Medical deserts in America: Why we need to advocate for rural healthcare

In July 2015, H.R. 3225, the Save Rural Hospitals Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives. The goal of this bill was to help stabilize rural hospitals through financial relief and to halt the recent healthcare spending cuts that had led to rural hospital closures across the nation. When sequestration and Medicare cuts began to hit hospitals, the rate of rural hospital closures increased six-fold between 2010 and 2015.

Hope and Vibrance are Alive Inside the "Refugee Crisis"

My first exposure to the “refugee crisis” was in the summer of 2013, just before my senior year of high school. I was in Istanbul visiting family and the Turkish nightly news was consumed with reports of increasing numbers fleeing the seemingly endless violence in Syria. Thousands were pouring across Turkey’s borders every day, and Turkey was not prepared for the neighboring civil war to spill over.

Student Activism: Perspectives on Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Sometime in early November, we were sitting around a table in Adams Coolidge Room talking about the Long Island Bridge closure and its effects on the homeless population in Massachusetts, specifically in regards to the current opioid epidemic. Two years ago, the Long Island Bridge closed, displacing hundreds of homeless persons relying on the shelters and detox centers on the island. Some of those beds have yet to be relocated.

Hope in the Face of a Disaster: standing together after Hurricane Matthew

In October, Hurricane Matthew struck regions of southern Haiti as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, the death toll surpassed 1,000; the hurricane displaced hundreds of thousands and left over 1 million people in the south in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Many were left without homes, access to safe drinking water, food, or medical attention. Medical and public health professionals feared that another cholera crisis was imminent.

HGHI Summer Internship Reflections: Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, Henna Hundal, '19

My work with the lovely Ms. Wanda Allen of Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has given me unbelievable insight into the intersection of research and community engagement. From the very first day, the brilliant, energetic group at CFAR welcomed me and my Harvard College colleague Laura Kanji with open arms.

HGHI Summer Internship Reflections: Greene County Health Care, Jackson Allen, '18

I've been having a fantastic time with Greene County Health Care (GCHC), though the South is hotter than I expected this summer! GCHC is a non-profit in eastern North Carolina that manages several low-cost community health centers. I really feel like I've gotten to see the full picture of healthcare in a setting like this, from the smallest details of understanding patients' culture and how that affects care, all the way up to the state and federal policies that affect how an organization like GCHC is run.

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The conclusion to a crash course on how to live life

Why do people want to help others? There’s certainly a biological reason for wanting the best for your kin and offspring, but why do people, and certainly some more than others, feel such a drive to enhance the lives of strangers around them that they are willing to devote their lives to this purpose? Is it a moral imperative? Is it something you do because you’ve come from a less privileged background and you want to give back? What obliges you to help others? What makes you think others need or want your help?