Tagged public health

A Call for Correctional Healthcare Reform

Incarcerated people are the only people who are constitutionally guaranteed primary healthcare (1). It was determined that a failure to provide proper medical care to inmates violates the eight amendment. Yet, incarcerated and non-incarcerated population have among the most stark health disparities.  According to a 2017 Bureau of Justice statistics, more than half of state…

Starting Today

After graduating from WashU, I entered an MD/PhD program. As most students who decide on this path, I was excited and eager. With strong academic achievements and even stronger hopes and dreams, nothing could stand in my way. Yet, in only three years, I have witnessed multiple students (some with better grades and bigger dreams)…

Pre-Existing Conditions: Another Possible Change in American Healthcare?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Otherwise known as Obamacare) is one of the most integral pieces of health policy crafted in recent American history. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 Million Americans, or about 10 percent of the United States’ population, have received healthcare coverage through a series of consumer…

Mental Health: An Infectious Disease of Poverty

Socioeconomic status has long been considered as a potential explanation for discrepancies in professional expectations, lifestyle trends, and mental and physical health in America. The relationship between household income and mental disorders has been especially thoroughly examined. Numerous longitudinal studies over the years have consistently found a damningly strong correlation between the two variables. In…

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