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.
We are excited to announce the first annual ARHE Policy Brief Award is now open for submissions. The aim of the award is to encourage and acknowledge the contributions of anthropologists by providing the humanistic side of policy recommendations for responding to health emergencies.
There are two levels for the award (student and professional), both have a $100 award each.
No more than 10 pages
All health emergencies topics are accepted
Must integrate anthropological insights necessary for a successful response effort
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 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)
Check out the newest set of COVID resources slide deck focused on Health Care Workers -cases-mortality- stress and burnout and attrition. Health-care workers account for 1 in 7 coronavirus cases recorded by the World Health Organization. We need to focus effort on protecting these vulnerable frontline workers.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.