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Ode to Public Health Academy: Urgent Call to Reform and Go Beyond Pretty Words

by Ans Irfan, MD, MPH Racism is a public health issue. Police violence is a public health issue. Social justice is a public health issue. Let us add a qualifying noun such as “structural” or “systematic” to strengthen our “response” to anti-Blackness and racism. Black lives matter. With some wordsmithing, some variation of these lines basically constitutes large chunks of

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COVID-19 Amidst Carceral Contexts: The Overton Window of Political Possibility and Policy Change

by Cynthia Golembeski, MPH; Ans Irfan, MD, MPH; Brie Williams, MD, MS; and Homer Venters, MD, MPH Photographer Ron Levine took the photo of William Howard “Tex” Johnson when Johnson was 67 and serving time for snatching $24 in 1959 in Birmingham, AL. The photo is part of the “Prisoners of Age” series, which includes interviews with aging inmates and

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