Public health officials call on HHS to restore grant funding for preventing teen pregnancies

In July, public health departments across the country got a letter from the Trump administration abruptly cutting off funding for teen pregnancy prevention efforts in the middle of the program’s grant cycle. The move means that many teens will miss out on receiving an education that could — quite literally — change the trajectory of their lives.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|1 Comment

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

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

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

Occupational Health News Roundup

Immigrant workers who get injured at work now fearful about accessing workers' comp; women ironworkers win six months of paid maternity leave; many home health workers still going without health insurance coverage; and a health care union declares itself a sanctuary for immigrants.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:32+00:00 April 18th, 2017|1 Comment