Sociocultural

The Pandemic in Uniform

On March 29, 2020, Capt. Brett Crozier sent an email to three admirals with authority over him and copied it to a handful of Navy captains. Crozier was the skipper commanding the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, deployed in the West Pacific at the time as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. The email detailed the…

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 Pandemic Phenomenon

We are currently in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are faced with an extreme amount of uncertainty. Every day, we hope for the return to normalcy. We wish that life would just return to the way it was. We want this to end. Unless we change the way we interact with the environment,…

Breaking Down the Language Barrier

Going to the hospital is almost always a stressful process—navigating through the labyrinthine hallways, filling out infinite nit-picky forms, processing the medical jargon from test results. And for many Americans, this is all done in their native language—English. But for many others, English is not their most comfortable language. It’s bulky, unfamiliar, haphazard. None of…

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…

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