Issues, Components and Principles of Health Equity

What is Health Equity? Health equity refers to the principle that all individuals should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, regardless of their social or economic circumstances. It is a concept rooted in social justice and fairness, aiming to eliminate health disparities and achieve a state where everyone has an equal […]

What is Public Health?

What is public health? Public health promotes and protects the health of all people and their communities. This science-based, evidence-backed field strives to give everyone a safe place to live, learn, work and play.   Why is public health important? Public health improves our quality of life, helps children thrive, reduces human suffering and saves […]

The Genderbread Person 3.0 By Maggie Thomas

By Maggie Thomas Accessible resources for public education about gender diversity are critical to increasing understanding and solidarity with LGBTQ Americans, many of whom are fearful in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election. Greater public knowledge could reduce fear and discrimination towards gender and sexually diverse people, which may be essential to their safety as the […]

Reproductive Justice: What It Means and Why It Matters (Now, More Than Ever)

By Osub Ahmed | Christy M. Gamble, Black Women’s Health Imperative “What is reproductive justice?”  This is almost always the first question we are asked when describing the Black Women’s Health Imperative’s work in reproductive justice and sexual health. Oftentimes, people think the term reproductive justice is synonymous with reproductive rights. However, the two are distinctly and philosophically different. Reproductive […]

Communicating Sexual Health for Somali Youth

By Caroline Kingori Young people in the US between the ages of 15 and 24 bear a disproportionate burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Nearly 50% of reported STIs occur in this age range. While these rates vary by different ethnic and racial groups, immigrant and refugee populations have poorer sexual health outcomes. One third […]

Common Plastics Chemical Tied to Higher Odds for Postpartum Depression

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter Moms with higher prenatal levels of plastics chemicals known as phthalates may face a slightly increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study. Postpartum depression affects up to 20% of new mothers, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. That makes it the most common post-delivery pregnancy complication. […]

Climate Change’s Hotter Days Could Bring More Alcohol, Drug Crises

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter Sweltering temperatures appear to fuel drug-related hospital visits, a problem that could be worsening with climate change, a new study suggests. “We saw that during periods of higher temperatures, there was a corresponding increase in hospital visits related to alcohol and substance use, which also brings attention to some less […]

Buying Marijuana Online Easy for Minors, Study Finds

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter The lax enforcement of age limits by many online marijuana dispensaries makes it easier for minors to buy weed, claims new research that looked at online weed sales in 32 states. “It is imperative to require strict age-verification procedures prior to cannabis purchases online and to establish stringent surveillance of […]

Stigma, Even Harm Common When Transgender People Meet With Doctor

By Sarah D. Collins HealthDay Reporter Transgender people have a tough time receiving adequate medical care due to issues like voyeurism, being treated as abnormal and even being denied care due to their gender identity, a new study finds. “I would say what I read was not surprising at all, based on things I have […]

Humans Outperform AI in Interpreting Chest X-Rays

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter AI tools may help boost radiologists’ confidence in their diagnoses, but they can’t be relied on to identify common lung diseases on chest X-rays, a new study says. Researchers pitted 72 radiologists against four commercially AI tools in an analysis of more than 2,000 X-rays. The human experts won, according […]

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