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Public health focuses on the systematic prevention of disease and prolonging of life by governments, NGO’s and other groups. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Public Health” feature reporting on communicable and non-communicable diseases, the development of medical systems and infrastructure to provide public access to health care services. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on public health.

 

Photo Essay: RESPONSE

Mateo Ruiz González photographed what the response to the coronavirus pandemic looked like on the streets of Brooklyn.

Photo Essay: RECOVERY

What does recovery and reopening look like across Brooklyn during the pandemic? Mateo Ruiz González captured images of Brooklyn's streets in this COVID-19 Writers Project photo essay.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE II

The coronavirus pandemic was accelerating. More tests were needed. More personal protective equipment was needed. Food supplies were depleting. Prices for essential products skyrocketed. Hysteria was setting in.

The Road to Recovery

The pandemic underscored long-standing inequalities in American society. It also created scores of new social activists in Generation Z ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE I

When COVID-19 cases spiked in March, officials encouraged extreme vigilance with social distancing. At the same time, residents were beginning to see the failures and strengths of their government's crisis response.

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION III

A report released in April found that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were dying from COVID-19 at almost twice the rate of white New Yorkers.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY II

Out of the pandemic came many valuable lessons and, at the same time, many hard truths. Would these lessons become opportunities for a new way forward?

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION II

In late April, the City was in the eye of the storm. Residents understood the physical impact of the virus, but up until that moment, few would have guessed the profound toll it would take on mental health.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY I

As Brooklyn started reopening, residents began to reflect on lessons learned, society, and health. So much had changed in such a short time. Who had they become?

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION I

In March, when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, Brooklyn had become a ghost town. In the streets, you could hear a pin drop, except for the unending sound of ambulance sirens.

Video Narrative: AWAKENING

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets this summer to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Was this merely a momentary period of awakened frustration? Or was it a sign that real change was on the way?

We Want You to Live: Liberia's Fight Against Ebola

A documentary by Carl Gierstorfer follows one community’s fight for survival against Ebola through the eyes of the Liberians on the front lines battling to bring the outbreak to an end.

Open Defecation in India

Six hundred million Indians defecate outside every day. What does this mean for Indian society and what will it take to change this practice?

HIV/AIDS in Tijuana and San Diego

Tijuana and San Diego, sister cities that have overlapping populations, have vastly different responses to HIV/AIDS, illustrating the stark challenges that still exist in many locales.

Water Safety in Zanzibar

The WHO estimates over 370,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. And while water is an undeniable part of culture in Zanzibar, Tanzania, lack of knowledge about aquatic survival is commonplace.

China: Dying to Breathe

China’s deadly mining accidents hit the international news headlines frequently. But the country's top occupational disease, pneumoconiosis, kills three times as many miners each year.

Surgery: The 'Neglected Stepchild' of Global Health

Surgically-treatable conditions cause more death and disability than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined. Now, a group of doctors is pushing to put surgery on the global health agenda.

Poland: Coal’s Deadly Toll

Poland gets 90 percent of its power and much of its heat by burning coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The consequences for Poles' health are severe, and one polluted city is now pushing back

Sierra Leone: Where Corruption Kills

Forced to choose between corrupt government clinics and faith healers, Sierra Leone's pregnant women and their infants are dying in record numbers. One doctor may have the solution.