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Health Systems as Places of Sanctuary

June 8, 2018

In this editorial in the British Medical Journal, Seth Holmes, BCSM co-chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management and of Medical Anthropology, UCB, and co-authors Anita Berlin, Fabian Fernandez, and Deliana Garcia argue that the concept of hospitals as places of sanctuary should be extended to the entire health care system.

Emma Deboncoeur

In Memoriam Emma Deboncoeur

April 12, 2018

BCSM mourns the loss of Emma Deboncoeur, recipient of the top prize for undergraduate medical anthropology thesis, activist for health equity and trans health, and a committed member of the Rad Med Structural Competency Working Group. For those wanting to make a donation in Emma’s memory, one option is the Emma Deboncoeur Healthcare Provider Fund, which provides microgrants to trans people who are healthcare providers or in training to become healthcare providers. Another way to honor Emma is to donate to support her partner of 10 years, Francesca Foglia. Donations to help Francesca through this difficult time can be made here. In addition, Emma's family, friends, and colleagues are planning a scholarship, fellowship or prize in her name to continue her legacy in health equity and trans health. To contribute or get involved, please contact 

Book Award for BCSM Co-Chair Seth Holmes

February 15, 2018

The 2018 Premio Iberoamericano Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association has awarded an honorable mention to Fruta fresca, cuerpos marchitos: Trabajadores agrícolas migrantes en Estados Unidos, a translation of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies by Seth Holmes, BCSM Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management and Medical Anthropology. The award recognizes outstanding books on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in Spanish or Portuguese.

How Racism Gets Under the Skin

January 8, 2018

BCSM faculty affiliate and associate professor of Public Health Amani Nuru-Jeter is quoted in this NPR story “Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health.” She is working to understand how “the lived and social experience of race turn into racial differences in health.”


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