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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.

 

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?

Photo Essay: CRISIS

Mateo Ruiz González's photo essay shows New York during the coronavirus crisis.

The Vulnerable: Unprotected in a Pandemic

The AP's global network reports on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Speaking Out on Coronavirus

How are the Pulitzer Center team and its Campus Consortium community responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? This is a space for all to reflect, report, and record our experiences. Contributions welcome!

The Science of COVID-19

Veteran public health journalists from Science magazine explore what science knows—and is learning—about the burgeoning pandemic.

Silencing Stigmas: Virginity Testing in Morocco

Women lined the walls in anticipation. The bride’s mother walked out of the bedroom, parading a white blood-stained bed sheet—a symbol of the newly-wedded bride’s newly-lost virginity. The house erupted in celebration.

Mexico City's Deepening Water Crisis

As an increasingly severe water crisis grips Mexico City, what will the future look like in a world that is rapidly running out of usable water?

Renovating Villa 31

Forty thousand people live in substandard conditions in downtown Buenos Aires' Villa 31. With property deeds and infrastructure upgrades, can authorities finally resolve the eyesore on their front doorstep?

End of Times for Malaysia's Batek?

A mysterious illness has taken the lives of 15 out of 180 members of a clan of Malaysia’s last hunter gatherers, the Batek.

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?

How to Write a Commentary

In this lesson, students listen to a journalist discuss their reporting and then write a commentary. Students were expected to ask questions, take plenty of notes, and come up with a thesis...

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.