For immigrant women, vaccination vs. self-determination

by Michelle Chen on April 2 2009, 6:54AM

Immigrants arrive prepared to make sacrifices in order to settle in this country. But amid the many economic, cultural and bureaucratic hurdles they must negotiate, they probably didn’t anticipate women’s reproductive health rights were part of the bargain. But…

Topics: Health, Immigration

The face of health inequity in Mississippi

by Michelle Chen on March 27 2009, 6:54AM

Imagine being sick and out of work, with a couple of miles and no car standing between you and the nearest public benefits office. You need medical care, but would you travel all that way to prove to the…

Topics: Health

Moving on from Plan B

by Michelle Chen on March 24 2009, 2:10PM

A federal court decision yesterday ordering the Food and Drug Administration to revisit a longstanding age restriction on “Plan B” emergency contraception could unblock a crucial birth-control option for underserved youth. The court found that the FDA’s 2006 decision…

Topics: Health

A Step Closer To Universal Health Care?

by Flávio Casoy on March 24 2009, 12:00PM

Op-ed: A medical student shares his top three questions on health care reform.

Topics: Health

Soldiers of color and the weight of war

by Michelle Chen on March 20 2009, 5:27PM

The Americans putting their lives on the line in combat are dying by their own hands at an alarming rate. The Army recently reported 133 confirmed suicides last year; 18 soldiers killed themselves in February alone. The public knows…

Topics: Health

Talking about sex, finally

by Michelle Chen on March 18 2009, 11:50AM

In the wake of alarming reports about the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the Black community and misconceptions on sexual health abroad, the question of how and when to teach youth about sex has gained new urgency. Congress now has…

Topics: Health

The Pope’s Condom Condemnation

by Terry Keleher on March 18 2009, 6:00AM

photo credit: AP It’s one thing for Pope Benedict XVI to have a religious and moral position against condoms. But it’s a whole other thing to assert, as he did yesterday, that the distribution of condoms to prevent the…

Topics: Health

Health in Detention

by Michelle Chen on March 17 2009, 3:00PM

New reports from human rights groups issue a grim prognosis for the health of detained immigrants. Focusing on inadequacies in medical care for female detainees, Human Rights Watch documented abuses ranging from “delays in medical treatment and testing in…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Reproductive health in lockdown

by Michelle Chen on March 12 2009, 6:08PM

For many women behind bars, barriers to reproductive health follow them from their communities to their prison cells. A study published in the current issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health found that an incarcerated woman’s ability to…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health

Mental health behind bars

by Michelle Chen on March 12 2009, 2:15PM

Florida’s housing market may be imploding and residents may be losing houses at unprecedented rates, but lawmakers have apparently taken pains to give people with mental illness a place to call home… in the state’s prisons. Florida is on…

Topics: Health

Branching out in the stem cell debate

by Michelle Chen on March 11 2009, 1:45PM

President Obama’s executive order to open up federal funding for stem cell research has been widely hailed as a watershed for scientific integrity and medical advancement. Yet, while much of the popular focus has been on using embryonic stem…

Topics: Health

Q&A: Nawal Nour

by Elizabeth Barajas-Roman on March 10 2009, 12:00PM

The MacArthur Genius is training healthcare providers to work with African women who’ve undergone female genital circumcision.

Topics: Health

Prescription for inequality

by Michelle Chen on March 4 2009, 3:33PM

The recent discussions on race and health in the activist community coincide with a festering crisis in one part of the immigrant population: the treatment of detainees—marginalized by law from the mainstream health system—is a marker of the depth of…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Community Health on the Frontlines

by Michelle Chen on March 3 2009, 4:32PM

There’s a lot of hooplah these days about Obama’s political maneuvers on health policy, but health care reform is getting a more subtle, but no less systemic boost in the new stimulus package. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act…

Topics: Health

Afraid of What Tomorrow Brings

by Guest Columnist on March 3 2009, 6:00AM

This entry is brought to you by Washington CAN, guest on today’s Race & Health Conference Call, part of the bi-weekly Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forum. Written by: Amal Abdulrahman For eight years, I was the interpreter for my…

Topics: Health

Don’t Forget to RSVP to this week’s Race & Health Call

by Jorge Rivas on February 27 2009, 5:00PM

Join the conference call forum for an exchange on moving a proactive health equity agenda that benefits all of us. March 3rd "Race and Health" (call at 1PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern) An affordable and accessible healthcare system is not…

Topics: Health

Taking their lives

by Michelle Chen on February 27 2009, 11:51AM

Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Dana Lee Jetty, a North Dakota high school student and member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, shared the story of her last encounter with her sister: I walked towards the back of the house and…

Topics: Health

The picture of health, in color

by Michelle Chen on February 13 2009, 3:30PM

Two new studies examine how race colors the health care system, revealing new angles on environmental and social influences on the health of Blacks and Latinos. A study by National Cancer Institute researchers found that crippling health care costs…

Topics: Health

Understanding AIDS in the Black community

by Michelle Chen on February 6 2009, 1:28PM

A new report on AIDS in Black America, published this week by the Black AIDS Institute, reveals how HIV and AIDS have impacted the Black community and how racial health disparities are fueling an epidemic. Among the findings, new statistics…

Topics: Health

An ugly portrait

by Michelle Chen on January 29 2009, 12:41PM

Sometimes cold statistics can make disturbing truths more real. A new report, “A Portrait of Mississippi,” underscores racial disparities that, while not surprising, have seldom been so intricately documented until now.’ The study is an offshoot of Measure of America…

Topics: Economy, Health