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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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 200 flights carrying migrants from the US to other countries … 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