Health and Society

Carrying the Elephant: Continuing Haiti’s Health Policy Agenda during a Lame Duck Period

Haiti is often characterized as the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere with the lowest health indicators.  While one cannot deny where Haiti falls in terms of ranking as compared to other nations in the region,  these rankings fail to speak about progress made and being made at the ground level that are increasing access to and the quality of the health services Haitians receive through the public health system. 

Over the past 16 years, this progress has resulted in improvements to public health, such as:

Expert Advice and Noncommunicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the world of global public health, there is considerable tension over what kind of diseases should take priority in the allotment of scarce resources.  Roughly speaking, the main division is infectious versus noncommunicable diseases, and there exists further debate within each of these categories.   A perfect example is the evaluation of the World Health Organization’s handling (or bungling) of the west African Ebola epidemic of 2014.  Many critics laid blame for the WHO’s slow and uncoor

Venezuela's Malignant Health Care Crisis

April 26, 2016

Venezuela has long been labeled the rebel in Latin America, holding on to a socialist identity since Hugo Chávez first brought his social revolution to fruition in the country. Part of this social revolution was providing poor Venezuelans with social services, namely health care. Though a popular idea, Venezuela has never truly been able to maintain the necessary resources and services to create an effective health care system. As a result, tens of thousands of citizens lack access to health care, medicine, and life-saving treatments.

Hispanic Heritage Month Talk: Public Health

October 4, 2016

On September 24, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh’s medical school, doctors Patricia Documét and Diego Chaves-Gnecco gave updates on their projects that focus on Latino health care in the Pittsburgh region. Documét, MD, DrPH, is involved with Latino Engagement Group for Salud (LEGS), and much of her work includes community health workers, or “promotores” in Spanish.

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