Halah is the community manager for Nursing@USC, the online Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Southern California. A dedicated storyteller for all things public health and social justice, she writes about health literacy, the social determinants of health and patient advocacy. Halah is an alumna of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
According to USC Department of Nursing Professor Benita Jean Walton-Moss, PhD, alcohol abuse is often underdiagnosed and undertreated in older women because it is often mistaken for other conditions related to aging. Her research emphasizes the importance of identifying social determinants that may increase patients' risk of alcohol misuse, and outlines a thoughtful approach when screening female patients as a medical professional or caregiver.
Examining the Flint and Zika crises in tandem sheds light on environmental racism and classism - the ways that public health crises disproportionately impact politically and financially powerless communities.
When women are empowered to take control of their own health, the results can be profound: reduced infant mortality, decreased spread of infectious diseases, and increased family and community health. An investment in women’s education truly is an investment in the well-being of society.