September 2017

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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