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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.

Doulas and Midwives of Color Are The Key to Reproductive and Birth Justice

By: Patricia Valoy | Contributing Editor for Science and Social Justice

Last year I quit my job, lost my steady source of income, lost my health insurance, and learned I was pregnant all in the course of 2 weeks. I am college educated, a professional, 30 years old, and with a wealth of resources at my disposal from many years of feminist activism, yet I found myself terrified of what lay ahead of me, and wondering how I got myself in such a situation. I could no longer go to the ob-gyn who had been my doctor for 10 years, and the only local doctor that accepted Medicaid (the only health insurance I could get without any income) was severely overworked and lacked the most basic of equipment. My first two appointments I waited for over 4 hours, and on one occasion the sonogram machine was not working. I grew up poor in New York City and very familiar with the severe lack of health infrastructure that affects the most vulnerable, but the thought of not having adequate health care during my first pregnancy terrified me. (more…)

Life, Love and Death in Port au Prince

“Alina” is an excerpt from Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port au Prince, an immersive and engrossing oral history collection edited by Peter Orner and Evan Lyon How we live in relationship with others when practicing global health is … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

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