The Albanese government has promised a centre for disease control. Its main focus has to be health equity for disadvantaged groups.
Prejudice and stigma can discourage the communities most affected by infectious diseases from seeking care. Inclusive public health messaging can prevent misinformation and guide the most vulnerable.
Systemic social issues affect vaccine access and acceptability. Yet, the term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ overlooks this, reducing the multiple factors that affect vaccine uptake to individual-level choices.
Children and youth in care are more likely to have experienced trauma that can affect future health. A comprehensive, trauma-informed health strategy for these children and youth is long overdue.
Appalachia has one of the highest rates of oral health problems per person in the US.
Overcoming the access barriers and biases that underrepresented and underserved communities face could not only improve research participation but also improve care.
During spring and summer, as more people consider exercising outdoors, a trauma- and violence-informed approach to physical activity can help ensure equity, inclusion, safety and access.
For people who struggle to meet their basic needs, it will take a lot more than simple psychological exercises to flourish. It will take systemic change.
People living in poverty or disadvantage are three times more likely to die from COVID than the wealthy.
On the surface, sober months like Dry January and Dry February are great. But we need to broaden the discussion around how privilege and policy impact one’s relationship with alcohol and other drugs.
Governance structures that provide opportunities for people to contribute to decision-making would also enhance people’s abilities to control important factors in their life.
Addressing racial and ethnic health gaps is becoming even more important as the US population continues its shift toward a minority-majority nation.
Vaccines and medical treatments can only go so far in an unequal society. Facing the ongoing history of racial discrimination and bias in the US would help end the pandemic.
Black American women have disproportionate HIV infection rates – in part because of systemic and structural racism in the health care system.
Canada’s largely private dental care system exacerbates inequalities and is a barrier to integrating oral health with general health.
People who haven’t gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 often have complex reasons for their relunctance or may face other barriers. Lumping them all together undercuts the vaccination campaign.
Patients shouldn’t be treated better simply because they can afford to pay more.
Medical innovations paired with innovative programs to get them to Black, Indigenous and Hispanic Americans can help close the health inequality gap.
While the pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how to prevent infectious disease, many of the lessons learned from COVID-19 prevention can also be applied to chronic disease prevention.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased risk factors for violence, but also simultaneously decreased resiliency for individuals as well as communities.