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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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To Challenge the Status Quo: Staging a Teach-In on Access to Medicines

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).

Martin Shkreli, perhaps better known as Pharma Bro, earned himself a mix of infamy and admiration after hiking the price of Daraprim– a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis (a symptom in immunocompromised patients) – from $13.50 to $750 overnight. Shkreli’s investing approach can be broken down quite simply...

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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. Currently, 673 additional rural medical facilities are at risk of...

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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. 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...

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