-related stress disorder, self-help

By: William C. Sanderson, PhD


A mental health pandemic has developed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increasing number of COVID cases in the[...]

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