March 2021 marks a year since the WHO declared COVID a pandemic and since Vot-ER – a project incubated by MGH – shifted its work in light of the pandemic. March 2020 also marked the start of an enormous shift in how we celebrated some of our most precious milestones, including the centennial of women’sContinue reading “Celebrating Women at the Intersection of Health and Civic Engagement”
Our health is a product of our environment. Therefore, a healthy community should be one in which all residents have access to quality education, safe and healthy homes, adequate employment, transportation, nutrition, and quality health care. Right? Sadly, the dominant public narrative blames individuals for their poor health and renders the social determinants of healthContinue reading “Addressing Health Disparities Through Voter Engagement: A Social Worker’s Point of View”
Family physician Dr. Karen Smith has been helping patients register to vote while administering COVID-19 tests at her clinic in Raeford, a rural town in Hoke County, North Carolina. Smith’s voter registration efforts stretch back to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Though COVID-19 testing and treatment has strained community health centers across the nation, Smith has maintained a steadfast commitment to civic health over the past few months. Smith said she believes voting is important because she sees a direct connection between government action and community health.