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

Report: House GOP health care bill would spark job losses, economic downturns across the country

Despite glowing reviews from the House GOP about their health care bill, the people that actually crunch the numbers say it’ll likely mean millions more uninsured and higher premiums for people in poorer health. Now comes more bad news: it’ll also result in more than 900,000 lost jobs and billions in lost state revenue.

By | 2017-06-16T17:49:22+00:00 June 16th, 2017|4 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Indonesian workers who make Ivanka Trump's clothing line report poverty wages and unjust working conditions; Colorado lawmakers adopt law providing workers' comp for injured workers; Trump administration rescinds more Obama-era labor rules; and Walmart workers report being punished for taking sick leave.

By | 2018-01-14T15:43:46+00:00 June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Zika remains a serious threat. Federal funding cuts will make the problem even worse.

Last year’s emergency Zika funding is about to run out and there’s no new money in the pipeline. It’s emblematic of the kind of short-term, reactive policymaking that public health officials have been warning us about for years. Now, as we head into summer, public health again faces a dangerous, highly complex threat along with an enormous funding gap.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:09+00:00 June 13th, 2017|1 Comment

Trump’s budget is a disaster for public health: ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu’

When you ask public health advocates about President Trump’s recent budget proposal, you typically get a bewildered pause. Public health people don’t like to exaggerate — they follow the science, they stay calm, they face off against dangerous threats on a regular basis. Exaggerating doesn’t help contain diseases, it only makes it harder. So it’s concerning when you hear words like this about Trump’s budget: “devastating,” “not serious,” “ludicrous,” “unfathomable.”

By | 2018-01-14T15:37:45+00:00 June 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

Congressional lawmakers propose protections for undocumented farmworkers; the Trump administration takes aim at workplace civil rights enforcement; federal legislation would provide benefits for gig economy workers; and poultry workers get nearly $600,000 in back wages.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:39+00:00 May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

More research that defunding Planned Parenthood simply leaves women without needed health care

To the surprise of literally no one, President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed stripping all federal funds, including Medicaid dollars, from Planned Parenthood. Proponents of this argue that if Planned Parenthood clinics end up shuttered, women can simply access care elsewhere. But growing research shows that’s the opposite of what actually happens.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:10+00:00 May 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The PRIDE Study is open for enrollment: People are ‘hungry to be heard and represented’

Last week, researchers officially opened enrollment in the nation’s first decades-long study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer health — an effort they hope will transform our understanding of the health challenges LGBTQ people face and begin narrowing a giant data gap on their physical, mental and social well-being.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:10+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|4 Comments

Study: U.S. Zika burden could cost billions in medical care, lost productivity

A Zika attack rate of just 1 percent across the six states most at risk for the mosquito-borne disease could result in $1.2 billion in medical costs and lost productivity, a new study finds. That’s more than the $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding that Congress approved last year after months of delay and which is expected to run out this summer.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:10+00:00 May 18th, 2017|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

A historical look at the 'radium girls' and their legacy of worker justice; OSHA's website for receiving injury and illness logs not accepting submissions; California farmworkers sickened by pesticide after Trump's EPA reverses course on a probable ban; and former Walmart employees file class-action lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:42+00:00 May 16th, 2017|0 Comments