Nursing@USC Blog

What Does the Future Hold for Maternal Health? Q&A with Nursing@USC Chair Ellen Olshansky

Nursing@USC Chair Ellen Olshansky was recently part of the team that created the newest edition of “Maternity and Women’s Health Care,” which was honored as a 2015 Best Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). In the following Q&A, we learned more about the evolution of the text, the role of evidence-based coverage in Nursing@USC curriculum, and the changing state of maternal health here in the United States.

An Open Letter to Faculty, Students, Alumni and Friends of the School

Dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Marilyn Flynn, recently published a letter addressing the presidential election results and how important the social work community will be during the next four years.

Preventing a Pandemic of Fear: Lessons for Zika

As coverage of the Zika virus continues to dominate global news cycles, officials are worried that panic is spreading faster than the virus itself. Consequently, top-tier journalists and public health officials are analyzing media responses to the 2014 Ebola scare to develop lessons learned, or at least pinpoint where practices went drastically wrong.

How the Healthiest Nations Stack Up at the Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro raised a lot of questions about public health, including some we may not have expected. Are healthier nations more successful in international athletic competitions? What does it really mean to be healthy? The Human Development Index gives us one possible answer. 

Is Discrimination Bad for Your Health?

Discrimination in the United States has historically cut a wide swath across a number of demographics, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability and religion. Despite a major cultural and political shift through the implementation of the long overdue Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other efforts at fighting discrimination, we still see it today — particularly in the form of modern-day racism.

Managing the Zika Outbreak Among Underserved Communities

When a health epidemic takes root, poor and underserved communities tend to experience the most severe consequences. The mosquito-borne Zika virus poses similar challenges on a global scale. Here in the U.S., doctors and nurses who serve low-income and rural patients are looking to early prevention and better access to testing to stem the tide.