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

COVID-19 and the Prison Industrial Complex

Written by Rohan Ravirala Nine months after COVID-19 first arrived in the United States in February 2020, the government has yet to admit its failures when handling a national health crisis. As the virus continues to sweep through states and disproportionately impact marginalized communities, both Congress and the Trump administration are reluctant to enact meaningful legislation that adequately protects unemployed Americans and undocumented immigrants. While … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Prison Industrial Complex

The Right to Health Must Guide Covid-19 Criminal Justice Response and Reform

Written by Nikky Soni While the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every human  being, the adverse effects of correctional facilities on incarcerated individuals’ physical and  mental health is often ignored. The American mass incarceration system remains a politically neglected reality, rooted in slavery, that systemically reinforces race and class-based structural  inequalities. Where carceral systems already exacerbate health inequity, Covid-19 has  … Continue reading The Right to Health Must Guide Covid-19 Criminal Justice Response and Reform

Continued Discrimination of the Disabled in Healthcare

Written by Jhanvi Desai Designed by Antoinette Fang Peyton, a forty-five-year-old female with cerebral palsy, had an appointment at a clinic one morning. The appointment would normally have been simple, but for Peyton it wasn’t. She had to wait four hours to see her healthcare provider at an upper level of the building because the clinic had neither an elevator nor a wheelchair lift. Eventually, … Continue reading Continued Discrimination of the Disabled in Healthcare

Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter: Saving Lives in 2020

By: Molly Hayes In early March of 2020, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) changed nearly every aspect of life across the globe. States closed non-essential businesses; masks and social distancing became the norm. Despite the horrors of COVID-19, many people refused to abide by these precautions and continued to eat out, have parties, and attend large gatherings. By May and June, entire states began reopening in clear … Continue reading Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter: Saving Lives in 2020

Seattle’s Most Susceptible: Unique Challenges for the Homeless Population

In March, when coronavirus swept through the United States, each state began to implement a “stay-at-home” order. But what about the unhoused population? Homelessness is not foreign to the US. In 2019, a White House executive summary reported that 0.2% of the US population (17 in 100,000 people) experience homelessness every night.  The CDC states, “People who are homeless are a particularly vulnerable group” due … Continue reading Seattle’s Most Susceptible: Unique Challenges for the Homeless Population

How Systemic Racism has Led to Deteriorating Black Health in Columbus, Ohio

Written By: Isha Lodhawala and Emma Bolkovac The year 2020 is undoubtedly going down in history as one of the most tragic and uncertain times for not just America but the entire world. As the COVID-19 pandemic causes chaos and the Black Lives Matter protests highlight the injustices sought by Black people, a new light has been shone on human rights issues, especially in the … Continue reading How Systemic Racism has Led to Deteriorating Black Health in Columbus, Ohio