Category Archive: Equity

Disposition of a statue

December 14, 2018 The statement below reflects my personal opinions and does not represent the position of the Gillings School of Global Public Health or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is longer than most of my Monday Morning posts – the topic is complex. First, I… Read More

Human Rights Day 2018

Human rights are a public health issue I was reminded recently that today, December 10, is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The person bringing it to my attention was Benjamin Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, adjunct professor of health policy and management in the Gillings School and… Read More

Transgender is not a binary issue

Why does the administration want to make it one? After I finished my MPH program, I worked in Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine for two years. Wayne State was a center of excellence for people seeking sex reassignment surgery. I audited a fascinating course on issues around transgender surgery, taught by a physician… Read More

I voted. Hope you will too.

Early voting must stay I voted early. That way, whatever happens, it’s done. I cannot imagine not voting. It’s not something we should take for granted, especially as the world is experiencing a drift from democratic principles. Whoever you vote for, please vote. Some people say they didn’t vote in an election because there were no good candidates to choose from or the… Read More

Authentic conversations about adverse childhood experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – defined as abuse, neglect and family/household challenges experienced during the first 18 years of life — are not evenly distributed among populations. Members of minority groups and children who grow up in poverty have more of them. ACEs can cast long shadows over lives and… Read More