Author: Megan Carlson

I’m a graduate journalism student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Before this, I was a professional do-gooder and previously worked– in both research and direct service– to improve healthcare, criminal justice, education and women’s empowerment. These are the issues for which I am passionate and continue to write/speak/rant/tweet about today.

You are what you eat: One Book One Northwestern panel examines food security and health outcomes

The term “healthcare” often evokes the images of hospitals, doctors, nurses, white coats, test tubes and stethoscopes, but rarely does “food security” make the list. Yet hunger– the result of poor nutritional availability in many impoverished communities– plays a significant role in human development and mortality across the globe. “The whole healthcare system focuses on

Feinberg students celebrate successes during Global Health Day

“The contrast between how we do things in the U.S. and how things are done there is astounding.” Speaking at a break-neck pace that barely contained her enthusiasm, Casey Richardson reverently recounted her 4-week trip to assist training and evaluating traditional birth attendants in rural Mexico, where access to hospital births is often compromised. It

‘Abortion drug’ used to preventing postpartum hemorrhage around the globe

Doctors are working to deliver misoprostol— known as the “abortion drug”– to women in developing countries to prevent thousands of deaths due to postpartum hemorrhaging. “We have the answers. This is not a complex question… We know how to get women, in most cases, to have a healthy delivery,” said Stacie Geller, professor in the