McCormack Speaks

September 27, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

McCormack Center Director Delivers Keynote Paper at a Global Conference in Britain

Professor Adenrele Awotona, director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters, delivered an invited keynote paper at the “International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies” in London.

Awotona’s paper, titled “Slums of Despair, Global Disasters and Public Health,” examined the complex connections among people’s vulnerabilities to disasters, the ubiquity of slums, and the resilience of their plentiful dwellers globally, and public health.

He noted, “In spite of the various actions that have been taken by national governments and multilateral aid agencies to reduce the risk of disasters and their social, economic, and environmental impacts on slums, more far-reaching work still needs to be done, urgently. This is because the growth and persistence of slums in developing countries threaten public health and the national security of the United States.” Read more.

May 1, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Healthcare vs Health

by Rodrigo Monterrey, McCormack MPA Student

StethescopeMost Americans agree, regardless of their views on Obamacare, that good health is critical to their well-being. A Gallup poll shows an overwhelming majority of people in the United States (84%), when asked how important healthcare is, responded “very” or “extremely”.

But health and healthcare are two different things. Having healthcare does not mean you will not get sick—and not having it does not mean you will. In fact, while the United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation, our health rankings keep slipping downward – currently 38th in World Health Organization (WHO) findings. Could our efforts, in some way, be making things worse?

Genetics, biology—these only explain individual health risk factors. It is the reason doctors ask about a family history to know what to monitor. However, they do not explain the disparities in health we see between entire segments of the U.S. population. Continue Reading →

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