I'm Still Not Tired - Larkin Callaghan

Larkin Callaghan recently completed her doctorate in health behavior and public health education at Columbia, focusing on women's health and global health development. With research and program experience in HIV and sexual health, social network building, trauma and violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and how socioeconomic status and history of abuse contribute to health and social mobility, she specializes in women's and adolescent health, population health, communication and social marketing and the health of vulnerable populations - and how they relate to one another. She also works as a UN Correspondent for MediaGlobal, covering issues affecting the least developed countries, with a not-exclusive focus on global health. She posts about public health, sociology and social justice, human rights, research, and gender. She manages the Reproductive Health Daily Tumblr and is a fellow in Health Communication and Epidemiology at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, where she writes and uses social and new media to promote research that focuses on health disparities, access and rights. She’s an avid runner and a California loyalist, and also posts longer opinion pieces on I'm Not Tired Yet at https://larkincallaghan.wordpress.com/.
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Circumcision to prevent HIV and STDs is a very contentious issue - but it is often greatly misunderstood and the arguments simplified. Check out my latest post on the The 2x2 Project and find out why context, consent, and risk are essential to the debate.


The vast bulk of donor health funding to low- and middle-income countries goes to AIDS, TB, and malaria - despite the larger death toll from cancer.

(via pubhealth)


The Philippines’ Congress has passed a long overdue bill that will increase access to contraception to women around the country who have historically had difficulty accessing it, and will also mandate sex education in schools. Opposition has been fierce from the Roman Catholics in this staunchly religious nation, but the health of women won out.


Benefits of Contraception. Video by Guttmacher Institute address the comprehensive benefits of family planning.

Check out this great inforgraphic courtesy of the Center for American Progress that lays out the ways in which women will now benefit from preventive care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


Great news - a study out of Mailman, Columbia’s School of Public Health, shows that the PEPFAR funding and programs have led to an increase in babies being born in health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. This can greatly reduce maternal and newborn deaths from preventable birth complications and infections.

This is pretty devastating - Pakistan is one of the only THREE countries where the disease is still endemic (meaning that the infection is maintained in the population without any need for external inputs - like new people coming into the country who are infected), and they have about 200 new cases a year.

A new report by the IPS shows that most women in Argentina recently infected with HIV had the virus transmitted to them by partners they believed to be stable and with whom they had believed themselves to be in committed partnerships with - sometimes for years. This poses a host of new issues to address in reproductive health in Argentina. What are your thoughts?


Chart of the Day: From ‘Mad Men’ to Medicare, Measuring U.S. Health Care

This week marks two major events. One is the second anniversary of something that’s not that popular: the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The second is the return to television of something that’s far more popular: Mad Men. The clear solution is to combine them in one awesome infographic.

There’s some good news. As everyone knows, levels of smoking have fallen precipitously. Cancer is more survivable. More women are doctors. But most of the news is bad. Alcohol consumption, shockingly, is actually higher now than in 1965. Obesity is higher. Diabetes is more prevalent. The most important thing to watch is the top line. It shows dramatically why some sort of health-care reform that controls costs is a pressing need for the nation. The hard part is just figuring out how that works. Frankly, we’d just as soon sit back with a full highball glass and the Mad Men season premiere.

[h/t: Dan Diamond]