Dialogue: Disparities is a podcast discussing the social determinants of health. Join Danlin as she navigates through some of the social injustices occurring in North America and their impact on health outcomes. This project is funded by the University of Toronto International Health Program.
I Survived Domestic Violence
Ania shares her story of domestic abuse and her passion for making sure other women don't go through the same thing as her by volunteering with Shelter Movers in Montreal. Danlin asks Ania about how she wants people to treat survivors of domestic violence and the steps we can all take to be more supportive.
Ania can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and her work is on https://www.sheltermovers.com/
What It's Like Having Autism
Danlin interviews her good friend and ex-roommate, Victoria, about her experiences living with Asperger's syndrome (a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder). Victoria shares how her disability affects her social life and grades at the University of Toronto, her parents' reaction to her diagnosis at age 5, as well as her thoughts on person-first language, representation, and societal expectations when it comes to Autism.
Why Vaccine Disparities Affect Us All
With data from Pfizer suggesting that a 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot is needed for protection, we call attention to the unjust reality that most people living in low-income countries have yet to even get their 1st dose. This episode introduces WHO's COVAX program, civil society organizations, and evaluates their joint efforts to vaccinate impoverished countries. Moreover, we highlight disparities in vaccine access within wealthy nations such as the US. Lastly, because vaccine inequity is adding years to the pandemic and allowing more dangerous variants to emerge, we present ways in which you can help address vaccine inequity. Vaccination disparities are inequitable, but not inevitable.
Two Pandemics at Once: Drug Addiction in the COVID-era
This episode explains the science behind drug addiction (i.e. how our brains change with drug use) and the ongoing opioid crisis. Listen to find out how drug addiction is often driven by one's mental health challenges, lack of social support, housing circumstances, and childhood experiences—many of which are outside of one's control. Framing drug addiction as a moral failing really hurts those trying to recover from addiction; if we are committed to promoting recovery, we need to shift from “What’s wrong with you?” to asking, “What happened to you?”
HIV in North America: What Makes You Vulnerable
This episode explores what HIV is and the less obvious reasons why there are higher rates of HIV among sex workers, transgender women, and communities of color. Specifically, we dive into how a person's occupation, income, race, and gender identity can influence their vulnerability to HIV. We also discuss the role of stigma and discrimination in perpetuating HIV-related health disparities.
The Implications of Telehealth: A Post-Pandemic Reality
In this episode, co-hosts Danlin and Hajar discuss the rise of virtual healthcare amid the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for patients in the future. We explain the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth replacing in-person care, especially for taboo health problems such as sexual and mental health. Also, we discuss how telehealth exacerbates current health disparities due to gaps in Internet access and the lack of accommodation on the virtual interface for patients with disabilities.