Tag: social determinants of health

Examining the social determinants of global eye health: Sharing my story of vision care (pt. 3)

Soham Govande , July 7th, 2021

This post is part three. Read part one and two of this series. As Together We See (TWS) grew, our team conducted international vision screenings. In these programs,…

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Ripple effects of global warming and climate change on American public health disparities

Soham Govande , May 3rd, 2021

Climate change is one of humanity’s most pressing obstacles this century. With longer summers and shortening coastlines, environmental changes are well-documented by scientists. However, environmenta…

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Mass Incarceration and COVID-19: The intersection of American policy failures

Soham Govande , March 17th, 2021

Today, American prison systems stand at the intersection of multiple public health disasters. Mass incarceration has led to millions of people living in dismal, overcrowded arrangements — condi…

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A Mini-Ethnography: Social determinants of public health on the Texas-Mexico border

Soham Govande , February 18th, 2021

In early January, I traveled from the suburbs of Austin to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) as a student researcher to test an app that would expand the…

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How self-produced medicines have increased tribal agency and reduced health disparities in Thailand

Soham Govande , December 28th, 2020

Modern healthcare is fraught with inequality. The U.S. private system suffers from exorbitant treatment costs, turns a blind eye to chronic conditions, and reflects disparities by ethnicity and…

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The public health crisis on the Thailand-Myanmar border: Struggles of the Karen tribal peoples

Soham Govande , December 26th, 2020

“Anada1 was abandoned in the toilet pan at birth. Neighbors discovered her some hours later, and we took her to the hospital. The high level of infection caused…

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Having conversations about health: Public health disparities on the Pine Ridge Native reservation

Soham Govande , November 7th, 2020

Indigenous communities have suffered for centuries at the hands of colonialism, and their isolation on reservations has affected their health and well-being in a myriad of ways. In…

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Culture’s effect on well-being: Examining connections between industrialism, mental health, and culture-bound syndromes

Soham Govande , October 12th, 2020

Although public health has an objective and scientific connotation, systems of thought and belief also affect well-being, with equal, if not greater, impact. For instance, global differences in…

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Teaching the social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic by David Ansari

David Ansari , March 28th, 2020

I teach an undergraduate course called Cultural diversity, structural barriers, and multilingualism in clinical and healing encounters at the University of Chicago. The title is a mouthful, and…


Web Roundup: Beyond Using More Female Rats: Gender Disparities in Biomedicine by Anika Jugovic-Spajic

Anika Jugovic-Spajic , July 11th, 2019

Recently, physicians, public health experts, and anthropologists (among others) have pointed to a prevalence of gender, class, race, age, and ethnic bias in biomedical research and the specific…


BONUS EPISODE: ‘The scariest word in the English language: a public lecture on schizophrenia’

Julia Brown , June 11th, 2019

In this public lecture, Gabrielle Carey and Julia Brown hope to achieve at least two things. First, to humanise and reduce fear around the condition of schizophrenia (a…

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Foreign Girl Forever – Einat Fishbain

swillen , June 25th, 2014

Einat Fishbain Lily Oudraogo was born in Tel Aviv, and that’s where she lived and died. Twenty-five difficult and insulting years on the margins of society, and beyond,…