• “What is the Impact of a Blog?” by Kim Juhas

               In the CRSI program, we learn a wide range of subject matter relating to community research, and dissemination of information through blogs and other resources is one of the topics on which we spent some time.  We visited the Civic Commons, Med City News, and the Plain Dealer, and thoroughly […]

  • “Assessing the Needs of the LGBT Community in Cuyahoga County” by Kim Juhas

            I was recently assigned the tasks of presenting on the health disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people face, and researching disparities in behavioral health services in Cuyahoga County.   According to the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education Act (2000), [a] population is a health disparity population if there […]

  • “Science and Responsibility” by Julie Merker

    Beginning in the late 1800s, it was a common belief that “night doctors” would snatch poor black people off the streets of Baltimore and conduct experiments on them. Is there any truth to this myth? Even if people were not being actually abducted, it’s quite clear that scientists have conducted experiments on unwitting vulnerable populations […]

  • “Before Standards were Standards” by Patricia Terstenyak

                Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. Her story is told in the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. The reader is confronted with many ethical situations that surround Henrietta and HeLa, the cells that made her famous. She endured many medical appointments and tests; […]

  • “Losing Trust/Regaining Trust” by Kim Juhas

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor young African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, whose tumor in her cervix was removed, unknown to her and her family, and used to create the first cell culture able to survive and divide outside of the human body.  This cell culture gave scientists […]