- Pandemic fatigue: Reinvigorating the public to prevent COVID-19 – WHO Europe
This policy brief focuses on the widespread lack of motivation to adhere to COVID regulations that has emerged as the pandemic has gone on. Authors note key observations and provide recommendations.
- Ten considerations for effectively managing the COVID-19 transition – Katrine Bach Habersaat et al
This article offers recommendations policymakers can implement for successfully allowing communities to be heard and engaged as COVID regulations continually adjust to accommodate economic and social costs.
- Culture matters: using a cultural contexts of health approach to enhance policy-making – WHO Europe
This brief emphasizes the importance of considering cultural contexts when developing public policy, exploring three key areas of public health–nutrition, migration, and environment.
- I heard it through the grapevine: On herd immunity and why it is important – Dr. David Napier
This article argues that viruses must be understood socially because viral outbreaks are herd-driven. It shows that the social drivers of viruses often go understated due to medicalization, which can lead to antibiotic misuse, xenophobic rhetoric, and other counterproductive responses.
- WHO Europe CCH Briefs
This page features policy briefs published as part of WHO-Europe’s Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing program.
- Antibiotic Resistance: using a cultural contexts of health approach to address a global health challenge – WHO Europe
This brief uses a cultural contexts of health approach to explore the integral role that culture plays in the challenge of addressing antibiotic resistance, which poses a significant threat to global health. Several factors are explored including: transmission of resistance, antibacterial medicine use, and regulation of research funding.
- Migration and Health: enhancing intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity – WHO Europe
This brief emphasizes the importance of ensuring access to people-centered health systems for migrants and refugees as they go through the migration process. Authors develop a toolkit with suggestions for how to employ an evidence-based response to addressing migrant health needs.
- Misunderstanding a Viral Pandemic: The Social and Cultural Contexts of COVID-19 – David Napier, Edward Fischer
This paper utilizes a cultural context of health approach to show how the ways viruses are conceptualized, understood, and misunderstood affect the ways we’re able to deal with them. Authors illustrate how the social framework of viruses should include social theory to optimize results.
- Addressing the COVID-19 Health Equity Chasm – Shari Barkin, Kecia Carroll, Velma McBride-Murry, et al.
This brief addresses the overrepresentation in COVID-19 deaths among Blacks and Latino populations. Certain barriers to positive health outcomes are discussed, including lack of trust and access to testing.
This paper recommends a shift away from traditional approaches to stigma and discrimination that emphasize cultural understandings of patient experience toward an approach that focuses on the structural and systemic factors that impact health outcomes. This approach of “structural competency” consists of 5 core competencies. Authors also examples ways that structural competency can be integrated into curricula.