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Mojgan Sami

Mojgan (Mo) Sami, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Equity in the Department of Public Health at California State University Fullerton. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for California Walks, a mobility justice advocacy organization. Her research on the structural determinants of health includes projects on active transportation, park access, food sovereignty and environmental justice. Dr. Sami has advisory roles with the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Body Politic

Recently, I had a conversation with some of my public health students about the incredible coincidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was happening while they were completing their degrees in Global Health. Every decision and action (or inaction) by international organizations, national governments, universities, school districts, businesses, researchers, civil society organizations, service providers, hospitals, communities and individuals is a potential opportunity to learn about mitigating an infectious disease. It is also a personal opportunity to learn and reflect on our individual responses to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic overlaps with the Baha’i month of fasting when Baha’is are encouraged to focus on spiritual development and service as we abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for 19 days. So, I decided to dedicate my meditation and reflection during this Fast on the concepts of illness, disease, health and healing in the Baha’i Writings. Continue reading