2024 ARHE Policy Brief Award

We are excited to announce that the 2023 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.

Criteria:

  • Teams, not just individuals, may apply, including teams fulfilling professional contracts or consultancies.
  • Instead of only accepting policy briefs in their traditional format, we will now accept written works, detailed or annotated PowerPoint presentations, or other works that contribute to the development of new legislation, policies, programs, or interventions using significant anthropological data and anthropological insights. This may include long-form editorials, news articles, or other public-facing publications that include recommendations or ways forward, as long as they draw on anthropological perspectives and methods.
  • Submission may be no more than 10,000 words in total
  • All health emergencies topics are accepted.
  • The work must explicitly discuss and integrate anthropological methods and insights.
  • The brief does not necessarily have to report on new data collected, but can also analyze existing data to make recommendations or ways forward.The work must make direct reference to specific policies, practices, programs, and/or interventions, and make explicit recommendations for ways forward from these, in addition to assessing and critiquing. In other words, this award recognizes applied and engaged work, not work that only makes critical or theoretical arguments.

Applications can be submitted at : https://forms.gle/W2ZXAuQM1XftKegr9

2023 ARHE Policy Brief Award Winners

The ARHE Awards Committee is thrilled to announce the 2023 Policy Brief winners.  The Committee was extremely impressed with the quality of submissions and examples of the power of anthropology to inform policy. Please join us in congratulating:

Student winner: Taylor J. Arnold for his policy brief entitled Latinx Child Farmworkers in North Carolina: Heat-Related Illness

Professional winner: Magdalena Stawkowski for her policy brief entitled Forgotten Ground Zeros: Local Populations Exposed to Radiation from Former Nuclear Test Sites

2023 ARHE Policy Brief Award

We are excited to announce that the 2023 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. 

Criteria

  • No more than 10 pages
  • All health emergencies topics are accepted
  • Must integrate anthropological insights necessary for a successful response effort

Submission accepted at https://forms.gle/8Jkfy6BSMGxQEQeG8 

All submissions due by September 15, 2023.

2022 ARHE Policy Brief Award Winners

The ARHE Awards Committee is thrilled to announce the 2022 Policy Brief winners.  Please join us in congratulating:

Student winner: Alyssa Basmajian for her policy brief entitled Doulas offer compassionate abortion care and counter stigma

Professional winner: CommuniVax for their policy brief entitled Carrying Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Forward: Guidance Informed by Communities of Color. Visit https://www.communivax.org/our-work for the full report and other resources

Professional winner: Megan Schmidt-Sane for her policy brief entitled COVID-19 vaccines and (dis)trust among minoritized youth in Ealing, London, United Kingdom. Visit https://www.socialscienceinaction.org/search?post_types=resources for the full report and other resource https://www.socialscienceinaction.org/search?post_types=resources

ARHE Policy Brief Award

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. 

Criteria

  • No more than 10 pages
  • All health emergencies topics are accepted
  • Must integrate anthropological insights necessary for a successful response effort

Submission accepted at https://forms.gle/8Jkfy6BSMGxQEQeG8 

All submissions due by September 1, 2022.

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)