About Healthcare:

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) irrefutably transformed the landscape of healthcare in the United States by expanding coverage to millions of Americans. However, despite these gains, our healthcare system remains plagued by inequities and inefficiencies. This year’s Healthcare Center, led by Center Director Sinead Hunt, hopes to tackle a range of topics, including single-payer healthcare, harm reduction strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, and more.

Within the field, a growing cognizance of the social determinants of health has compelled healthcare providers to venture outside the realm of traditional “public health work” and combat the underlying cause of poor health--poverty. As such, the Healthcare Center hopes to team up with the Energy and Environment and Human Rights Centers to tackle topics related to the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.

Previous Publications:

Closing the Primary Care Gap: Expanding California's Scope-of-Practice Regulations for Nurse Practitioners to Meet Patient Demand by Sinead Hunt

Lowering Barriers to Public Access of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors by Cassidy Gabriel

Tackling Columbia's Mental Health Crisis: Increasing Peer to Peer Communication and Disclosure by Sarah Lubin

Addressing the Opioid Crisis on Staten Island: Combating Stigma to Provide Better Treatment Options by Sinead Hunt