Category Archives: Community Health

Vaccine Hesitancy in the Time of COVID

Few issues can bring out differences of opinion—a worldwide pandemic being among them. Over the past two years, Americans have seen friends, families and coworkers divided. We have been bombarded with opinions about everything from mask-wearing to how much toilet paper to keep on hand.

Generations of Hurt, and Healing

This article was originally published in our Fall 2021 print issue. There are certain traits that you can inherit from your parents, grandparents, and the generations before you. These traits can manifest themselves in easily visible features, like hair color, while others are less visually

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Refinery Pollutants and their Effect on Public Health

Michele’s classmates peered out of the classroom window and gasped in disbelief at what they saw. A thick, black cloud hovered over the small towns of Rodeo and Crockett menacingly, slowly traveling toward them. The smoke wouldn’t stop spilling into the sky, it seemed. The principal’s voice

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Traditional and Herbal Healing: Enhancing Allopathic Methods

Modern day doctors’ office visits have stayed consistent throughout United States history. Patients file in, wait to be called into a room, then have a few  moments to quickly describe their entire health history and the current health issues they are experiencing. Afterwards, a physician,

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Making SpACEs for ACEs

Poverty. Divorce. Incarceration. Emotional abuse. Avoiding discussion of these topics can be easy due to their sensitivity, but in creating safe spaces of discussion for these Adverse Childhood Experiences, we can take a first step in reducing them. Adverse Childhood Experiences, more commonly known as

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Femtech’s Limited Role in Tackling Healthcare Inequity

If you walk into the Nurx headquarters in San Francisco, California you will find yourself in an open-office space, colorfully accented with pastel pillows, plants and modern furniture. The trendy office is home to reproductive telehealth startup Nurx. Nurx aims to make reproductive healthcare more

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Mass Incarceration: The H.I.V. Engine

Despite making up only 12 percent of the population, Black women represent 60 percent of all HIV infections in women in the United States. In fact, the rate of H.I.V. infection is 20 times higher among Black women compared to White women, making up 57

A Lack of Trust and Access

Vaccine trust is a growing issue among marginalized communities of color throughout the U.S. who are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to COVID-19 resources.

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Quarantine Nutrition

With social activity limited and stress levels high during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping up a nutritious diet can be difficult but is important to maintain.