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HPHR Fellows Interview Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Chief Medical Advisor to the President & NIAID Director
Dr. Ryan Montoya - Abortion Consultation

Dr. Ryan Montoya sheds light on providing abortion consultations via telehealth during the pandemic.

How does wildfire smoke impact our health, and how can we reduce this harm?

Sleep and Mental Health in Students

Sleep and Mental Health in Students By James Davis Sleep

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact The 100 Series"

Former President Barack Obama is famously quoted as saying, “we have more in common than we have things that divide us.” This philosophy may or may not have moved the needle on this country’s politics around human decency, but perhaps it offers us a start to reducing healthcare hesitancy in exam rooms all over the United States.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 104: Healthcare Through Angela’s Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

During Angela Braden's battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.

Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM highlights absurdities of navigating the modern health care system for children with complex needs (#8)

How can we provide the best care for our children if the process is so complex, and sometimes absurd?

Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM discusses Health Literacy, Health Equity, and Housing: Focus on the Section 8 Housing Search (#7)

Housing is Health. Health Equity is Health Literacy. What can we do to make systems better so people can use them and improve their health?

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

Dr Rufaid and Javaid Iqbal discuss Healthcare in Kashmir
Ryan Sutherland, MPH, and Nur Afiaty Investigate the Spread of COVID-19 and Misinformation in Indonesia

As the world’s fourth most populated country with a population that exceeds 270 million, Indonesia has reported over 2.7 million COVID-19 infections. Recent surges have exposed the vulnerability of the Indonesian healthcare system, overwhelming overburdened medical facilities. Will Indonesia become the next global epicenter for the virus, replacing India and Brazil?

Dr. Ananya Awasthi describes how WHO's MPOWER strategy can be applied to promote a HEALTHY FOOD ENVIRONMENT.

The blog discusses WHO's MPOWER strategy and how it can be applied to promote a Healthy Food Environment.

Dr. Ananya Awasthi discusses why we need knowledge translation to promote India's nutrition agenda?

The blog discusses the need for knowledge translation to promote an evidence based agenda for India's nutrition policy and action agenda.

Dr. Hannah Nazri Column

Dr. Hannah Nazri recommends three books to understand how politics and economic climate, and culture can impact a patient's journey in accessing healthcare especially if they are women.

Dr. Hannah Nazri tells us why she is passionate about combining activism into her clinical work and research interests, the nature of science and how medicine cannot work in silo.

Matter over Words: A Conversation with Shehzad Ghias Shaikh​

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam A tale of two centuries

Disability Equity: creating a more inclusive healthcare system and Public Health framework.

Disability it is one of those topics that fall within the intersection of health and social sciences. How the disability community is structured, supported, and even developed depends holistically on the delicate balance of medical intervention and societal inclusion.

In this blog post, Marina Magalhães, a PhD student at the University of Florida addresses some important questions about lactation and breastfeeding

Sofia Weiss Goitiandia spoke for hours with Global Health scholar and activist Dalia Elhag. In this first article based on their conversation, Dalia talks about the roots of her committed feminism, which is at the heart of her activist work.

Health with Humanity By Joanna Burke-Bajaj Workplace Equity in Long-Term

Javaid Iqbal Discusses "Rise of Racist Machines"

The i-value By Javaid Iqbal Rise of Racist Machines Machine

Rasheera Dopson discusses the Age of Health Equity

At the intersection of health justice lies the answer of equity. Equity burdens us all with the task of foreseeable change. Equity is focused less on the performative act and concentrates more on application.

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

Dr. Ananya Awasthi discusses why we need knowledge translation to promote India's nutrition agenda?

The blog discusses the need for knowledge translation to promote an evidence based agenda for India's nutrition policy and action agenda.

Matter over Words: A Conversation with Shehzad Ghias Shaikh​

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam Matter over Words: A Conversation

Ryan Sutherland, MPH, and Rohingya Refugee, Journalist, and Activist JN Joniad Discuss the Refugee Mental Health Crisis

"We are not afraid to die because we have already lost our future. We are sick physically and mentally." The denial of basic rights, the uncertainty of resettlement to third countries, strict deterrence policies, and the global COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated pre-existing mental-health conditions among refugees.

In this blog, science communication is discussed in the context of vaccine hesitancy, particularly with regards to COVID-19 vaccines. Possible strategies to address this challenge are explored, whilst leaving room for nuance.

