Category: Chicago

On the Brink of Eradication: The Polio Epidemic

Polio is a highly infectious and crippling disease that primarily infects children. The poliovirus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis within hours. Perhaps the most devastating nature of the disease is that it is completely preventable, yet twenty-five years after the polio vaccine was assembled, only seventy-five percent of the world has access

Simplicity is Key to America’s Healthcare Dilemma

What if the answer to America’s ongoing healthcare debate is as simple as changing our habits? As a study abroad student in France, the questions that I am most frequently asked by my friends and family back home invariably relate to food. What are the crêpes like? Do you drink a lot of wine? What

Climate change means health risks, NU lecturer says

For the people who think that climate change doesn’t affect them — or won’t in the future — Dr. Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD has some statistics to the contrary. Following some choice events in 2005, Dr. Lovinger added “climate change and public health” expert to her resume. She is an adjunct lecturer in Climate Change

NU alum “Engage”-ing Chicago with global health

For Northwestern University alumna Christina Cole, graduating with a degree in global health (as well as political science) was not enough—she wanted to continue exploring it. Since last year, Cole has been a part of PIH Engage, an all-volunteer movement from Partners in Health spearheaded by Cole’s fellow alum and PIH’s community engagement coordinator, Jon

Illinois sparking a refugee health care revolution

(BY: JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY & KIRSTIN FAWCETT VIA MEDILL REPORTS – CHICAGO) A movement spreading across Illinois is creating a health care revolution for refugees from countries including Burma, Bhutan and Iraq. For them, a health care safety net is forming in small towns and big cities, alike, where health professionals with a passion for improving