An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

Written by Sarah Roberts, Emily Leventhal, Dipika Pujara, & Sai Reddy The Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated a number of pre-existing healthcare crises within the United States, namely the opioid epidemic which has ravaged the country for over two decades. Few places in America have been hit by the opioid epidemic as hard as the state of Ohio—so-called “ground-zero” for this crisis. On top of troubling trends … Continue reading An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

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 an urban area is one that has a population of … Continue reading Rural Education During COVID-19: How are Educators Supporting their Students

Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

Recapping a Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Panel Written by Kira Nagoshi and Hiranya Atreyapurapu Notice for victims of IPV: If you or a loved one is being impacted by intimate partner violence, please do not hesitate to reach out to the following resources. Sourced from the CDC. National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Love is Respect National Teen Dating … Continue reading Intimate Partner Violence, COVID-19, and Technology

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

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

Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

Written by Kira Nagoshi and Akila Muthukumar Introduction Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s hostile immigration rhetoric and harsh family separation policies met a wave of public outrage in 2016-2018 as human rights violations at the U.S.-Mexico border came to light. However, this temporary spike in widespread media coverage of detention centers has dissipated in the last few years despite persistent abuse and mistreatment. Although other … Continue reading Immigrant Detention Facilities and COVID-19

Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

Written by Hansa Doppalapudi With United States citizens on the cusp of experiencing a drastic change as the power of president transfers to President Joseph R. Biden, the most pressing issue of the 2020 election still remains: What is the new president’s plan for healthcare? As promised, President Biden has spent his first few weeks in office signing executive orders to implement his ideas–on his … Continue reading Answering Questions: A Guide to Biden’s Plan for Healthcare

Telemedicine for the Underserved Communities: How Can Doctors Do Better?

Written by Hiranya Atreyapurapu From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent surge in telehealth claims to private insurers — a near 4347% increase — is ensuring that telehealth is slowly becoming more and more mainstream. Telemedicine has the potential to bridge the gap between socioeconomic divide and create more culturally sensitive attitudes towards healthcare for minorities and rural populations. In terms of rural … Continue reading Telemedicine for the Underserved Communities: How Can Doctors Do Better?

Transgender Discrimination in Healthcare: A Reflection of Inadequate Medical Professional Education and Flawed Government Intervention

On June 12, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration issued a “final rule” implementing changes to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which “prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability in certain health programs or activities”. This final rule tapers the efforts of changes made in 2016 by the Obama Administration, as it eliminates … Continue reading Transgender Discrimination in Healthcare: A Reflection of Inadequate Medical Professional Education and Flawed Government Intervention

Building Begampura: Long Live Farmer-Laborer Unity

Written by Harnoor Mann Trigger Warning: This article contains a brief mention of sexual assault in subsection “Caste, Agrarian Transformations, and Liberation Struggles in Rural Punjab.” Kisaan Mazdoor, Ekta Zindabaad On November 26th, 2020 the largest mass strike in history was launched by farmer and laborer trade unions throughout Punjab and Haryana in response to the Indian government passing three agrarian laws. They made their … Continue reading Building Begampura: Long Live Farmer-Laborer Unity