Social Determinants of Health

Moving beyond medicine: Using the social determinants of health to address public health disparities

Author’s note: This is the first post in a series in which I’ll write about international public health disparities and societal factors contributing to public health. In these posts, I’ll delve into my journey into the field of public health, specifically focusing on eye care/visual impairments in underprivileged communities, while describing my experiences along the way. Although the traditional approach…

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Public Health

Addressing another outbreak of Ebola in the DRC—what needs to be done?

Ebola. Just three days ago, an outbreak of this virulent infection was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic started in West Africa and has since resulted in the deaths of millions. Saying that progress is desperately needed is by far an understatement. Yet, from a policy-centered standpoint, it remains unclear exactly how we will…

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