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Disease outbreak guarantees: A proposal to build public health capacity in developing nations (rerun)

While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from July 2016: In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted a revised version of its International Health Regulations, a legally binding treaty among 196 nations to boost global health security and strengthen the world’s capacity to confront serious disease threats such as Ebola and SARS. A decade later, just one-third of countries have the ability to respond to a public health emergency. That’s why Rebecca Katz thinks it’s time to get creative.

By | 2016-12-28T11:40:04+00:00 December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Two decades after welfare reform, more deep poverty and fewer college degrees (rerun)

While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from August 2016: Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” (PRWORA) and heralded the end of “welfare as we know it.” The law lived up to that promise, but the outcomes for families who depend on it have been problematic.

By | 2018-01-14T15:03:02+00:00 December 27th, 2016|4 Comments

Drop in preterm births followed Colorado’s rise in long-acting contraception use (rerun)

While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from February 2016: A study finds the odds of preterm birth were lower among Colorado women living in counties served by Title X clinics, which began offering free access to IUDs and contraceptive implants in 2009.

By | 2016-12-27T11:00:17+00:00 December 27th, 2016|0 Comments

A Tribute to Steve Wing

Dr. Steve Wing's voice, courage and integrity touched the lives of many. I have yet to meet anyone so intertwined with both science and social movements. His legacy will continue through the ongoing struggles for justice and social change.

By | 2018-01-11T10:42:51+00:00 November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Reset the Doomsday Clock?

Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have suggested their respective administration's would have more aggressive nuclear weapons policies. Knowing that, I wonder if it's time to consider moving the hands of the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.

By | 2016-09-07T17:29:54+00:00 September 7th, 2016|8 Comments

Federal oversight of Cal/OSHA – What is it good for?

The most recent annual Federal OSHA evaluation report of Cal/OSHA highlights progress made in some areas, but continuing failure to meet several minimum federal benchmarks as well as requirements of California law.  The underlying causes of these ongoing problems are chronic understaffing of field compliance officers and a lack of political will in the agency’s leadership. 

By | 2018-01-16T11:44:16+00:00 August 31st, 2016|1 Comment

Cherry-picked workplace injury statistics hides the toll of injuries, illness and deaths in California

A closer look at the latest available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that injury and illness stats for California show the state has worse, not better, rates of worker injuries and illnesses than national levels or the performance of other major industrial states. The “but we have better stats” response from state officials cannot be used to justify the failure of the Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA to fill 38 vacant field compliance officer positions that have been fully funded since July 2015.

By | 2018-01-16T11:44:32+00:00 August 17th, 2016|3 Comments