Welcome to ARHE website

Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies (ARHE) is a Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. The purpose of the group is to network among members to be able to rapidly respond to developing public health issues and emergencies.

Please see our ‘Call to Action

Communivax

Exciting new project launched out of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Communivax. “The coalition will conduct rapid ethnographic research related to COVID-19 vaccination among historically underserved communities of color in the United States. Local research teams will listen to community members and work with them to develop suggestions on how to strengthen COVID-19 vaccine delivery and communication strategies”.

The Great Barrington Declaration is dangerous

The argument to “open up” society for everyone who is determined to not be at high risk does not take into account the true numbers of who fits in that category.

•Obesity, increasing age, diabetes, and other cardiometabolic conditions are just a few of the factors that have been observed to be associated with an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and/or death.

•In 2017-2018, over 35% of the entire US population (children and adults) were determined to be obese

•Furthermore, it is estimated that 13% of the adult US population has diabetes.

•This doesn’t even take into account the percentage of US adults that have other pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of severe COVID-19.

Click here for a critical review of the Great Barrington Declaration (by Collin Catalfamo, MPH 1,  Mark Nichter, PhD, MPH 2 from University of Arizona)

Action Needed: COVID-19 Pandemic

The HCW Hosted team of healthcare workers & family members, public health professionals, and health social scientists has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage the public to stay the course with COVID-19 recommendations as a means of protecting  themselves, their communities  and our healthcare workers. 

We need your support to get the word out! Please sign and share the HEALTH CITIZEN PLEDGE: healthcitizenpledge.org  

We are in the early days of the Pledge, trying to build momentum so every share, every endorsement, every signature counts!  Once we have enough signatures, we will be taking the Pledge to elected officials to ask them to support the Pledge and we will hold them accountable. The WHO recently came out  with a call to government leaders to keep healthcare workers safe. The Pledge echoes this plea. It is your opportunity to stand with our health care workers and reaffirm your commitment to the social contract upon which our democracy is based. And if  you are a member of an organization that would like to co-sponsor the Pledge , please let me know.

 Mark Nichter : Lifetime member of the AAA,  former president of the SMA, one of the founding members of HCWhosted.org

ARHE is selected for the American Anthropological Association Presidents’ Award

From the award website:

The SMA’s Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies Special Interest Group
 is recognized for rapidly mobilizing a wide range of valuable information resources in response to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, including a series of highly informative webinars, online background information resources, and an expanded roster of content area specialists ready to share their insights with response partner organizations and affected communities.

AAA Presidents’ Award Information

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We are so honored to be recognized for our Special Interest Group’s work on COVID-19 and for the efforts of everyone involved in the webinars, the calls to action, the workshops, business meetings, and panel presentations that ARHE has sponsored or assisted with since 2016 on Zika, Ebola, Measles, and now COVID-19. Thank you to everyone involved in the Special Interest Group. Thank you to the American Anthropological Association for your recognition of our work and the mission of our Special Interest Group.

Kristin Hedges (Grand Valley State University)
Deon Claiborne (Michigan State University)
Co-Chairs, Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies





New Resources

As the United States continues to break single-day records in new coronavirus cases, stay up to date in latest information by reviewing a COVID-19 primer by Dr. Mark Nichter and other useful resources such as how to read COVID statistics and details on the Arizona outbreak.

Rituales cotidianos y retos de la población migrante con discapacidad/Daily rituals and challenges of the migrant population with disabilities

Claudia Morales, a graduate student from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has written about the added effects to quality of life for disabled migrants in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic. See the link below for the pdf.

Rituales cotidianos y retos de la población migrante con discapacidad/Daily rituals and challenges of the migrant population with disabilities

See the attached update of the COVID-19 Primer from Dr. Mark Nichter. This updated primer includes new information on testing, contact tracing, pool testing, and antigen testing. Additional information on long term effects of COVID and cytokine cascades leading to severity. Updated information on < 40 age group transmitting virus more. Further information emphasizing impact of social distancing and the wearing of makes --compared hygiene and cleaning surfaces.