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Black Women Can’t Afford to Be Silent on Health Care Reform

by Guest Columnist on December 9 2009, 4:32PM

By Talia Whyte This post originally appeared at The Grio. Health care reform has been a hot topic for months, but abortion rights might now actually be the deal breaker in whether or not health care legislation passes. This…

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Asian American Women Battle Depression

by Leticia Miranda on December 9 2009, 12:00PM

A new study links mental health to time spent in the U.S.

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In Health Debate, GOP Plays the Slavery Card—and Loses

by Michelle Chen on December 8 2009, 8:18AM

Conservatives on the Hill were shocked—shocked!—when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared conservatives’ obstructionism on health care reform to resistance, in an earlier era, to the abolition of that “peculiar institution.” “Outrageous!” cried Rush Limbaugh, following up with a…

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Indian Health and Abortion Rights: A Dose of Hope Laced with Poison Pills

by Michelle Chen on December 3 2009, 8:00AM

Though it has lurked on the sidelines in the national health care debate, Indian Health Services is one instructive example of a government-run health system that, for all its faults, serves as a fraying lifeline for impoverished communities devastated…

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We Should Be Worried About More Than Stupak

by on November 30 2009, 5:28PM

Once again, policy makers are dedicating themselves to making laws to mess with the reproductive lives of poor women of color. In the most recent iteration, a little known provision tucked into the congressional health care bill would require mothers…

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The Danger of Testing for Sickle Cell

by Aisha De Avila-Shin on November 25 2009, 12:00PM

Colleges are screening for the blood disorder, but will this be another round of discrimination?

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High-Stakes of Stupak-Pitts Amendment for Women of Color

by Guest Columnist on November 18 2009, 6:03AM

Written by Juhu Thukral, Director of Law and Advocacy, The Opportunity Agenda A few Saturdays ago, on November 7th, I was at the annual SisterSong meeting, a gathering of about 300 reproductive justice advocates. What was exhilarating and unusual about…

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Health and Justice Now: California Women of Color Demand Health Care for All

by Guest Columnist on November 12 2009, 12:52PM

By Rocio Córdoba and Destiny Lopez During Saturday’s historic vote on health care reform, the House jeopardized the health and well-being of women with the passage of the Stupak amendment, which would eliminate abortion coverage from both private and public…

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SF Dept. Of Public Health Maps Out Severity of HIV Cases

by Leticia Miranda on November 12 2009, 10:00AM

The San Francisco Department of Public Health recently put together a map of city residents with the most severe HIV cases. And, no they’re not in the flamingly white gay male Castro district. They live in two San Pancho…

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What Does the Overhauling of Health Care Mean for Young People?

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2009, 1:18PM

Youth Outlook, a journal that chronicles the world through the eyes and voice of young people, has an interesting take on the current health care debate. So, what does the overhauling of health care mean for young people? According to…

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Health care: Why Kucinich Voted No

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 1:23PM

On Saturday night, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, a bill that would expand healthcare coverage to U.S. citizens and legal residents. via Democracy Now: The bill has been described…

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Black AIDS: Complex Risk Factors Defy Easy Explanations

by Michelle Chen on October 31 2009, 6:43AM

In the political minefield surrounding the AIDS epidemic, myth and fact often trip over each other, especially in communities most deeply scarred by the disease. The striking prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Black Americans has set off much speculation and confusion….

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Public Option Please!

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 1:36PM

Health care advocates from across the country have recently launched, Public Option Please, a campaign to shift the discussion from stiff statistics to human rights. “With all this talk about “bending the cost curve,” it has become as dull,…

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Lawmakers Push Health Care Reform in Indian Country

by Leticia Miranda on October 23 2009, 11:05AM

As the health care reform debate rages on in Congress about a public option, some lawmakers are trying to get legislation through that would make health care free for tribal Indians and improve health services in Indian Country. New…

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Warning from the Rez

by Leticia Miranda on October 14 2009, 12:00PM

American Indians deal with pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive over-medicating.

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Latinos Face Cancer Scourge

by Christina Hernandez on October 14 2009, 12:00PM

A web of structural factors, including lack of health insurance, contribute to the wave of diagnoses.

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Young Invincibles Weigh in on Healthcare

by Tammy Johnson on October 14 2009, 11:49AM

The Center for Community Change has launched an effort that inserts yet another voice into the current healthcare debate: young people. The prevailing perception of 20-somethings is that they are at the peak of their health. But the numbers…

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Let’s Talk About Race And Health

by Tammy Johnson on October 9 2009, 10:13AM

We don’t have a well-crafted message to deal with the immigrant issue right now.” Said the messaging expert at a national convening of health care advocates that I attended a year ago. So the response to the “problem” was no…

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Celebrating Henrietta Lacks’ “Immortal” Life After Death

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 1:49PM

By Darlene Pagano Today is the 58th anniversary of the death of Henrietta Lacks, a mother of five who lived in Turners Station (Baltimore) Maryland, an historically Black community. In 1951, at age 31, she died of cervical cancer, which…

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Die Quickly, You Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

by Tracy Kronzak on October 2 2009, 6:00AM

Congressman Alan Grayson rocked my little world this week. When I talked about fighting fire with fire last week, this is exactly what I meant. The Republicans want you to die quickly. Insurance companies want you to die quickly….

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