In this blog post, Bibi discusses the important role that breastfeeding plays in improving public health and barriers to breastfeeding

Challenges in the climate change mitigation space: emissions "leakage", pollutant shifts, and balancing economic and equity concerns

Health with Humanity By Joanna Burke-Bajaj Gender Equality and Water:

Javaid Iqbal discusses "Why Data Are Not Enough To Change Human Behavior"
Dr. Heather Tillewein Interviews a Conversion Therapy Survivor

HPHR Fellow, Dr. Heather Tillewein, does an in-depth interview with conversion therapy survivor, Clare Killman. This interview looks into Clare's family background and the extent her family took to prevent Clare from living as a Transgender Female. Clare Killman discusses what it was like during conversion therapy and the lasting impact this form of therapy has had on her life.

Naomi Fukuda interviews Dental Therapist, Nikita

This vlog discusses the dental therapy profession and Nikita's journey!

Ryan Sutherland, MPH, and the Dahuni Foundation address cyberbullying, a global public health problem

Defined by the American Psychological Association as a “form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort,” bullying is a widespread social problem and represents an overlooked area of public health. Social media and access to internet-connecting devices undoubtedly expose children to cyberbullying and cyber harm. What are steps we can take to address this global public health problem?

Dr. Ankit Raj introduces Global Surgery in his blog "Talking Global Surgery"
Dr. Ankit Raj introduces Global Surgery in his blog "Talking Global Surgery"
Dr. Heather Tillewein discusses health barriers for transgender individuals

Dr. Tillewein discusses the barriers that transgender individuals face when trying to access health care. Transgender individuals face several barriers with insurance, medical providers, and and accessing gender based services. Also, this blog will discuss the lack of education on transgender health that providers have.

Elizana-Marie Joseph discusses the history and importance of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

Dr. Ananya Awasthi discusses why do need a campaign for soda tax to improve public health

The blog discusses the public health and economic implications of drinking sugar sweetened beverages, and how Mexico successfully implemented a soda tax regime, thus setting a policy example for the rest of the world battling with non-communicable diseases.

Think tanks, policymakers, research institutions, social non-profits, and healthcare leaders need to get on the ground and understand that challenges in Bihar are unique and hence the solutions as well.

Dr. Ankit Raj discusses the need for a case for serious reforms to regain the health of Bihar.

Dr. Ankit Raj discusses Economic and Political issues affecting the State of Health in Bihar

Dr. Ankit Raj discusses Economic and Political issues affecting the State of Health in Bihar

In this installment from her Thriving Beyond COVID Series, Bibi Chaterpateah shares the pregnancy experience of Tangila A., who lives with endometriosis and PCOS

Discussing the "co-benefits" of decarbonization for health and climate change mitigation

Public Health and the Pulpit

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam Public Health and the Pulpit

Rahseer Dopson interviews Daniel E. Dawes, JD of Moorhouse about health equity and health reform.

Rebecca Elliott blog 1 photograph

True Curriculum By Rebecca Elliott, MPH Lesson 3: American Education-

True Curriculum By Rebecca Elliott, MPH Lesson 4: So if

"...we need to decriminalize sex work and get people away from the idea that by arresting people it’s going to solve the problem. It’s not, ever. It never has and never will."

"...harm reduction is talking to people, finding out their needs, treating them with respect and dignity and fighting like hell for them against whoever’s trying to bring them down."

"...Our members do not feel safe talking to the police if they were raped, and with good reason. A couple of them told us that when they approached a police officer, their usual response was, 'Well what do you expect? Look who you are, look where you are. And besides, prostitutes can’t get raped.'"

This vlog discusses the critical need for more dental professionals in rural areas.

Javaid Iqbal discusses Health Crisis in US Prisons

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.

During Angela Braden's battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.

To eliminate present-day inequities, we have to first acknowledge the decision-making power behind our healthcare system.

This vlog introduces the link between drug abuse and one's mouth.

Exploring interactions between climate change-related health risks and discussing the global health burden from fossil fuel combustion

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

Javaid Iqbal discusses "Climate Emergency and its impact on Public Health"

The i-value By Javaid Iqbal Addressing Climate Emergency and its

This vlog features dental and medical students with ranges of experiences about their thoughts on the dental-medical divide thus far and their perspectives on integrating dental and medical schools.

Dr. Heather Tillewein discusses artificial intelligence and gender identity

Do artificial intelligence engineers instill their own racial and gender biases? If so, how do these biases impact the lives of gender minority groups?

