What We're Reading: Staff Picks of 2017

For our last What We're Reading of the year, we've rounded up our staff's favorite articles of the year. What were your favorite picks of 2017?

Amy's Pick: "To feed a growing population, farms chew away at Madagascar's forests" by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor in Mongabay.com.

"I am grateful to have been a part of Health In Harmony's scouting trip to Madagascar this year, and I appreciated how this article highlighted the interconnected challenges of health and nutrition, ecosystem degradation, and poverty that we saw there. Our team spent a full week carrying out Radical Listening exercises in various villages, and we agree with the article's conclusions that addressing root causes and deeply engaging with communities are the ways forward."

-- Amy Krzyzek, International Partnerships Manager


Darya's Pick: "Health at a planetary scale" by Howard Frumkin and Sam Myers in Politico.

"This article was part of Politico's The Agenda 2020 series, which focused on planetary health this year. The authors so beautifully break down the silos that have traditionally kept health and conservation apart, making the case that 'human beings cannot thrive [...] while degrading the ecological support systems that sustain us.' A must read for anyone who believes in Health In Harmony's mission."


Jonathan's Pick: "How to save the rainforest: Build a health centre" by Yao-Hua Law in Mosaic Science.

"Our pioneering planetary health approach explained beautifully. We weave healthcare, people's livelihoods and conservation into one tapestry. Prosperous society, healthy forests!"

-- Jonathan Jennings, Executive Director


Kari and Kinari's Pick: "Upstream watershed condition predicts rural children's health across 35 developing countries" by Diego Herrera, et al. in Nature Communications.

"This study looked at over 300,000 children from 35 countries and shows that upstream watershed tree-cover has effects on the risk of diarrheal diseases for rural communities, i.e. direct health issues and potential lifelong effects caused by forest cover loss. The health of people and the environment are linked; we know it to be true, but hard to find cases in the literature that spell it out so clearly. Also, one of HIH's former volunteers, Time Treuer, was part of this study. Go TIM!"

-- Kari Malen, International Program Director


"I love to have such great data on the direct interconnectedness of human and environmental health on a global scale."

-- Dr. Kinari Webb, Founder


Lisa's Pick: "Africa's new elite force: Women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life" by Jeff Barbee in The Guardian.

"Thought this was a great program. Not only protects the land, our ecosystem, and wildlife it gives women such a sense of empowerment!"

-- Lisa Hillerns, Office Coordinator


Martini's Pick: "New orangutan species is world's most endangered great ape" by Jeanna Bryner in LiveScience.

"Because a new great ape species is super exciting! I'm interested to see how the conservation world responds to this: will there be a greater focus and funding coming to the area and what will that look like?"

-- Martini Morris, Grants Manager


Trina's Pick: "Global forest loss disproportionately erodes biodiversity in intact landscapes" by Matthew G. Betts, et al. in Nature.

"This paper is from scientists here in Oregon trying to understand how best to protect biodiversity and finding out that it makes the most sense to focus on relatively intact parts of the forest - further reinforcing the HIH model."

-- Trina Jones, Managing Director


About Darya Minovi | View all posts by Darya Minovi

Darya is the Communications and Outreach Manager at Health In Harmony, based in Portland, OR. After studying Public Health and Environmental Policy at the College of William and Mary, Darya knew she wanted to dedicate her career to protecting human and environmental health. When she's not at work, you can find Darya enjoying the great outdoors, exploring Portland's farmers markets, or watching live music.