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.
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.
In mid-February the Harvard Financial Analysts Club invited Martin Shkreli to campus to give a talk on “healthcare and investing.” This worried a significant portion of Harvard students on many fronts. I write here from the perspective of the Global Health & AIDS Coalition (GHAC).
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. Turkey did not have stringent border control at the time, and did not feel the need to instate it, as it was more of a crossroads for refugees to stay for a few months and gather the necessary… Read more about Hope and Vibrance are Alive Inside the "Refugee Crisis"
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.
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.
This summer, myself and a classmate had the incredible opportunity to perform self-guided research abroad as recipients of the Rosenkrantz Discovery Grant offered by the History and Science Department. We chose to explore the culture of medicine in Havana, Cuba: