Reflecting on SARS, 17 years and two flu-like epidemics later

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On April 12, 2003, I was evacuated from my post teaching English at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China. I packed my belongings into two suitcases and a duffle bag, got on a bus, crossed the border into Hong Kong, and flew, with my N95 mask on, back to the United States. It was the height of China’s outbreak of SARS, …


Article Announcement: “How Do You Build a ‘Culture of Health’? A Critical Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities from Medical Anthropology”

In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the second-largest funder for health in the United States after the National Institutes of Health, proposed a new framework for improving population health and reducing health inequities in the United States. The core of RWJF’s ‘‘Culture of Health Action Framework’’ is the goal of ‘‘making health a shared value’’ by achieving what …