Articles by Kerry Scott

Associate, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA & Independent research consultant, Bangalore, India

What’s the opposite of historical trauma?

Posted in articles by on May 24, 2019

American Indian scholar Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart developed the concept of historical trauma in relation to the cumulative emotional harm of colonialism. The term has since been applied to the legacies of slavery, genocide, and war as well. These events reverberate through generations, whether through social processes or epigenetics, … Read more »

Social science researchers’ musings on power and health systems

Posted in articles by , , , and on December 14, 2018

Several recent prominent global health events – the Health Systems Research Symposium in Liverpool, and the Women Leaders in Global Health event in London among them – demonstrated interest in the role of power in health systems and in health systems research.  A group of interested researchers and practitioners affiliated … Read more »

“Lackeys or liberators” revisited: Community health workers and health system accountability

Posted in articles by , and on June 16, 2017

Earlier this week, a group of 30 researchers, program implementers, and activists met in Washington, DC, to develop a research agenda on “community health worker voice, power, and citizens’ right to health.” The meeting was convened by Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program and American University’s Accountability Research … Read more »

Getting our priorities straight

Posted in articles by and on February 19, 2016

    “We don’t want anything. We don’t need a single rupee or tea but only do something on water and give us drinking water”. – Hiren(a pseudonym), male, village health, sanitation and nutrition committee members, rural northern India   While conducting an implementation research study in a marginalized area … Read more »

How do we manage disparity?

Posted in articles by on May 22, 2015

How do we manage disparity? I’m not talking about the recommendations we make in our reports on the social determinants and how to address healthcare inequality. I’m talking about how we live our lives. Our work is full of accounts of injustice. While there are success stories, policy victories and … Read more »