A New Year, A New Needed Perspective

It was 11:30p.m. on August 1st, and I arrived in Colombia as a Fulbright scholar. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I had my K95 mask tightly secured on my face and, behind fogged-up glasses, I read the signs in Spanish directing me to immigration in customs. After years of anticipation, Fulbright…

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A New Year, A New Needed Perspective
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Toward Ground Zero of Zoonoses: Book Review of “Dead Epidemiologists”

On the Origins of the Origins Discourse On May 3, 2020, then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proclaimed, “there is a significant amount of evidence that [COVID-19] came from that laboratory in Wuhan.” ((Borger, J. (2020, May 3). Mike Pompeo: “enormous evidence” coronavirus came from Chinese lab. The Guardian. https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/03/mike-pompeo-donald-trump-coronavirus-chinese-laboratory)) His…

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Navigating the Line Between Discomfort and Uncomfort: Exploring Cultural Immersion

Abstract In any sort of immersive educational experience, growth occurs through gains in self-awareness and perspective. This growth results directly from the discomfort experienced when your personal episteme and culture differ from that of your new environment. This article introduces the term “uncomfort” and describes how discomfort emerges from the…

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Navigating the Line Between Discomfort and Uncomfort: Exploring Cultural Immersion
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Covering All the Bases: Why Comprehensive Sexuality Education Is Imperative to Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

Herpes, syphilis, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea: don’t be mistaken, this is not the sexually transmitted infection (STI) version of the oh-so-popular Pepto Bismol commercial. No, this is just a short list of STIs students in many high school health classes are shown photos of as a scare tactic in an attempt…

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Covering All the Bases: Why Comprehensive Sexuality Education Is Imperative to Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
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Racism in Medicine – What Physicians Can Do

Meet “Mercedes” Mercedes drove two hours to the nearest healthcare clinic to get her first physical exam in ten years. I met Mercedes while shadowing primary care physician Dr. L. In the clinic, Mercedes divulged to me how nervous she had been driving in – she knew what the meeting…

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Racism in Medicine – What Physicians Can Do
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California’s Wildfires Are Worse Than Ever. Again.

To some of us sitting in the comfort of our home, wildfires are a rare occurrence. However, California residents deal with this every year. It is an ongoing struggle for the people who reside in the beautiful state of California and for our ecosystem.  Wildfires in California It is essential…

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California’s Wildfires Are Worse Than Ever. Again.
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Staying Fit for Life

Behavioral habits developed during adolescent years (10-17 years old) are strong indicators of health outcomes and risk for developing chronic disease later in life. Adolescence is a particularly vulnerable time in development because individuals at this age are most sensitive to the influences of their social environments such as school.…

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Staying Fit for Life
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Can Netflix Be Used as a Public Health Intervention?

Netflix is the world’s most popular streaming provider, with more than 165 million hours watched every year worldwide. While most content intends to entertain viewers in the form of scripted series, movies, and reality shows, Netflix also provides a broad offering of documentaries and educational content that encourage learning. In terms…

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Can Netflix Be Used as a Public Health Intervention?
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COVID-19 & Implications for Behavioral Health Providers in Unprecedented Times

Acknowledgments: This piece was written by Kim Hazel of Circle Social Inc, a national marketing and consulting firm for behavioral health that works to provide actionable insights for both patients and providers in order to improve addiction treatment and behavioral health outcomes across the US. An Unprecedented Time There is…

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COVID-19 & Implications for Behavioral Health Providers in Unprecedented Times
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