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Designing Spaces Around Diseases

At a TED talk in 2016, Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of MASS design group, described a hospital in Tugela Ferry, South Africa in which a person could walk-in with a broken leg and leave with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis [3]. This hospital became the center of a tuberculosis outbreak. Why? Unventilated…

The State of Abortion Clinics During the Pandemic

Coronavirus has affected the regular functioning of most systems in the United States, including healthcare. Especially in Missouri, accessing healthcare that is not considered essential has been extremely difficult. The debate around abortion access, a time-sensitive and sometimes life-saving treatment, was accentuated during the pandemic.Some states, such as Mississippi and Alabama, have closed down abortion…

Preventing Another Pandemic Means Protecting the Planet

The following piece was written as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. Climate change and environmental degradation is a public health crisis.  While we are stuck navigating the immediate tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been little attention to the impact habitat destruction and climate…

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