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What The Task Force for Global Health Means By Health Equity

By The Task Force for Global Health The Task Force for Global Health was founded nearly 40 years ago to advance health equity. Here is what health equity means to us. In 1984, only 20% of children were vaccinated. Those children primarily lived in high-income countries, leaving hundreds of millions of children elsewhere at risk […]

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Task Force, MIT, and Atlanta Groups Pilot Novel Approaches to Reach Communities of Color with COVID Services

In the first year of the pandemic, nearly 30 million Americans were diagnosed with COVID-19 and 540,000 died, with a disproportionate number of cases and deaths suffered by people of color. In The Task Force for Global Health’s home base of Atlanta, Georgia, several organizations have been working to meet the needs of those communities, […]

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Tackling Gender Disparities in Health: Q&A with Three Experts

When health practitioners and researchers look at underlying causes of poor health and well-being, they see a number of interconnected issues, from race to gender to socioeconomic status and more. For gender, the socially constructed norms and culturally defined roles, responsibilities, entitlements and rights of being female, male or other identities can shape an individual’s […]

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A Recommendation to the New President: Let’s Make Children a National Priority

By Dave Ross, The Task Force for Global Health, and Daniel Stein, Stewards of Change Institute Among the many executive orders that President Biden has signed on his first days in office, it’s heartening to see that he intends to make children one of his primary concerns. Indeed, his plan to significantly expand benefits for […]

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MIT Media Lab and The Task Force Pilot COVID-19 Campaign in Atlanta

By The Task Force for Global Health The Task Force for Global Health and the Lab for Social Machines (LSM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab are collaborating to develop and test a health campaign against COVID-19 in Atlanta, GA, where The Task Force is based. The Task Force and LSM are […]

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In Honor of World Hepatitis Day: Q&A with Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination Director John Ward, MD

Featured Image: A “Chakma” student holding a “Find the Missing Millions” board to support the initiative. The Chakma tribe is the largest indigenous tribe in Bangladesh. They live in Rangamati, Chittagong hills which is in the South-East Bangladesh. A “Find the Missing Millions” free hepatitis B and C screening and awareness program organized by the […]

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Using Cell Phones for Contact Tracing: Partnering with Google, Apple and CDC Foundation, Q&A with Task Force Public Health Informatics Expert

Featured Image: Field epidemiologists conduct contact tracing in Uganda during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Aggrey Byaruhanga. By The Task Force for Global Health It has been more than two months since the World Health Organization’s declaration of the coronavirus pandemic and, since the crisis began, more than 5.5 million people have contracted the […]

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Could We Have Been More Prepared for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

By The Task Force for Global Health Responding to the scale and impact of the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge the public health community has not faced in the modern era. While all countries are mounting various levels of response, it is the countries with weak health systems that will likely feel the greatest impact. […]

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“Who Ya Gonna Call?”: Database and Social Media Platform Makes “Disease Detectives” Reachable During a Public Health Emergency

By Task Force for Global Health In 2014, one of the biggest disease outbreaks in years was threatening the health of millions in West Africa and potentially the entire world. As Ebola was claiming more and more lives every week, the international community was struggling to find qualified, French-speaking “disease detectives,” as field epidemiologists are […]

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Improving Quality of Care at the Core of Health System Strengthening

By The Task Force for Global Health In 2013, the 90-90-90 goals were set to help end the global AIDS epidemic – by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90% of all people receiving […]