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When 'Global' Means Home

by Julie Chung

My hour-long commute to my internship required me to drive from the southernmost point of Los Angeles to a small city east of Downtown called Alhambra, famous for its authentic Szechuan cuisine and boba shops on every corner. To pass the time, I alternated between cranking up the local NPR station, the fuzzy Korean AM radio, and the Spanish-speaking music channel in my car. Stuck...

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What is ‘Health System Design’ and Why Does it Matter? Lessons Learned from a Scoping Exercise

by Michaela Nesson

Rwanda rebuilt its health sector after the 1994 genocide. In the U.S. today, healthcare payment reform continues to prove its complexity. And globally, efforts toward achieving Universal Health Coverage vary widely by country. Each of these presents a case of health system overhaul, in which some type of drastic change has been sought. What does this transformational work look like? Who is involved in it? Where is it taking place?

These questions sparked my project this summer at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. There, I worked under the...

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Project Menstrual Pad

by Katrina Hagedorn

I’m a teenage girl living in one of the poorest districts outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where clean water is scarce and sanitation facilities are poor. My father is a mason and laborer, making little more than $10 per day, and my mother stays home to take care of my three...

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Opioid Epidemic Awareness, Education and Advocacy: Cambridge community members look to church shelter, local coalitions and Harvard students

By: Daniela Muhleisen

First Church Shelter, SIFMA Now!, and the Harvard Global Mental Health Coalition hosted the 2017 Mitch Snyder Lecture, an opioid awareness event for Harvard College students and members of the Cambridge community. The Mitch Snyder Lecture memorializes Mitch Snyder, longtime advocate for people...

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'Right to Health' Bootcamp: A student's experience learning health advocacy tactics

By: Shayla Partridge

On the second weekend in October, representatives from many of Harvard’s undergraduate global health and health activism groups – namely the Global Health and AIDS Coalition and Partners in Health Engage – joined with the rest of the Massachusetts community for a ‘Right to Health’ Bootcamp hosted at Lexington High School. The event was organized by a coalition of health advocacy leaders, including affiliates from the Harvard Medicine Indivisible chapter, MassCare, Take...

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More than Just Numbers: Cuts to Global Reproductive Health Funding in the President’s FY18 Budget Request

By: Minnie Jang

 

“Even with reductions in funding, we will continue to be the leader in international development, global health, democracy and good governance initiatives and humanitarian efforts.” I paused to copy down Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s words in my notebook, each pen stroke brimming with skepticism....

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Guam’s Non-Communicable Disease Consortium: A Model of the Power and Potential of Public Health

By: Marinna Okawa

 

Seven years ago, the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) declared a Regional State of Health Emergency for the US Affiliated Pacific Islands. Guam was included in these islands, part of an area that had alarmingly high rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular...

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An Uncomfortable Icebreaker

By: Austin Valido

 

Once we were all arranged in a line, the cultural orientation facilitator read the rules of the activity. You start together as items are read from a list and, when an item applies to you, take one step forward. Simple enough. She began, “If you had access to running water as a child step forward.” There was nervous laughter as a handful of people shuffled forward. She continued, “If you had a cellphone...

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Climate Change, Human Health, and National Advocacy: Former EPA Administrator Tells Us to Speak up

This spring, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a symposium entitled “Human Health in a Changing Climate” with series of panelists who spoke about the effects of changing environmental conditions on human health. The event’s keynote speaker was Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama.

McCarthy began the symposium by summarizing that what experts believe is responsible...

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Strides in Solidarity

Bright and early on the morning of Sunday, April 9th, a group of Harvard students headed to the indoor Boston University Track and Tennis Center to participate in Strides in Solidarity, a 5K race or walk-a-thon to show solidarity with Partners in Health community health workers around the world. Partners in Health Engage teams from Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, and Boston College, along with the PIH Young Professionals had spent weeks fundraising and spreading the word about this event.

Strides in Solidarity ran from 10:00AM to 1:00PM, and opening speakers included Joia...

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