Edition 30 - Social Justice

Edition 30, Social Justice

Edition 30 is dedicated to social justice and inequity. Systemic racism has contributed to mental health issues, health inequity, racialized segregation, forced normalization, structural colourism, inequitable distribution of resources, disparities in incarceration, racism in research, housing and homelessness, and underrepresentation of minorities, among other issues. This edition is a compilation of the challenges that have manifested in our communities as a result of racial inequities. HPHR spotlights these issues across the spectrum, with a series of articles aimed in dismantling racial bias in the hopes of discontinuing the propagation of behaviors that contribute to these inequities.


Catherine Tsasis, Associate Editor, HPHR

All Doctors Should Be Social Activists By Sofia Weiss Goitiandia and Izzy Edwards Citation Goitiandia S, Edwards I. All doctors should be

Structural Inequality (SI) and Underdevelopment of Public Health Conditions: The Experiences of Oromo People in Ethiopia By Begna Dugassa, PhD Citation Dugassa

Fortification and Expansion of the DACA Program: A Public Health Imperative By Dr. Cullen Truett, DO Citation Truett C. Fortification and expansion

Geographic Differences in Access to HIV Prevention Services and Care Among Sexual Minority Men in Puerto Rico By Juan Pablo Zapata, MS;

An Economic Analysis of Refugee Health Policy and a Structural Comparison of the Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative with Colorado, Kentucky, and Minnesota

Stigma and Its Impact on Harm Reduction Approaches in Addiction: The Case for Opioid Substitution By Karen TY Tang Citation Tang K.

Africa Preparedness to Discover COVID-19 Vaccine: Current State and Controversy By Abdullahi Tunde Aborode; Oluwatosin A. Olofinsao; Ekwebelem Osmond; Abiokpoyanam P. Batubo;

Reevaluating the Dream of School Integration By Alexandra Lee Gugliuzza Citation Gugliuzza A. Reevaluating the dream of school integration. HPHR. 2021;30. DOI:10.54111/0001/DD8

Addressing Structural Racism in Housing to Advance Racial Health Equity By Julia A. Healey Citation Healey J. Addressing structural racism in housing

Thinking Beyond Purpose-Built Communities: A Vision to Create Structural Change for Housing in the United States By Kate S. Meyer, MPH Citation

Structural Racism as a Determinant of Black Mental Health: Looking Back to Move Forward By Lindsay Kephart Citation Kephart L. Structural racism

Purpose Built Communities to Promote Health Equity and Address the Impacts of Racialized Residential Segregation By Veronica L. Handunge Citation Handunge V.

Community Health Assessment of Muslim Women at an East Harlem Islamic Center By Farhana Begum, Brittany Dodson, MSPH, and Anitha Srinivasan, MD

An Invisible Public Health Crisis: The Forced Normalization of Intersex People By Dr. Candice Carpenter, Khaya Makhubu, MBA; Lee Moche, MBA, MS

Structural Colorism: Illuminating the Shadow of Structural Racism and its Malcontents By Dr. Candice Carpenter Citation Carpenter C. Structural colorism: Illuminating the

Ensuring Equitable Vaccine Distribution for COVID-19 in Wake County, North Carolina By Paige Bennett, Lauren M. Brown, Lechelle Wilson Wardell, Marina Smelyanskaya

Remembering the “Who” and the “How” When Working with Tribal Communities​ By Michele Sky Lee, Arden Day, Carolyn Camplain, Natalie Papini, Melinda

Why Social Media Giants’ Attempts to Cure the Infodemic May Be Yet Another Detriment to Black Americans in the Fight Against COVID-19

The War on Drugs & Racial Health Disparities in Incarceration By Kate Orlin, RN, CARN Citation Orlin K. The war on drugs

The Role of Public Health in the Rule of Law: The Cautionary Tale of Title 42 Expulsions By Sarah J. Diaz, JD,

Defunding the Social Production of Ignorance: Addressing Racism in Research Begins with Funders By Griffin Jones Citation Jones G. Defunding the social

Hiding in Plain Sight: Public Health, Eugenics, and COVID-19 By Laura I Appleman Citation Appleman L. Hiding in plain sight: public health, eugenics,

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Addressing Homelessness in Healthcare By Daniel Park, Pranay Bonagiri, Nicole Lee Citation Park D, Bonagiri P, Lee N.

COVID-19 and the Code: Revisiting the Philippine Experience By Kenneth Jim Joseph Jimeno Citation Jimeno K. COVID-19 and the code: revisiting the

“Stay home … Well, suppose you don’t got a home?”: The Public Health Challenges of Housing the Homeless During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Case for Universal Basic Income as a Tool for Racial Justice By Sana Farooqui Citation Farooqui S. The case for universal

Ending the Opioid Crisis in Five Years By Kelly O’Connor Citation O’Connor K. Ending the opioid crisis in five years. HPHR. 2021;

Public Trust in Public Health: The Crisis of Confidence and its Consequences By Eskira Kahsay Citation Kahsay E. Public trust in public

Medical Malpractice Reform and Its Impact on Lawsuits and Damages Payments By D. Daniel Sokol, JD, MSt., LLM; Vivek Ghosal;; and Guanming

‘We Are Only as Safe as Our Most Vulnerable Citizens’: Healthcare Systems’ Role in Reducing Exacerbating Social and Economic Inequities Before, During,

Short of a full-time correctional medicine attending, very few clinicians have been trained in the care of formerly incarcerated persons.

Patients receiving public health insurance benefits receive lower-quality, less-reliable care compared to patients with private insurance benefits. T

The prevalence of uterine fibroids is especially high in the U.S., but it is important to note that among the women impacted, 70-90% are African American.

An ironic shift in residency is occurring in metropolitan areas across the country such as the Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its unequal impact on marginalized communities elucidate the complexity of health disparities.