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ICE agents are still performing raids – and using precious N95 masks to do so

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine (BCSM) co-chair Seth Holmes and BCSM affiliate Miriam Magaña Lopez call for an end to immigration raids in this op-ed in the March 31, 2020 edition of The Guardian. The article states that "ICE raids conducted by the federal government are putting our country at risk, worsening a critical shortage of medical supplies and leading to overcrowding and movement that facilitate the spread of Covid-19. At this historic moment, we must set our priorities straight. If we want to survive, we must stop ICE raids, detention and deportation. We must provide protective equipment to frontline workers in our health system. Our lives and the future of our society depend on it."


Congratulations to ISSI Researcher Jacqueline Adams

ISSI Senior Researcher Jacqueline Adams was awarded a Research Fellowship at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to conduct research for her new book on the flight of Jewish refugees from Nazi and Vichy persecution between 1933 and 1945. Dr. Adams' fellowship will commence in 2021.

Russell Sage Foundation-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Tolani Britton and Tina Sacks

Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC)-affiliated faculty Tolani Britton and CRSC Faculty Chair Tina Sacks are among the eighteen scholars to receive awards in the Pipeline Grants Competition sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF), in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Read about their projects, on high school counselors and health disparities, respectively, here.

In a De-funded Health System, Doctors and Nurses Suffer Near-Impossible Conditions

Seth Holmes' March 29, 2020 article in Salon shares the experiences of many doctors and nurses trying to care for their patients despite critical shortages. Holmes and co-author Liza Buchbinder show that when our leaders de-fund the health system that protects us all, millions of doctors, nurses, patients, and families are put at risk. Holmes is Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

What the “Global North” needs to learn about COVID-19

In this blog post in British Medical Journal Global Health, Sriram Shamasunder and co-authors discuss concrete steps that can be taken and the many lessons that U.S. health workers can learn from their international colleagues around the world. Professor Shamasunder is an affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

Misdiagnosis, Mistreatment, and Harm — When Medical Care Ignores Social Forces

In the March 19, 2020 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Seth Holmes and his co-authors argue against former University of Pennsylvania Dean of Medical Education Stanley Goldfarb, who wrote that social justice should not be included in medical training. In the article, they argue the importance of social forces to health and health care, and that ignoring social forces leads to misdiagnosis, mistreatment and harm. Holmes is Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.


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