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Tennessee’s Jekyll and Hyde Moment: Should Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs Be Treated as Criminals?

By Sara Satinsky: Should pregnant women who use drugs be charged as criminals or given help? From a public health perspective the choice is clear: provide treatment to help women quit drugs before their use harms their child. Less than a year ago, Tennessee adopted a progressive policy to provide such treatment, but now is on the brink of taking a big step back.

By | 2014-04-23T09:38:41+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|7 Comments

What can we learn from the cholera epidemic in Haiti?

Cholera had spared Haiti for a century or more, so it was not unreasonable that people asked where did the pathogen come from in 2010. But public health people might have explained that the question was a distraction. Why so? Very simply, knowing how Vibrio cholerae arrived in Haiti would not help control its spread or prevent future outbreaks.

By | 2014-03-25T17:16:26+00:00 March 25th, 2014|5 Comments

Do Corporations Have a Right to Profit From Endangering Our Health?

By Jonathan Heller. Author Nicholas Freudenberg advocates that we "return to the public sector the right to set health policy and to limit corporations’ freedom to profit at the expense of public health.” We should also think specifically about obligations corporations have to their workers, at a time when the minimum wage is inadequate, wage theft is common among low-wage workers, and millions of US workers lack paid sick time.

By | 2014-03-04T12:36:19+00:00 March 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Genocide is a Public Health Problem

The New York Times editorial page warns that genocide looms in the Central African Republic. It's worth re-reading a Commentary from Elihu Richter in the Journal of Public Health Policy, which focuses on the Rwandan genocide but is relevant today.

By | 2014-02-19T13:09:51+00:00 February 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Public Housing, Public Health and the Public Interest

The quality of public housing is a key determinant of health among low-income populations, but much of the public housing in the United States is in disrepair – unhealthy, unsafe, even uninhabitable. A health impact assessment of San Francisco's Rental Assistance Demonstration project highlights some of the considerations for local governments working to assure safe, well-maintained housing for their most vulnerable residents.

By | 2014-02-18T12:55:58+00:00 February 18th, 2014|1 Comment