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The Health Equity Legacy of Medicare and Medicaid

Author: Pharis Sasa, MSIII Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, 2021-2022 REACH Chair The history and continued impact of Medicare and Medicaid Fifty-six years ago today, then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. These two pieces of legislation are rightly remembered as the most consequential reforms to the American way of...

The Labyrinth of Isolation: The Compounding Impact of the Pandemic on African American/ Black Mental Health

By: Josephine Akingbulu, BA, MPH, Jamar Stevenson, BA, Kaosoluchi Enendu, BS This post is one of a series of mental health pieces from the AMSA WSL Committee. Approximately 42 million people in the United States of America identify as Black. That is about 13.2% of the total population which is comprised of African American, as...

Supporting Medical Students Enduring Racial Trauma

Author: Kelsey Brown, Medical Student at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University This post is one of a series of mental health pieces from the AMSA WSL Committee   Black people in America are experiencing trauma: physical, mental, emotional and vicarious trauma. The trauma stems from the rampant racial discrimination that Black people...

Immigrant Health, Detention, and COVID-19

AMSA recently hosted a panel discussing immigrant health rights, detention, and COVID-19.  A transcript of the discussion is below. It has been lightly edited for length and readability.  Panel Moderator: Ashi Arora, REACH Chair Panel Members Rose Murray, Direct Services Attorney, Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative  Dr. Ian Kim, Doctors for Camp Closure Dr. Asim Shah ...