Siamit Lab tells stories about caregiving, public health, and the future of country medicine.
Climate and health at the World Economic Forum
Siamit in Academic Medicine
American Indians and Alaska Natives have long held state-conferred health rights, but health care disparities persist. An innovation report in Academic Medicine shares the partnership model developed by teams at Harvard, Mass General Brigham, and Maniilaq Social Medicine to advance a health equity agenda in Northwest Alaska.
Covid-19 requires a social medicine response
Covid-19 is a social disease, with exposure, illness, care, and outcomes stratified along familiar social, economic, and racial lines. These disparities charge policy leaders to shape a response grounded in social medicine. Siamit faculty Lucas Trout and Arthur Kleinman write in Frontiers in Sociology.
Realizing Indigenous health rights
New approaches to primary care are on the rise. One tribal health system is working toward health equity by addressing the social determinants of health in primary care settings. Siamit faculty Lucas Trout and Corina Kramer write in Health and Human Rights.
Coloniality and Indigenous resurgence
Lessons from TB in battling Covid-19
There’s a lot we can learn from one of the last great pandemics: tuberculosis. The strategies used by wealthy countries to wipe it out within their borders in the 1950s hold lessons for the world. Siamit faculty Salmaan Keshavjee writes for NPR.
Health technologies in the North
Health communications technologies have played a big role in changing arctic lives, lands, and cultures. A Northern Public Affairs story from Siamit faculty Lucas Trout, Arthur Kleinman, Tanya Kirk, and Mark Erickson about just how much the the internet matters.
Siamit responds to COVID-19
The complexities of Covid-19 testing
Suicide, social medicine, and the purview of care
Rural Alaska health health workers seek footing to redress a suicide crisis that many ascribe to colonialism itself. In the end, a single question: What is care, anyways? An ethnography in Health and Human Rights.
Teaching social medicine
Siamit is working to move social medicine education beyond the preclinical curriculum and into rural hospitals and clinics across the country. A paper from Siamit faculty and fellows in Social Medicine shares the education model used by partners at Siamit, Maniilaq, Harvard, and MGH
From rural Alaska to global primary health care
Siamit faculty Lucas Trout describes three care innovations in the Alaska Tribal Health System with broad implications for global primary care. Read more in the World Health Organization’s Young Leaders Blog.
The risks of normalizing the coronavirus
Decoloniality as an ethics of care
What happens when community members, health workers, and researchers partner to develop suicide prevention tools grounded in an ethics of decoloniality. Wexler, Barnett, Trout, and Moto write in Northern Public Affairs.