Read, Watch, Listen: Human Rights Today

The Student Advisory Council at the Center for Human Rights, Gender & Migration has developed links for you to look at, read & listen to on center topics.

How Homesharing Provides Benefits During The Pandemic

Content provided by Odd Couples Housing The idea of homesharing has been around for years. Around the country, various formal and informal networks for finding tenants, short-term borders, or roommates have surfaced. Instead of finding roommates through word-of-mouth or college campus flyers, now there are structured options to support homesharing, including a few options in […]

Why older people are among the first to get the vaccine

By Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD, the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School of Social Work and director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging On December 8, 2020, the first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine went into the arm of a 90-year-old woman, Margaret Keenan, with the second delivered to an 81-year-old […]

APHA climate change resources

The American Public Health Association says “The science is clear: climate change is a serious threat to human health.” They offer a number of resources on this important topic on the Climate Change section of their website, available here. They also created this infographic outlining some of the key takeaways surrounding this issue:

2020 Global Health Week: An amazing virtual success

Written by Global Health Student Advisory Committee Members, Rama Balasubramaniam, McKelvey School of Engineering; Blake Sells, School of Medicine; and Hailey Spaeth, Arts & Sciences The Global Health Center, its Global Health Student Advisory Committee (GHSAC), the Women in Global Health- Midwest Chapter and all seven WashU schools — Arts & Sciences, Brown School, McKelvey […]

New Retirement Includes Purpose as Well as Leisure

Friedman Center for Aging “Your Next Move” Seminar Summary Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health Being in my early 50’s and thinking about “many years from now” when I’ll retire, (not really; it’s probably coming sooner than we all expect!) I decided to attend the Friedman Center for Aging “Your Next Move” Seminar […]

Collaborator Spotlight! Marcela French

Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration MARCELA FRENCH Data Services CoordinatorThe Women’s Safe House Meet Ms. Marcela French, a bilingual advocate working to empower women and their families who have suffered from domestic violence and human trafficking. Ms. French currently works at The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis, which continues to offer shelter […]

COVID-19 and Compounding Losses

by Barbara L. Finch, MLA, Alumna, Washington University in St. Louis The older adults I know are scared. In the independent living retirement community where I live, eight months of isolation because of Covid-19 is beginning to take its toll.  While we are no longer “locked down” like we were during the first few months of […]

Celebrating global health mentors and mentees

Written by Jeanie Bryant, coordinator for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health The Global Health Mentoring Program has successfully expanded networks and increased opportunities to learn about global health this past year. The fall meeting on October 15, 2020, was no exception. The keynote was presented by Carlos-Andres Gallegos-Riofrío, PhD, a […]

Institute supports new lab

The Institute for Public Health is supporting WashU’s new Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) as an institutional partner by helping fund its Black Girlhood Studies Lab. According to the lab’s webpage: “The Black Girlhood Studies Lab examines the lives of Black girls historically and ethnographically in community-centered ways. Black girlhood […]

Planting roots and expanding horizons

Forging a Path in the Field of Global Health Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in medical anthropology; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program– Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track This summer I had the invaluable opportunity to participate in WashU’s Summer Research Program in the Public and Global Health […]

Aging: Something we all experience and should not be afraid of

Written by Mason Basler, BS candidate in biochemistry, Rockhurst University; participant in the  Summer Research Program,- Aging and Neurological Diseases Track During the online summer internship in aging and neurological conditions, I attended an online presentation given by Brian Carpenter, PhD, who is a professor and researcher of psychological and brain sciences. During this presentation, […]

Music to my ears: Learning on Zoom

Written by Sophia Tu, BS candidate at Saint Louis University; participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program- Aging and Neurological Diseases Track I was sitting in front of my computer screen with the volume turned up, listening intently as the words coming through the speakers gave me goosebumps. Some nights I would catch […]

Bridging the gap: How purpose-driven research impacts everyday lives

Written by Lindsey Debosik, B.S. candidate in Public Health and Health Management at Saint Louis University and participant in the 2020 Institute of Public Health Summer Research Program For the longest time, I did not understand the value of research to society or to oppressed individuals within that society. As a public health student, I […]

