Global Health

Global Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health, reducing disparities, and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. No one should be denied health education and treatment because of race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status—yet many are.

Single-Payer Or Bust

By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health

Universal government-funded health insurance goes as far back in history as 1883. Developed countries such as Germany, Sweden, Britain and Norway began providing some form of universal health insurance to citizens as early as the 19th century. According to Physicians for a National Health Plan, a single issue organization advocating for a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program, the main reason that these health insurance programs were established was to protect citizens against wage loss during sickness and to win their political favor. Like today, these programs were highly politicized, but back then it was for very different reasons. Even though universal health care is considered a left-wing ideal today, in the 19th century, the conservative British and German working class heavily supported these programs to counter the growth of socialist and labor parties. (more…)

Towards an Age-Friendly World

By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health By 2050, a full 25% of the world’s population will be 65 years old or older and their life expectancies are expected to increase as well. By 2020, the number of older people … Continue reading

The Water Crisis In Flint: If Flint Were a Country…

By Maksim Kokushkin …it would rank at the bottom of the world for urban access to clean water. The preface to current crisis was written in 2013 when the Governor-appointed emergency manager authorized Flint’s switch from a safe water source to a less expensive … Continue reading

Am I Still Human?

By P. Hartsfield P. Hartsfield, currently incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, shares this vivid blow-by-blow first-hand account of his harrowing initiation to Tamms Supermax Prison six years ago. Hartsfield discusses how he continues to suffer from the trauma he experienced … Continue reading

Black Lives Matter – A Call for Empathy

By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health “Tell me what has become of my rights Am I invisible because you ignore me? ….All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.” ~Michael Jackson  “You know when ubuntu … Continue reading

Nurturing Resilience: Doula Care

By Jax Lee Gardner We’ve been at this for eighteen hours now. She’s finally pushing; she’s covered in sweat; she’s been vomiting; she’s completely exhausted; and she’s looking to me during each contraction. And I’m right there with her. I’m … Continue reading