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The Etymology of “Latin” America

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:45

Have you ever wondered why Central America, the Caribbean, and South America are commonly referred to as “Latin” America? No one in these regions speaks Latin today. The primary language is Castilian Spanish but there is also wide use of Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, and indigenous languages such as Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, and hundreds of others.

The Immigration Rhetoric in the United States and its Impacts

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:15

Nativism in the United States has risen and declined throughout the history of the United States dating back to before 1882 with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. These nationalist sentiments immensely affect the admittance and treatment of immigrants.1 The power of nationalistic movements’ increases from the rhetoric used that can create fear of foreigners and cultivate pride in one’s home country.

#TurnIgnoranceAround

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 09:45

It is no surprise by this point in his candidacy that Donald Trump is no friend to Latinos. Along with his rants about building a wall between the US and Mexico, he has attacked the Mexican people personally. In June of last year he was infamously quoted saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with them. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

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

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 12:30

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:45

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

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