Sociocultural

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…

COVID-19 Impact on Children and Adolescents

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most shared experiences has been one of isolation, quarantine, and social distancing. But how much of this experience can we truly say is shared? During an era that requires skillsets of rapid adaptation and resilience, the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented a monumental challenge…

COVID-19’s mRNA Vaccines: How They Work and How They are Modernizing the Field of Vaccine Research

With its first case reported in December 2019 and over 110 million cases and 2.5 million deaths officially reported worldwide, COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 [3]. In an attempt to flatten the curve, countries have severely restricted travel, closed down businesses and schools and instituted a mask policy when…

How Can We Promote Preventative Care to The Underserved?

With cancer as the second leading cause of death, bureaucratic and financial support for preventative care is needed now, more than ever. Indeed, an estimated 42% of cancers are preventable; however, underserved communities are characterized by “inadequate access to, or reduced utilization of, high quality cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and/or rehabilitation services”…

Politicization and Polarization of COVID-19

“You stay completely apolitical and non-ideological. I’m a scientist and I’m a physician. And that’s it.”  Anthony Fauci, the scientist-turned-public health activist who has run the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 36 years, shared his wisdom on how to function in a highly politicized and polarized nation. Fauci has worked…

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