Today, May 17 is “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia”. We celebrate the proud resistance and long struggle for basic rights waged by LBGTQIA2S+ activists and their allies. This struggle has a deep connection to public health activism. May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
To advance its commitment to the principles of social justice and health equity, the University of Washington Department of Global Health created the new position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). James Pfeiffer, UW professor of global health and of anthropology, has been selected to inaugurate the role.
September 14th marked 6 months since Cyclone Idai made landfall on Mozambique’s central coast. In that time, Health Alliance International has worked to bring together multiple partners, including Mozambique’s National and Provincial Health Service to enact both emergency response and long-term resiliency building activities.
An editorial by James Pfeiffer, PhD, MPH, published in the American Journal of Public Health, highlights the long-term effects of structural adjustment policies on health systems in low and middle income countries.
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