Tag: Policy

The Morality of Inequality

In the minutes before Dr. David Ansell’s scheduled talk on January 16 at Northwestern University, he begins chatting comfortably with the crowd, asking what year the students are, if they’re from Chicago, and what interest they have in public health. Brought to campus as a member of the Global Health Speaker Series, Dr. Ansell is

An Undergraduate Student’s Reflection on Attending the Fifth Meeting of the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care

During the summer of 2013, I was granted the privilege to work in the office of Dr. Meena Cherian, the Director of the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) Program at the World Health Organization. Through discussing the Program with Dr. Cherian and analyzing the current EESC data, I became enlightened on how surgical care

Applying What We Learn Abroad Back Home

If you’ve spent time in the field of global health, you’ve probably been asked the question, “Why focus your time internationally, when there is so much need here at home?” While it is an interesting and certainly important question, I think it rests on an assumption that is fundamentally flawed. Quite simply, the question creates

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

Can We Craft a Livable Future? – Reflections From the Unite For Sight Conference

Recently, I visited Connecticut for the first time to attend the annual Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University. If you cannot already tell by the title, the conference covered an extremely broad range of topics – maternal and child health, design and architecture, social media and marketing, health policy, photography,