In this podcast, Sofia Weiss Goitiandia interviews the wonderful Dr. Nick about his work as a Medical Doctor and Co-Founder of OneDay Health in Northern Uganda.

Dr. Hannah Nazri talks to Jessica Pin, an activist with the goal of comprehensive and equitable coverage of the clitoral anatomy in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ObGyn) textbooks.

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam The ones I wish to

Heat Wave, Oregon

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

In this blog post, Sofia Weiss Goitiandia writes about the centrality of narratives and storytelling in medicine. Long story short: in healthcare, the words we use matter.

Dr. Robert X. Williams

A Luminary Mentor By June Samuel Dr. Robert X. Williams:

This WIll Fade

Frame a Moment for Healing By Jessica Q. Honig, LCSW,

Sofia Goitiandia Weiss

The most personal blog post yet, as Sofia Weiss Goitiandia reflects on her own experiences to propose interdisciplinarity as a means of finding purpose and meaning in medicine.

Health with Humanity By Joanna Burke-Bajaj Moving from Health-Related Deservingness

Dr. Anne Bagenholm rescue

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam Breaking the Ice: A Glance

API; CHWs; training

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of community health workers in public health.

A Year’s Scope of Black Lives Matter Part 2: Health inequities between black men and women

Studies have shown that even though the Tuskegee study took place decades ago—the mistrust primarily among black men has become a barrier to accessing health services.

Javaid Iqbal discusses the role of machine learning in healthcare

The i-value By Javaid Iqbal Role of Machine Learning in

Elizana-Marie Joseph discusses how volunteering positively impacts individual and community health outcomes.

Foot binding depicted in "Dr. Heather Tillewein discusses body modification and gender violence"

This blog will focus on the realities of how traditional/cultural body modification reinforces gender violence due to cultural norms.

HPHRxHealthRighters Blog - The Big

The Big Catfish​ By Jessica Q. Honig, LCSW, EdM The

Local independent school teacher, Sasha K. shares her story about pregnancy in a global pandemic

Dr. Hannah Nazri discusses FGM/C, period spot checks and sexual harassment in Malaysia

Dr. Hannah Nazri explains why FGM/C (female genital mutilation/ circumcision), period spot checks and rape jokes in school are due to internalised misogyny which we need to continually challenge.

Promise and pitfalls regarding the use of low-cost sensors for addressing air inequality

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 103: Our Body Is (Nothing and Everything)"

“My grandmother was resistant to her food being heated up on a metal plate. Today, most of us don’t even think twice about warming our dinner in a microwave. Change is slow, but it is constant and inevitable. We will get there.”

Rebecca Elliott blog 1 photograph
API; representation

Jackie Leung discusses her experience in running for office and her passion in public health.

Ryan Sutherland, MPH, investigates restrictions on blood donation for men who have sex with men

Since the 1980s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has maintained restrictive policies preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. Are these restrictions discriminatory or based on science?

Ryan Sutherland, MPH, discusses the Biden Administration’s Reinstatement of Transgender Health Protections

The Biden administration overturned a Trump-era policy to align the definition of “sex” in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to again include sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to biological sex. How does this protect transgender health?

Cadets performed the Haka Dance during the eighth annual West Point Asian Pacific American Observance Celebration Friday at Trophy Point. A Haka is a traditional posture dance form with shouted accompaniment of the Maori of New Zealand. The U.S. Army photo

Jackie Leung discusses the importance of demographic data collection and using this to understand the trends and potential reasons to differing health outcomes.

Dr. Ananya Awasthi discusses Dietary Diversity and how it could be a game changer in fighting India's Malnutrition problem?

The blog discusses the importance of Dietary Diversity and how it could be a game changer in fighting India's Malnutrition problem?

In her fourth blog, Bibi talks about vaginal birth as an option for babies with breech presentations

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 102: The Brown Paper Bag"

“I used to see my mother and grandmother get these brown paper bags full of medications thrown at them. I was sitting there trying to help my mother read and understand them.”

In this blog, Bibi shares why you should watch the drama series Call the Midwife

Pakistan LIfe Savers Program

The Charm City Experience By Sonia Hegde Contamination on the

The Charm City Experience By Sonia Hegde A history of

Dr. Hannah Nazri discusses the role of social media in promoting health illiteracy and whether doctors should be online.

Dr. Ankit Raj discusses the different approaches to tackling the COVID-19 in rural India.

