Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:50pm

For Timothy Sita, ’17 MD, PhD, Feinberg’s 158th medical school commencement ceremony was an ideal moment to both reflect on his seven-year journey at Feinberg and look forward to his future as a physician-scientist.

“I feel a mixture of gratitude and humility. Looking around the auditorium, I’m surrounded by friends, family and faculty — without their support, I wouldn’t be here celebrating the completion of these degrees,” Sita said. During the ceremony, he was hooded by his wife, Elizabeth Sita, ’14 MD, whom he met during their first week of medical school in 2010

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:48pm

“I wouldn’t be here without Northwestern’s Summer Internship Grant Program,” says Jennifer Trammell.

That’s a common refrain among people fortunate enough to have received support from the program, commonly called SIGP. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, SIGP, which is coordinated by Northwestern Career Advancement, provides grants to help students take unpaid summer internships. And it’s clear from SIGP alumni that when it comes to the program’s impact, funding is just the tip of the iceberg.

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:47pm

School of Education and Social Policy seniors Juliana Bond, Stephanie Fox, Caroline Gold, and Kaitlin Shedd are among sixteen members of Northwestern University’s class of 2017 who will join Teach For America (TFA) after graduation, bringing high-quality education to students most in need around the country.

Northwestern’s corps members will commit the next two years to teaching low-income urban and rural public school students in states from New York to Idaho.

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:46pm

Family is everything.

They know you best; they love you in spite of differences and disagreements. And, when life beats you down, families provide needed support.

These are also tenets of the Posse Scholars program, a college access and leadership development program founded on the idea that a close-knit group of students -- a “posse” -- can help each other through even the toughest college transitions and challenges.

When the graduating class of 2017 participates in the University’s 159th Commencement next month, seven of the 10 original Northwestern Posse Scholars will receive their college degrees, with the three remaining scholars graduating shortly thereafter.

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:44pm

School of Education and Social Policy seniors Arielle Ticho and Tamar Eisen have received prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Ticho, a social policy major with a concentration in education policy and a Spanish minor, will teach in Colombia. Eisen, whose interests lie in both education and public health, will teach in India.

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:15pm

De’Sean Weber learned from his mother, a social worker, that helping others is what’s most important. As an anthropology major and aspiring health care professional, Weber is using the power of personal stories to help improve health outcomes in marginalized, low-income communities like his own in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He studies the deeper, less obvious reasons people are predisposed to illness.

Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:12pm

by Sean Hargadon

The plight of mixed-status families is more than an academic interest for Almita Miranda. It’s her history.

Her grandfather came to the United States from Guerrero, Mexico, as part of the Bracero Program, which allowed millions of Mexicans to cross the border for temporary work. Her parents were undocumented migrant workers in the late 1970s and legalized their status after the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Miranda ’08 was born in Chicago, but her father “continued to travel back and forth to Mexico with the hope of one day bringing the entire family back to Guerrero. But after Mexico’s economic crisis in 1994, he decided to keep the family in Chicago permanently.”

Post date: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:13pm

By Noelle Sullivan, PhD

The verdict is out. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the American Health Care Act would lower premiums and reduce the deficit by $119 billion over the next 10 years. It would also leave 23 million people in the United States uninsured by 2026. 

The CBO report paints a bleak picture in terms of healthcare access for half of the country if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its current form was made law: higher deductibles, and less coverage. This is particularly perilous for those with pre-existing conditions, or for mental health, substance abuse, maternity and rehabilitation coverage. 

Whether or not you like the AHCA really depends on what you prioritize. And certainly, the rhetoric circulating in the wake of the CBO report has been all but predictable, on both sides.

From The Hill

Post date: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:27am

By Noelle Sullivan, PhD

The ongoing controversy over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) -- the GOP's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act -- highlights a fundamental disconnect in ideas about how involved the government should be in our health care.

A striking omission in these debates is the cost of health care itself. There is considerable silence on how much Americans pay, while there is considerable noise from policy makers on health insurance costs and coverage mandates. Insurance costs are a reflection of the costs of medical care, so addressing insurance costs alone is an exercise in futility.

The US health care system operates on "free-market" logics, which call for a rolling back of government-imposed regulations, tariffs and other controls. According to capitalists, in theory, this creates an ideal environment where competition and consumer preferences would drive innovation and ensure economic growth, benefiting all classes through a "trickle down." That economic growth ideally should bring resources to everyone so they can purchase coverage they need.

From truthout

Post date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:24am

By Allyson Chiu

Beginning Fall Quarter, students will be able to declare adjunct majors in global health studies, the University announced.

The adjunct major comprises 11 courses: seven in global health — four core classes and three electives — and four in related classes outside global health, said anthropology Prof. William Leonard, director of the global health studies program.

The adjunct major was created due to the popularity of the minor, which now has around 300 students enrolled each year, vice president for international relations Dévora Grynspan said. Student demand has been a driving force in the growth of the global health studies program, Grynspan said.

From The Daily Northwestern