Browsing: Health Equity

0 Neighborhood Health Watch

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?

2 Life in the Margins

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.

1 America’s Health and the ACA

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014.

1 Food Equity and the Food Environment

Berkeley Health asked Barbara Laraia, head of the School of Public Health’s program in public health nutrition, to explain how food and nutrition factor into the health equity equation.

3 Alumna Spotlight: Melanie Tervalon MD, MPH ’84

Dr. Melanie Tervalon is outspoken about being humble. The Oakland pediatrician and community activist wants doctors to loosen the reins of power, become more self-reflective, and do a better job of listening. Too often, even the most well intended physician overlooks the wisdom of true experts in the health care setting—the patients themselves.

1 Student Spotlight: Jonathan Malagon

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.

1 Fresh Perspective: Our Role in a Movement for (Health) Equity

As current students, we were drawn to Berkeley’s history of promoting social change and were motivated by Dean Shortell’s statement that the School of Public Health is “committed to eliminating the health inequities that exist due to social inequalities.”