I was sitting in my balcony studying for my finals when I get a message on my phone: Biden has won the presidential election. All these emotions came to me, and I started to recall the past four years. I recalled the first racist remarks I got at Walmart the…


This doctor quit medicine. It saved her life. (kevinmd.com)

It was January 4th, 2021. I had just had two great weeks of vacation. I had the blessing of seeing my parents and siblings on Christmas day during a pandemic, spend my second Christmas with my Fiancé, spend our first Christmas with our dogs and most of all, spend it…


https://insights.dice.com/2020/06/17/how-apple-google-twitter-youtube-pushing-racial-equality/

The novel Coronavirus or COVID19 has shown no mercy in the U.S, with a grappling 175,00 lives lost from COVID19 and almost 6 million people infected in the U.S in a mere 5 months. We have seen the virus infect all types of people across the country, but we have…


https://abcnews.go.com/US/photos-protests-erupted-country-death-george-floyd/story?id=70982934

This past week we have witnessed several incidents of Racism towards Blacks. The most impacting incident includes the death of George Floyd, a unarmed Black American who was being arrested on alleged forgery. A video soon circulated showing Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, putting his knee on Floyd’s neck, with…


On March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced coronavirus or COVID-19 a pandemic. This means there is widespread human infection of COVID-19 around the world. Currently the U.S has approximately 80,000 cases with more than 1000 deaths, with Arizona having 450 cases with several deaths out of the…


I didn’t realize how much my ethnicity (being a Hispanic Female) would determine of my future. At a young age I thought that I could be anything I wanted to be, but as I grew older, I slowly realized that my ethnicity would try and determine some of that for…


2020 has started and we all know what that means, time to organize our goals for the year, our agendas, our new years resolutions, and most importantly, set up our yearly wellness checks. For those of you who haven’t added this to your to do list or aren’t familiar with…


https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-candidates-medicare-for-all-7d958bab-de34-4d8c-921d-b561f201c4c2.html

In the past 2 debates we have seen 20 candidates in two days speak of tedious topics like immigration, healthcare, criminal reform and many others, with each candidate taking a stance on each topic. One of the most prominent topics spoken in these last two debates was healthcare with candidates…


https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2015/12/05/new-york-times-puts-gun-control-editorial-on-page-1-after-san-bernardino-mass-shooting/

In less than 24 hours, 29 people have been shot dead, and dozens have been injured in two mass shootings, with one mass shooting occurring in El Paso, Texas in a Walmart, and another in Dayton, Ohio, in a night club. …


In the past decades, we have seen an increase in the Latino population in Arizona with the Latino to White ratio increasing from 26:63 to 41:44 from 1980 to 2000 (Latinos, Whites and the Shifting Demography of Arizona, 2010). In the Last U.S census completed in 2010 the Latino population…

Maria Valdez, MPH

Contributor writer for Medium and former contributor writer for HuffPost. I focus on disparities in education and medicine. #Latina #Hispana #Medicine

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