Tracing the COVID-19 Infodemic

Written by Ricky Illindala Knowledge has the power to save lives. When it comes to preserving one’s health, having access to and understanding health information is vital to making the best health-related decisions. This is the definition of “health literacy”. Health literacy has a short, yet vague, definition that encompasses a wide range of health information and activities. Examples of such activities include accessing health … Continue reading Tracing the COVID-19 Infodemic

Shifting the Narrative: Rapper artist Jason Mills, known as IDK, is striving to change the narrative surrounding music and education

In a recent interview with Dr. Yulin Hswen, IDK challenged norms in education, in fashion, and in what is considered a flex in pop culture. Could IDK’s subtle, but unique visions have ripples through and generate the shift in mindset we have all been waiting for? As he carefully analyzes and executes his next moves, we interview him for Health Righters to learn more about the … Continue reading Shifting the Narrative: Rapper artist Jason Mills, known as IDK, is striving to change the narrative surrounding music and education

Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

Written by Cecilia Rogers One year ago, the United States began to implement lockdown measurements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this past year, everyone across the United States has experienced the hardships of living through this global pandemic; however, certain populations have been disproportionately affected by this disease. But, what has led to the rise of these vulnerable populations? High risk populations are … Continue reading Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Written by Catherine Xu, Dipika Pujara, and Jhanvi Desai On February 8th 2021, the Malacanang spokesman announced that the Covid-19 vaccination plan would kickstart on February 15th, 2021. This announcement should be good news, considering that the Philippines has recently surpassed 500,000 cases, ranking second in southeast Asia for the worst response to the pandemic. Preceding this announcement, the government had only given the range … Continue reading The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Vaccine Distribution: Whose Lives are Being Saved

Written by Olivia Young 118,016,389. That’s the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported worldwide as of March 9, 2021. 2,617,600 of those cases were fatal. These cases continue to increase everyday, but the world is looking towards vaccines as their source of hope. However, access to vaccines is currently locked in bidding wars with wealthy countries leading the pack. Per 100 people, … Continue reading Vaccine Distribution: Whose Lives are Being Saved

Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Written by Varshini Odayar and Ria Parikh A simple Google search for “papers on the COVID-19 vaccine” reveals pages of numerous journal publications in highly-cited journals such as Nature, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine among others. As one may expect, the production of such highly influential scientific knowledge also brings much acclamation and honor for the contributing authors. Such an array of journals … Continue reading Who Has the Power to Cultivate Scientific Knowledge: A Question So Deeply Ignored

Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

Written by Ananya Kodali, Dipika Pujara, Priya Mahableshwarkar On March 3, 2021, Texas’ mask mandate, which had been in place for eight months, was repealed by Governor Greg Abbott. This means that there is no longer a government incentive in place for businesses in Texas to require face coverings on their premises. In the 20 days that followed, Abbott’s decision elicited a mixed reaction from … Continue reading Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

How Do You Start a Revolution?

We spoke to a student organization called Vex Ed India, a social media-based sex education initiative that was created and launched during lockdown. The work done by these student leaders serves as a reminder that activism can be used to foster a sense of community and redirect lockdown-frustration into positive change. Continue reading How Do You Start a Revolution?