Lessons from Bihar By Dr. Ankit Raj Privatization of Healthcare

Lessons from Bihar By Dr. Ankit Raj Death of Public

In the 21st century progression and health equity are assumed to be a given, yet the health of Black men has yet to improve.

This vlog is an interview with Dr. Jenny Pan D.M.D on her work experience with underserved populations and her perspective on the division between medicine and dentistry.

Exploring the intersection of social justice and environmental health.

Children's Room-Library

Let’s stop focusing on system users (e.g. patients, families, students) as the problem and start focusing on the ways we can create a usable system.

This blog will focus on the realities of conversion therapy on the LGBTQ community, and suggest policy changes to eliminate its use.

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How do we do Health Equity? Start by asking yourself questions to continuously learn.

HPHR Health Equity - Asking Questions
Javaid Iqbal discusses “How Vaccine Apartheid Hurts Global Health”

The i-value By Javaid Iqbal How Vaccine Apartheid Hurts Global

The blog discusses five lessons on Public Health that India can learn from the Coronavirus

What is the current state of global air quality monitoring, and why is this important?

This vlog will talk about the effects of COVID-19 on oral health care.

Health with Humanity By Joanna Burke-Bajaj How Guaranteed Income Policies

Do patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccines really increase production and distribution?

Elizana-Marie Joseph discusses how single-use plastics and personal protective equipment, used as protection from COVID-19, became part of another public health problem - climate change.

Surrogacy has raised several moral and ethical concerns relating to women and children rights.

Health with Humanity By Joanna Burke-Bajaj High Reliability in Healthcare: Creating

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black healthcare hesitancy and its impact profile 101: The Best Doctor"

"There are members of the Black community who find it difficult, at best, to believe that reversing age-old systematic oppression and trauma in healthcare is a top priority of our government.”

Official Trailer - Recommendations Nazri

This week, instead of the usual blog article, Dr. Hannah Nazri recommends three films that emphasise the importance of listening to patients emphatically as well as developing the medical knowledge. Always listen to your patients.

This blog will focus on the realities of female genital mutilation and female genital cosmetic surgery, and the culture and societal norms that influence their prevalence.

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam Misinformation is a Global Health

Zaitoon By Dr. Butool Hisam Alcoholics Anonymous and Public Health

Rasheera Dopson explains that when looking at health equity, it is important to give people what they need when they need it in the amount they need it in, so that they can achieve optimal health.

Tiktok in Public Health

The i-value By Javaid Iqbal Public Health and TikTok Facebook

How do we quantify the health impacts of air pollution? The 30,000 foot view.

Long Covid

Dr. Hannah Nazri discusses long COVID, a post-viral condition following COVID-19 and how we must include long COVID in our pandemic response.

Student Sex Worker Image

This blog explores why students turn to sex work; the stigma student sex workers face; and recommendations on how universities can be more inclusive of the student sex work population.

Naomi Fakuda Column

This vlog will talk about disparities in access to oral health care, with particular emphasis on social determinants of health.

Bibi Chaterpateah discusses the maternal mental health crisis in the United States and impacts of COVID-19 on maternal mental health

What do you notice when you walk around your neighborhood? Let's go on a walk together and see what we see.

Rural Bihar - Image Credits: Dr. Ankit Raj

Lessons from Bihar By Dr. Ankit Raj Bihar and Public

This introductory blog post from Stuti Chakraborty talks about what is stroke, how to spot one, and stroke awareness month. Stay tuned for more to come!

A first blog post drawing from philosophy of medicine asks: is it ethical to allow people to sell a kidney to overcome poverty?

This blog addresses the realities of the mail-order bride business; its impacts on migrant brides; and how the U.S. enforces regulations that affects brides' overall life in their new country.

Oral Health and Medicine: Separate Not Equal By: Naomi Fukuda

The blog discusses how the second wave of COVID-19 exposed the existing vulnerabilities of India’s public health system.

What is the global burden of health degradation by air pollution? This post sets the stage for future discussions of air pollution epidemiology and policy.

Technology aimed at measuring and monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black healthcare hesitancy and its impact profile 101: The Best Doctor"

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.

Rasheera Dopson explains the importance of acknowledging the need for intersectional work and study is imperative in understanding how population groups can overlap and how that overlap can have just as much of an influence on one’s health outcome as their sole identity status.

Dr. Hannah Nazri discusses the gender pain gap, misogyny in medicine and how we should keep our minds open with 'Persistent Physical Symptoms' diagnoses.