Exploring a human-centric field in our remote society

By Kyla Kikkawa, B.A. Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis Participant, Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program, Aging and Neurological Diseases Track As we concluded our virtual program, each of us were shown versions of our “older selves” created by a digital application, which would have been printed on our name placards had we […]

Neurological diseases: The more I know, the more I want to know

Written by Josie Wright, BA candidate in psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program- Aging and Neurological Diseases Track The virtual Summer Research Program in Aging and Neurological Diseases was an amazing experience. I loved learning about everything we discussed throughout the program. I was especially […]

How a transformative summer research opportunity in brain aging changed my outlook on life

Written by Paresa Chowdhury, BS candidate in psychology at Loyola University Chicago; participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program– Aging and Neurological Diseases Track When the COVID-19 crisis struck our country, everything felt uncertain. I could only hope that things would take a turn for the best, whichever way they go. Luckily, […]

Zooming and aging: Empirical research in the time of COVID

Written by Nahom Zewde, BA candidate at Earlham College, Indiana; participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program– Aging and Neurological Diseases Track I am currently a pre-medical student at Earlham College, studying Biochemistry and Mathematics. Alongside my academics, I am involved in many volunteering activities, at a skilled nursing facility and a […]

Best of a bad situation: Discovering new interests and learning new skills

Written by Mateo Blair, B.A. candidate in Biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The Covid-19 pandemic has made the past couple of months hectic. before I got news that it would be entirely virtual this summer, the Summer Research Program – Aging […]

Reflection: COVID-19 exacerbates ageism in our society

by Danielle Friz, BSN Candidate, ’21, University of Missouri – St. Louis; participant Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program- Aging and Neurological Diseases Track In a seminar led by Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for­­ Aging, I was very interested to learn about how ageism has played such a […]

Interpreting Alzheimer’s Disease through both a personal and educational lens

Written by Aja Jones, B.A. candidate in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program In an online seminar for the summer program’s Aging and Neurological Diseases Track with Matthew Wynn, a graduate student focusing on Geropsychology, I was able to […]

Antibiotics: The good, the bad and the ugly

Written by Lauren Jennings, B.S. candidate at the University of Kansas & SPRITE Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program  The topic of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance has become a key buzzword in science, politics, policy and public health. Think back to the last time you had typical cold-like symptoms, an annoying […]

Emergency departments, older adults & coronavirus part two: What older adults need to know about their treatment in emergency departments

Written by Tanner Meyer, Masters Research Fellow in Aging, Class of ‘21, Friedman Center for Aging Embed from Getty Images Recap: At the start of our conversation with Barnes-Jewish Emergency Department Physician, Dr. Chris Carpenter, we asked how emergency departments are working to modify their methods of care to treat older adults. Dr. Carpenter, alongside […]

The power of Zoom

Written by Maya Terry, BA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program In the face of COVID-19, the world has gone virtual. People are working and going to school from their homes. Internships and programs have been canceled or moved online.  The Institute […]

Addressing sexual health in St. Louis

Written by Maya Terry, BA, Washington University in St. Louis; Gold Family Summer Research Scholar for the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track On July 16, 2020, as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track, we […]

A contrasting response to COVID-19: Ireland and the United States

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin & University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The week of March 15th, I packed and unpacked my bags several times as I considered moving back home to Brooklyn. I had just gotten back from a road […]

Sickle cell disease and cognitive development

By Gavi Forman, BA candidate in Political Science at Amherst College; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track I originally matched with Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, a pediatrician and researcher at Washington University in St. Louis after being admitted to the Institute […]

HIV prevention: past and present role in global health

As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other prevalent infectious diseases, their sociopolitical context, and their past and present role in global health. As of 2019, there were about 38 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. […]

HIV prevention: Advances and disparities

Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University& the Colonel Carroll A. Ockert Award Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other […]

