Tagged St. Louis

COVID-19 in 2021: Hope is Rising

More than 3,000. More than 12,000. More than 700,000. More than 4.55 million. These numbers have been growing like an eternally ticking clock except instead of marking the passage of time, they mark each life that was lost to COVID-19 in St. Louis, in Missouri, in the United States and worldwide. The virus does not discriminate,…

The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on Black and African American Communities in St. Louis

The “Delmar Divide,” a recognizable term for many of us, refers to “Delmar Boulevard as a socioeconomic and racial dividing line in St. Louis, Missouri” [10]. Crossing from north of Delmar Boulevard to the south reveals significant socioeconomic and racial segregations where the population goes from over 98% African American to over 70% white, the median income increases by…

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…

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…

Expanding Public Transit in St. Louis

Tucked away in the center of a country renowned for its capacity to thrive and develop, lies a metropolitan region vastly recognized for its inability to do just that. A calamity has befallen the residents of North Saint Louis, where more than one in four individuals live under the poverty line. In fact, the economic…

A Spotlight on The SPOT

Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens, more commonly known as The SPOT, is a drop-in clinic located at the Washington University School of Medicine campus and Jennings High School. They offer free services to youth aged 13 to 25 for check-ups, mental health counseling, STD/HIV testing, prevention health care, wellness education, and other services. The SPOT…

The Emergence of Modern Humoralism

Upon first glance at the United States’ medical system, one may find a health care industry dominated by pharmaceutical companies and full of physicians obsessed with prescription medications. Furthermore, it is generalized that the market is merely focused on money, efficiency and the quickest alleviation of symptoms, without concern for each individual and the underlying…

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