Why Gendered Gyms: Why Have Women’s-Only Fitness Spaces?

Written by Ananya Kodali The first year I went to a commercial gym, I only ever stepped foot on the treadmills. I wasn’t the only one sticking to a single machine; almost every girl I saw in the gym was consistently hustling up the Stairmaster, riding on an exercise bike, or pounding out miles on the treadmill. It was rare for me to see a … Continue reading Why Gendered Gyms: Why Have Women’s-Only Fitness Spaces?

“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 lags, especially in countries where data on the issue is … 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 pandemic  is the lack of access to appropriate mental health … 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 across the lifespan. However, youth can prove to be remarkably … 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 could help curb socioeconomic and racial inequalities in America. “Even … 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 same for myself. A nagging feeling remains in the back … 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 century, and the beginning of their widespread routine administration in … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy: Are the Futures of Our Children Safe?

Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

Written by Anushka Angle & Dipika Pujara For centuries, women have been struggling to fend for their rights regarding voting, jobs, social responsibilities and natural processes such as pregnancy. Up until 1973, the termination of an unwanted pregnancy — except to save the woman’s life — was illegal, but due to the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, women gained the right to have an … Continue reading Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

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 of race. Whether or not this is necessarily true is … 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 it provided (Meier). After years of tense debate on whether … Continue reading The Black Opioid Epidemic: The irreparable impact of a single pharmaceutical company on the black community