NPHR Blog

No Road Home: Three Doctors Reflect on Aleppo and the Future

The NPHR Blog is excited to feature this post, written by Sheila Burt, as an introduction to our upcoming Northwestern Public Health Review winter issue. Burt expertly weaves together the experiences of three Chicago-based doctors who have assisted in war-torn Syria. Through her words, a painting of tragedy and hope emerges. The upcoming issue will feature pieces written about public health as it relates to the current migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East. We look forward to sharing our
Japan Today

A rare glimpse inside Fukushima

Two cars, as if swept away by an unearthly force, lay overturned in a field of overgrown weeds; a storefront window remains in shatters, rust forming on surrounding scraps of metal left inside; a clock, stopped exactly at 2:46 p.m. when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck more than three years ago, hangs low from an abandoned hair salon. For his inaugural trip to Japan in January, Chicago photographer and sociologist David Schalliol captured these and nearly 3,000 other images during his 10-
Gapers Block

Inside a Toxic Tour

As he pauses at the corner of 31st Street and Central Park in Little Village, Rafael Hurtado can only think about factories. Turn any way, and they're all he sees, and on the worst days, they're all he smells. On a drizzly April morning, the smell isn't nearly as repugnant as it is on unbearably hot summer days, but Hurtado still has a message for anyone listening. Hurtado, an 18-year-old Little Village resident, volunteers as a tour guide for Toxic Tours, which guide people around the load of m