Public Health and Beyond in Latin America and the Caribbean: Reflections from the Field explores the diverse and complex public health landscape, from global to regional to local, by considering historical and socio-cultural factors to contextualize the ongoing public health crisis.
Drawing on four decades of field experience, research, and teaching, Sherri L. Porcelain uses case studies to offer a realistic view of the public heath struggle in Latin America and the Caribbean. Using specific countries as regional examples, the book shows how population health has been inextricably linked to political, economic, social, cultural, ethical, ecological, environmental, and technological factors. Chapters in this book will examine the history of public health issues associated with international development, globalization and the international political economy, disasters, diplomacy, and security studies coupled with the changing role of key actors driving the global and regional agendas. The final chapter examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for the future of public health.
This book is recommended for undergraduate students interested in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as others concerned with global and regional population health challenges.
Table of Contents
0. Introduction 1. Public Health 2. Development and Public Health 3. Globalization and Public Health 4. Disasters, Climate Crisis, and Public Health 5. Public Health Diplomacy 6. Public Health Security 7. Conclusion – Public Health and Beyond: Case Study of SARS-CoV-2
Sherri L. Porcelain is a Lecturer in the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami where she teaches global public health in world affairs with focus on Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Studies Program. She has also been a voluntary faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the university since 1988.