Sociocultural Perspectives

Rural Inequities in Care: Reducing Stigma and Providing Access for All

It has been over 40 years since the Alma-Ata Declaration defined the concept of primary healthcare and brought international awareness to the extreme health inequities that permeate the globe. Unfortunately, the declaration’s ambitious goal of healthcare for all by 2000 was not met as intended [3]. Nonetheless, there still exist promising implementations of primary healthcare…

Racial and Socioeconomic Identity and their Influence on Health

Throughout history, one of the most marginalized groups of America’s population has been the poor. Those who belong to a lower socioeconomic group ultimately bear the brunt of widespread disease. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, it is imperative—now more than ever—to evaluate and act on the long-standing factor of income in our…

End-Of-Life Decision Making: The Pandemic’s Reminder of Healthcare Inequality

Old warehouses transformed into emergency makeshift morgues highlight just how enormous the COVID-19 death toll proved to be. With funeral homes unable to take in infected corpses, hospital halls lined with body bags and burial services on hold, mourning remains suspended for families who lost loved ones. Death and dying became an imminent threat rather…

Back to the Basics

Tumor. Cancer. Surgery. Disorder. Disease. Treatment. Doctors have the responsibility to tell their patients “bad news” all the time. The “news” is not some abstract story that can be simply watched out of boredom or skimmed over with glazed eyes. The “news” is about one’s future of living or dying. Far more difficult to swallow…

We Need More Than Pills; We Need People: Mental Health in St. Louis

Mental health encompasses more than just clinically diagnosed conditions that don long, scientific titles. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health is an umbrella term used to characterize any “condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood” (1). Mental health struggles can present in drastically different fashions for different populations. For…

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