Kim Krisberg

About Kim Krisberg

Kim Krisberg is a freelance public health reporter living in Austin, Texas, and has been writing about public health for more than 15 years. Follow me on Twitter — @kkrisberg — or send me story ideas at

Study: Trust in science spiked after media coverage of Zika vaccine trial

Public trust in science is a fickle creature. Surveys show a clear majority of Americans believe science has positively impacted society, and they’re more likely to trust scientists on issues like climate change and vaccines. On the other hand, surveys also find that factors like politics, religion, age and race can greatly impact the degree of that trust. It presents a delicate challenge for agencies that depend on trust in science to do their jobs.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:08+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Report: U.S. funding for global health research saves lives and creates American jobs

U.S. investments in global health research have saved millions of lives and prevented immeasurable suffering. And by working to detect, treat and eventually eliminate infectious diseases worldwide, we’re protecting our own country too. That cliché about diseases knowing no borders is unfortunately very true. All that alone should be enough to remain committed to the cause.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:35+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

The feds grant billions in contracts to shipbuilders with serious worker safety lapses; Texas lawmakers want to undo an Austin initiative that protects construction workers; Chevron agrees to highest fine in Cal/OSHA history after refinery fire; and Democrats hope to ban a dangerous pesticide after EPA fails to act.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:34+00:00 July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Study: ACA-backed efforts to reduce hospital readmissions also reduced mortality

With the future of the Affordable Care Act still up in the air, most of the news coverage has gone to insurance coverage, premiums and Medicaid. And rightly so. But also included in the massive health reform law were a number of innovative measures to improve the quality and value of the medical care we actually get in the doctor’s office. With repeal still on the table, those measures are at risk too.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:35+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Study: Cuts to Texas’ family planning budget led to more abortion, unintended teen pregnancy

In 2011, Texas legislators slashed the state’s family planning budget by 67 percent. The justification? To reduce abortions by defunding clinics associated with an abortion provider (read: Planned Parenthood). Now, it turns out Texas legislators actually accomplished the opposite: narrowing access to family planning services only led to more unplanned pregnancies and more abortions.

By | 2017-07-15T16:08:21+00:00 July 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Uber's new insurance plan won't do much to protect its injured workers; investigation finds 1,000 additional black lung cases in Appalachia; Washington state welcomes a new paid family leave law; and St. Louis workers face a pay cut after state legislators overturn the city's minimum wage hike.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:44+00:00 July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Five-part series investigates worker safety and lax accountability at nuclear facilities; workers at port trucking companies in Southern California report conditions mirroring indentured servitude; seventh journalist murdered in Mexico since beginning of 2017; and a new farmworkers union is born in Washington.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:37+00:00 June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

We’re close to universal insurance coverage for kids. The GOP health care bills would reverse that.

The House and Senate health care bills are overflowing with proposals that will strip Americans of access to quality, affordable health care. But perhaps the cruelest part is what they do to children — the most vulnerable and powerless among us. Children can’t show up at the ballot box to protect their health and so it truly is up to the rest of us.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:37+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|2 Comments