September 2018

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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