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“Teething” the Truth about Oral Care During Pregnancy

Written by Sreya Peddi and Sara Ibrahim Prenatal care is usually associated with visits to the obstetrician, ultrasound screenings, and prenatal vitamins, however oral health is just as important. There has been a tremendous amount of progress and advocacy for health conditions like cancer and infectious diseases, but progress and advocacy for maternal health often … Continue reading “Teething” the Truth about Oral Care During Pregnancy

The Call to Transform Black Mental Health Services

Written by Mohamed Diagne “Understand that systemic racism contributes to Black people’s vulnerability to psychological, emotional, and social distress. It makes them hesitant to seek mental health services, especially from those who don’t look like them.” – Tytannie Harris, LCSWChicago, IL One of the many weaknesses of America’s infrastructure that has been underscored by the … Continue reading The Call to Transform Black Mental Health Services

Urban Violence and its Effects on the Mental Health of Youth

Exploring the connection between violence in inner-city neighborhoods and its impact on the mental health of children and adolescents. Written by Sara Ibrahim and Victoria Van Drost  Children and adolescents living in environments where they are exposed to toxic stress, community violence, and poverty are at much higher risk of developing health and behavioral problems … Continue reading Urban Violence and its Effects on the Mental Health of Youth

The Scope of Paid Parental Leave and How It Is Integral to Social Justice

Written by Cecilia Rogers, Natalie Ito, and Emilie Yang Even while being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the United States is one of seven countries without national paid maternity leave. This is despite the fact that research has found many health and economic benefits of having paid parental leave, all of which … Continue reading The Scope of Paid Parental Leave and How It Is Integral to Social Justice

Your Health, Your Right; Why Adopted Children Should Have Access to Their Family Medical History

Written by Madison Dietl Every so often when I visit a new doctor or specialist, they’ll ask me about my family medical history. Being adopted as an infant, all I can do is shrug and say “I don’t know.” Usually, the doctor will just move on without a second thought, unconcerned. I can’t say the … Continue reading Your Health, Your Right; Why Adopted Children Should Have Access to Their Family Medical History

Vaccine Hesitancy: Are the Futures of Our Children Safe?

Written by Cameryn Peknik We know vaccines work. Research has shown that when the correct dose is given, and enough people in a community receive their vaccinations, it is harder for diseases to transmit between people, and rates dramatically decrease. And yet, despite all of the research completed since their development in the late 18th … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy: Are the Futures of Our Children Safe?

What Color is Pain?

Written by Victoria Van Drost  Slavery is considered one of the darkest periods in American history. Its ugliness is often masked by modern faith that slavery’s racist foundations have since evolved into universally equitable societies. Institutionalized ideologies that once deemed slaves only three-fifths of a human being have evolved into doctrines that prize equality regardless … Continue reading What Color is Pain?

The Black Opioid Epidemic: The irreparable impact of a single pharmaceutical company on the black community 

By Mohamed Diagne  By the year 2000, pharmaceutical companies had convinced medical professionals across the United States that opioid analgesics  – a highly potent painkiller that successfully marketed  itself as a therapeutic drug in the  late 1990s – would not deleteriously affect the mental stability of patients, nor make them overly dependent on the relief … Continue reading The Black Opioid Epidemic: The irreparable impact of a single pharmaceutical company on the black community 

Nationalism as a Threat to Public Health: How the United States Government has Manipulated the COVID-19 Pandemic to Further Inhumane Treatment of Migrants

Written by Cameryn Peknik With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus across the United States, there was little shock when the US government announced that airports would be closed, and travel bans would soon take effect. But this was not true for everyone. Between March and June of 2020, the Trump administration oversaw over … Continue reading Nationalism as a Threat to Public Health: How the United States Government has Manipulated the COVID-19 Pandemic to Further Inhumane Treatment of Migrants

The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

Written by Cecilia Rogers  This year, on the list of clinical trials for the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) is Moderna’s trial for an experimental HIV vaccine. The novel vaccine, like their COVID-19 vaccine, is an mRNA vaccine. This new technology could help stimulate an immune response in order to battle HIV/AIDS. Theoretically, … Continue reading The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

Rural Education During COVID-19: How are Educators Supporting their Students

Written by Olivia Young When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the world stopped. The need for education, however, did not—challenging rural educators to respond. According to the 2010 U.S. census, nearly 60 million people live in a rural area. A rural area is defined as “any population, housing, or territory NOT in an urban area,” where … Continue reading Rural Education During COVID-19: How are Educators Supporting their Students

Issues in Science Communication and How to Overcome Them

Written by Ria Parikh & Catherine Xu Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have developed a dependency on the health and science news section to communicate the progress of the pandemic, resulting in an abundance of health related topics in the breaking news. However, this abundance of stories doesn’t necessarily equate to accuracy, … Continue reading Issues in Science Communication and How to Overcome Them

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