How can students from diverse majors such as engineering, architecture, or Middle Eastern studies find ways to contribute to public health? Where does a public health major fit into an increasingly technological world? And what can these students learn from each other to build a better future for all of us and discover more about themselves? With these questions and more in the minds of its co-creators and participants, the Fung Fellowship launched this fall on its own path of self-discovery.
Browsing: Community Health
During his years of fieldwork among indigenous Mexican migrant farmworkers, physician and anthropologist Seth Holmes encountered comments like these again and again from farm managers and other farm workers. Some, including medical professionals he interviewed, would even claim that the indigenous workers’ genes made them better suited to their backbreaking work.
How do you know if someone is your neighbor? The friend in the apartment down the hall who waters your plants while you’re on vacation is definitely your neighbor. And unfortunately, so is the man next door with the dog that barks at three in the morning. But what about the family having that garage sale five blocks away? Or the woman in front of you in the pharmacy line at the drug store a half mile from your house?
The consequences of social stigma can be physically harmful, and even deadly. People who are shunned by our society—due to homelessness, drug use, non-conforming gender identity, or other attributes—generally have much poorer health and higher death rates than those in the mainstream. They may be at increased risk of HIV infection, be more likely to have experienced violence, or suffer from severe mental health problems, for example.
As a young teacher in Watts, Jonathan Malagon learned to lock down his classroom in case of trouble. There was plenty of it. Malagon sealed the doors when violence erupted on the grounds of Jordan High School or threatened to spill onto campus from neighboring streets.
Throughout our lifetimes, mental health is essential to our overall health. What are the challenges of mental health and cognitive development at different stages of life? How can psychiatric services be made more cost-effective? Current research examines mental health from a variety of perspectives including neurobiology, psychology, and health policy.
Theoretically, adolescents should be among the healthiest age group in the United States and globally. They’ve survived the diseases of…