02.26.19

The air quality crisis in Bogota is an opportunity to rethink urban development

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Image courtesy of Justin Sovich/Creative Commons Last week Bogota, Colombia, experienced an environmental and health crisis: due to air pollution, the city’s authorities activated a code yellow (in some places, even a code orange) and imposed restrictions on the circulation of cars. They explained that the poor air quality was a result of thermal inversions, […]

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02.26.19

Genome editing and CRISPR

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This post was written by Andrés Constantin and Patricio López Turconi. Genome editing and CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a new technique of genome editing that offers the possibility of inserting, removing and correcting DNA with relative simplicity and efficiency. Scientists had already developed the ability to edit the genome by altering its […]

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02.20.19

Congressional Briefing on American Indian Women’s Reproductive Health

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Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) was part of the record-breaking wave of women candidates who won in the 2018 mid-terms. She and Sharice Davids are the first two American Indian women elected to the U.S. Congress. Now that she is in Washington, Rep. Haaland is bringing attention to the devastating reproductive health challenges faced by American Indian […]

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02.19.19

To Leave No One Behind on SDGs, Bring People Now Behind to the Head of the Table

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 Image courtesy of Eduspire. Those of us in the world of global health, or global development more generally, have probably heard it before – again and again: Leave No One Behind. That is a core promise of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals that the Agenda contains. If we are […]

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02.16.19

Social Protection Floors and Health: Challenges for 2030

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Social protection has emerged as one of the key policy instruments to reduce inequality and poverty simultaneously, while also promoting inclusive growth. According to the concept note from the recent Ministerial Forum on Social Protection at the United Nations headquarters in New York -February 12, 2019-, currently, 187 countries have committed to establishing Social Protection […]

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02.11.19

Reality check: Cigarettes are the only reason reduced risk tobacco products are even a thing

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First, a confession. I’m a total public health nerd. I’ve been absolutely captivated by the prevention of disease at a population level since I was introduced to the concept late in college. From the science that drives it to the programs, policies, and laws that either embrace or hinder it and everything in between and […]

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02.06.19

President Says We Can End the HIV Epidemic in 10 Years: What I Hope to See in His Plan

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I had the privilege of serving as President Obama’s first HIV/AIDS Advisor and I led the process of creating our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.  The Strategy was a five-year plan that was updated in 2015. Yesterday, President Trump acknowledged our country’s great strides and said that his budget will commit the […]

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02.03.19

The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine

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Image courtesy of O Tempo Brazil is recovering from one of the biggest environmental and human tragedies the country has ever gone through. Someone reading this blog post two weeks ago would have probably guessed that it referred to the mining dam collapse in the city of Mariana in 2015. On that occasion the disaster […]

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01.25.19

Develop your skills blending law, science, and policy as a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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At my high school graduation, a friend and I had a short dialogue speaking to our graduating class about where our futures were headed. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked her. She confidently answered, “A horse.” After an awkward moment or two went by, she continued with, “Or at […]

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01.23.19

Living in Fear of News Headlines: The Struggle to Maintain Mental and Emotional Health in Today’s Hostile Social Climate

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I am scheduled to write a post to this blog about once a month. I usually scan through the most recent headlines in public health and health care to write about a timely issue. However, of late I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bleak information in today’s news – spanning from the mildly […]

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