Goodbye Bernie, we miss you

Fresh off the BART

Bernie did something that no other politician had done before: he listened to my community. He listened and understood the problems that Muslim Americans face, the ones we had given up hope of ever solving, and he told the country that Americans must do better. 
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How nice is sugar and spice?

Fresh off the BART

This disastrous miscarriage of health management is built upon a health care industry that too often caricatures its patients and treats them with a one-size-fits-all mindset.
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Debugging biased algorithms in healthcare, beyond

Two weeks ago, my colleagues and I published an article showing that a widely used algorithm in the health system was biased against Black patients. This algorithm and others like it affect decisions for hundreds of millions of patients every year. Fixing the algorithm’s bias would more than double the number of Black patients eligible for a program that can help them with their health needs. 
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Three worried students in front of the Tang center

UC Berkeley must inform, actively support students in light of disruptive SHIP changes

CAMPUS ISSUES: On health care, the campus must recognize the impact that rising costs have on already marginalized students

The changes to SHIP coverage in the fall may be inevitable — so the campus must inform students about possible disruptions in coverage, rather than releasing dismissive press releases. If UC Berkeley truly values the health and wellbeing of every student, it must actively support students through the large and frustrating changes that next year will bring.
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The scarlet letters: HPV

Queerly Political

It felt humanizing to receive health care that respected my sexual orientation. The doctors at Planned Parenthood understood that neither gender nor sex is a binary.
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Trans students deserve trans-friendly university

The Tang Center and SHIP are finally making moves to be more trans-friendly, and AHCA is stalling in the senate. For anybody that cares about our healthcare system, things are looking up. Beginning August 1, SHIP will begin covering a handful of gender confirming treatments and surgeries for UC Berkeley
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Healthcare equality for all genders

Safe, Sane and Consensual

“Are you sure you don’t need a pregnancy test?” “I swear I don’t. I’ve been on testosterone for the past year, and I’ve only been having sex with people with vaginas.” There’s bemused frustration in UC Berkeley junior Benji Delgadillo’s voice as they recount their interaction with their primary care
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UC officials need to adhere to labor contract

If you sign a contract, you have to follow the contract. Seems simple, right? Yet the University of California seems to have a problem understanding the need to adhere to the contract it signed with UC postdoctoral scholars.
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