Reflection: Public health in St. Louis

Written by Lauren Jennings, BS Candidate, University of Kansas; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  As a rising senior at the University of Kansas, I study Molecular Biology on the premedical track. My experiences working with marginalized groups in my collegiate career paired with my […]

Adapt and respond: The necessity of versatility in public health

 By Samantha Grounds, BSPH nutrition candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track When discussing how her experience living through 9/11 as a law student in New York City altered her work and […]

How physicians can use their privilege to become a patient’s advocate

 Written by Laasya Vallabhaneni, BS neuroscience and cognitive Science at University of Arizona; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track The physician is the ultimate patient advocate, finding themselves at an intersection where they have the power to help a patient outside of […]

Trust and working with communities

Written by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track One idea that has come up over and over during the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program seminars is the idea of developing trust with communities and listening to communities […]

Finding refuge: Sexual violence in forced displacement & COVID-19 implications

Globally, approximately 79.5 million people are currently forcibly displaced and have fled their homes to escape violence, conflict, or persecution. In a recent seminar, Kim Seelinger, JD, Director, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration discussed the roles of the health-sector in supporting survivors of SGBV. Sexual and gender-based violence is a broad term that […]

Perspective: Warning-don’t define us by our age!

Written by Barbara L. Finch, MLA Depending upon where you are in life’s journey, birthdays have a different meanings.  For children and teenagers, they are exciting milestones: ready for school (6), obtain a driver’s license (16), able to vote (18), legally buy a beer (21). Between 21 and 50 there don’t seem to be many […]

Warning: Don’t define us by our age!

Depending upon where you are in life’s journey, birthdays have a different meanings.  For children and teenagers, they are exciting milestones: ready for school (6), obtain a driver’s license (16), able to vote (18), legally buy a beer (21). Between 21 and 50 there don’t seem to be many age-related occasions to celebrate (although when […]

Global cardiovascular disease

Written by Gavi Forman, BA in political science at Amherst College; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects many people in the world every day. A shocking 17.8 million deaths around the globe were attributed to CVD in 2017, demonstrating […]

COVID-19 and war in Bosnia

Written by Adisa Kalkan, MA, project administrator in the Clinical Research Training Center at Washington University in St. Louis I was recently asked by a friend how am I doing with the current COVID-19 situation. My first instinct was to think back to my war experience. I was a teenager when the war in Bosnia […]

Bringing global health home

Often when you hear of global health, you think about medicine and research going on across the world, in remote parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. Rarely do you think about the pressing challenges that your own community faces. But that is exactly what global health is. It is ensuring the well-being and safety […]

Physical activity in Latin America

Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Deborah Salvo, PhD, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Washington University’s Brown School as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track seminar series. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives across the world, many of us may […]

COVID-19: Research advancements at WashU

Written by Emmanuel K. Tetteh, MD, MPH Candidate ’21 Washington University in St. Louis; Stephanie and Chris Doerr Summer Research Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track As COVID-19 cases in the United States and globally continue to rise, there is an urgent need […]

Climate and global mental health

by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Parul Bakhshi, PhD, Assistant Professor/Instructor, Program in Occupational Therapy and Brown School, and Clement Bayetti, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Brown School, spoke about the discourses of climate change and global […]

Trust: A rising public health concern?

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin; University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Trust. It is the essence of formative relationships between people, institutions and societies. In a conversation with Kurt Dirks, PhD, vice chancellor for […]

Racism in the U.S.: Responsibility of the public health sector

Written by Laasya Vallabhaneni, BS candidate in neuroscience and cognitive science at University of Arizona; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  Only by acknowledging the presence of racism ingrained in our system can we bring change for minority populations being disproportionately affected. […]

Down the Road or Across the Pond: Ensuring Successful Work in Communities

Written by Samantha Grounds, BSPH Nutrition candidate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program Tawnya Brown, MSW, Sonia Deal, RN, LNHA, Ericka Hayes, MD, George Kyei, MBChB, PhD, and Krista Milich, PhD, shared their knowledge and experiences surrounding working in communities—both […]