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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.

 

A Social Media Pandemic

Sissel McCarthy, director of the journalism program at Campus Consortium member Hunter College, reports on the dangers of online misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pandemic's Toll

An interactive from the Los Angeles Times with support from the Pulitzer Center showcases the lives of some of the people lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eye Rise Films Presents the 'COVID Chronicles'

Stranded in London during the pandemic-induced lockdown, film directors Frederick Bernas and Ana Gonzalez produced the "Covid Chronicles," a series of documentary shorts featuring a young doctor on the frontlines and a volunteer worker.

Gabino: A Venezuelan Survivor (Spanish)

After picking up a client from the airport, Gabino developed COVID-19 symptoms. He visited two public health centers to get a diagnosis, but neither provided a PCR test. A couple of days later he got tested. Soon, he was gasping for air. This is his story.

Opioid Abuse: From U.S. Epidemic to Global Pandemic?

As the U.S. tries to rein the prescription opioid bonanza that launched its epidemic, Big Pharma is expanding around the globe. Their trail includes a bribery scheme, addiction, and an unprepared world.

Stateless in Colombia

An exodus of Venezuelans are fleeing to Colombia, including pregnant women faced with lack of medical services. But when they give birth, their babies faced with another barrier: statelessness.

Disabled Children of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Reports of congenital disabilities are significantly higher in the northern part of Bhopal, where the 1984 Union Carbide accident occurred, than in the rest of India.

The Resurgence of Leprosy in Brazil

A declining number of leprologists rely on questionable data as they try to eliminate the growing threat of leprosy in South America’s most populated country.

Genetically Modified Orphan Crops in Africa

Scientists in Ghana are getting out of their labs to change public perception about genetically modified orphan crops. What could that mean for food security in sub-Saharan Africa?

American Origami

American Origami is a work of images and text that looks at the aftermath of mass shootings in American schools.

Food Insecurity in Northern Canada

A look into the causes and consequences of food insecurity in Canada’s Arctic, where access to food is closely connected to Inuit culture, identity, and health.

Treating Mental Illness in Resource-Poor Countries

Can mental illness be treated in a country with just one psychiatrist for 4 million people? In Liberia, a pioneering program shows it's possible to tackle mental health issues with scant resources.

The Future of Family Planning in India

India will soon be the most populous country in the world. Innovators throughout the country are creating new tools to help families stay small while taking control of their reproductive destinies.

Lessons from the Cape Town Water Crisis

Cape Town, South Africa, has saved its 3.7 million citizens from becoming very thirsty—for now. What lessons can the world learn about handling drought?

Meet the Journalist: Neil Brandvold

Photojournalist Neil Brandvold investigates the paralytic disease Konzo that has inflicted polio-life symptoms on thousands of the most impoverished people in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meet the Journalist: Sonia Shah

Tens of thousands of people fleeing bombs and beheadings are trapped in squalid refugee camps and ad hoc settlements across Greece. Will the country's tattered health system be able to prevent an epidemic?

This Week: Cracking the Indian Patriarchy

A poor school for girls in rural India reshapes the role of women, how Iraq's legal institutions are struggling to give closure to victims, and HIV's hold on Nigeria, Russia, and Florida.

Conviction Driven 'Miracles'

After reading Erik Vance's The Science Behind Miracles, students discuss what it means to have a “limitless” world and whether or not science has anything to do with achieving the impossible.

Mind Over Matter

The following lesson plan explores the concept of suggestibility through taste tests and discussion. Students will learn about the role suggestibility plays in various aspects of their lives.

Magnetic Minds

This lesson was designed for high school or college science courses. Students will conduct an experiment and discuss the historic and current role of hypnosis in the medical landscape.

Psychological Effects on Migrant Workers

This lesson covers some of the psychological impacts that affect migrant workers and their families using reporting on Filipino migrant workers and their families by Ana P. Santos.

To End AIDS: Addressing Community Needs

Students develop solutions for challenges in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Students will conduct in-depth research on their issues, create proposals, and present them.

Heroes of HIV in the Caribbean

The following lesson plans were designed by Liz Morrison, coordinator of Social Studies for the Parkway School District in St. Louis, as part of the Pulitzer Center's Global Gateway initiative.

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