Health Equity and Social Justice

When addiction and COVID-19 collide

The coronavirus outbreak could worsen America’s substance use crisis. USC addiction expert Adam Leventhal explains why it matters to all of us. (Originally posted at Trojan Family Magazine.) By Eric Lindberg Odds are about 50-50 that you know someone who’s been addicted to drugs, at least if you’re in the U.S. And now

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USC audio series POP: Perspectives on Public Health

POP: Perspectives on Public Health audio series launches

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences has launched a new audio series – POP: Perspectives on Public Health. The occasional series explores a broad spectrum of public health issues, and their real-world effects, through interviews, discussions and special event episodes. Hosted by Karina Dominguez Gonzalez, MPH, of the Office of

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Announcing the new MADRES Center Pilot Projects Program

The NIH-funded Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research (MADRES,, based at the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, is pleased to announce its Pilot Projects Program, supporting one-year research projects that aim to address scientific gaps in

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Prof. Bluthenthal interviewed for Voice of S.D. story on homelessness

A July 15 story in the Voice of San Diego on the factors driving black homelessness quoted Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and Associate Dean for Social Justice. The story noted: A recent analysis of Census survey data by left-leaning Center on Policy Initiatives noted that the city’s poverty rate among Blacks in the

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