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

COVID in Cancer Alley

What is Cancer Alley? This region has become an industrial juggernaut lined with numerous petrochemical and ethylene plants within close proximity of one another that constantly spurt toxic plumes into the skies and ooze hazardous liquids into the nearby river laced with the stench of rotten eggs. There are as many as 30 of these plants within 10 miles of one another. These unfathomably high … Continue reading COVID in Cancer Alley

COVID, Joblessness, and Health: How the COVID-19 Unemployment Spike Affects Patients with Existing Health Conditions

With the sudden spike in unemployment due to COVID-19, millions of Americans found themselves without a job and a steady means of income. Though massive expansion of federal aid for unemployment has managed to stabilize poverty levels, many Americans still face daily struggles to pay rent, buy groceries, and care for their families. Among those most strongly affected by unemployment are patients already dealing with … Continue reading COVID, Joblessness, and Health: How the COVID-19 Unemployment Spike Affects Patients with Existing Health Conditions

COVID-19 Outbreaks among the Incarcerated: Pandemic Exposes Crucial Flaws in Healthcare Systems of U.S. Correctional Facilities

Written by: Nicole Freeman As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American people are facing one of the most significant public health crises in United States history. However, the effects of COVID-19 transcend clinical healthcare, as they threaten to undermine our social, political and economic institutions. Although it is difficult to see beyond the limelight of pain and devastation, the pandemic’s exposure of inherent … Continue reading COVID-19 Outbreaks among the Incarcerated: Pandemic Exposes Crucial Flaws in Healthcare Systems of U.S. Correctional Facilities

Widening Gaps: A Result of COVID’s Discrimination

The Pandemic’s Effect on Education As schools scramble to work toward reopening in the fall, they are faced with many different concerns. Educators and health officials alike are wrestling with the prospects of remote learning or altered in person education as they attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The virus threatens to derail the structure of education as we know it and impact the … Continue reading Widening Gaps: A Result of COVID’s Discrimination