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Court Abortion Ruling is an Assault on Women and Democracy

In this Berkeley News interview, Khiara Bridges, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, discusses the harmful impact that the overturning of Roe v. Wade will have on unprivileged folks living in states that have long been seeking to abolish abortion. Bridges also shares her thoughts on the beliefs that contributed to the ruling in the first place and discusses the possible political effects the ruling may have on the electorate.

A Healing Centered Approach in Community Public Health Interventions

Berkeley Public Health interviewed Jason Corburn, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, about his latest book, Cities for Life: How Communities Can Recover from Trauma and Rebuild for Health. Corburn details his inspiration for the book and discusses how to apply the lessons he learned from the three cities that are the focus of the book.

New Book: Border Hacker: A Tale of Treachery, Trafficking, and Two Friends on the Run

Border Hacker is by Levi Vonk, a graduate student affiliate of ISSI's Berkelely Center for Social Medicine, with Axel Kirschner. This work of creative nonfiction follows the journey of Axel Kirschner, an undocumented deportee and computer hacker. The book documents Axel's incredible journey to return to his family in New York, trekking thousands of miles across Mexico while dodging immigration agents, kidnappers, and narcos.

NSF Grant Awarded to Seth Holmes

The project, Essential Workers in the US Food System, uses survey and ethnographic methods to investigate how different kinds of food systems workers are integrated into the labor market and how workers’ economic and biological risks have been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth Dunn of Indiana University is the PI, and Seth Holmes, Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, is the co-PI.

How to Sell a Poison

In her new book, Elena Conis, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, follows the history of the chemical compound of DDT from its postwar farms and factories uses to the seats of power favoring its commodification.

The Past Will be Present When Roe Falls

Khiara Bridges, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, was featured in this Berkeley Voices podcast episode. Bridges discussed the history of reproductive rights in the U.S., what is at stake when Roe v. Wade is overturned, and why our fight for reproductive justice needs to be expanded.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who supported ISSI, the parent institute of BCSM, during Big Give last week! We received over $3,500 from 25 donors. Special thanks to our second-year Graduate Fellows who helped with outreach.

While Big Give is over, your donations to support social change scholarship are welcome anytime! You can donate here and designate your gift for any of the ISSI centers or programs using the "in honor of" field.

The Legacy of Redlining Means Worse Cardiovascular Health for Black Americans

Mahasin Mujahid, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, is co-author of a new article in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). In this Berkeley News article discussing the study's findings, Mujahid explains how living in historically redlined neighborhoods is associated with worse present-day cardiovascular health among Black participants, demonstrating empirically that the history of racism in the US continues to be relevant for Black Americans' heart health today.

Toxic Tides Report

Rachel Morello-Frosch, faculty affliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, produced a policy-oriented report and website showing that over 400 industrial facilities and contaminated sites in California face an increased risk of flooding due to rising sea levels. This flooding could potentially lead to contamination releases into nearby communities.

School COVID Mandates

Elena Conis, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, was interviewed in this NPR story, aired on All Things Considered, about the history of school vaccine mandates. Conis discusses how this history can be used to predict the fate of school COVID vaccine rules.

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