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To breathe free

by Michelle Chen on June 3 2009, 8:53PM

The connection between housing and child development has attracted considerable public fascination—most recently with the dissection of how young Sonia Sotomayor, growing up in a Bronx housing project, “overcame the odds.” One New York advocacy group is putting a…

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Profits and equity in health reform

by Michelle Chen on May 12 2009, 10:02PM

The healthcare industry brought us some good news this week: after years of astronomical spending growth and tens of millions left with no coverage, lobbyists have purportedly gotten religion on health care reform. Advocates for private insurers and other industry…

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Wasted minds

by Michelle Chen on May 6 2009, 10:15PM

The debate over the public cost of prisons has focused largely the drain on taxpayer funds and social services. Now there’s evidence that it may be costing us our sanity, too. An article in the May/June issue of Health…

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We’re Sick of Not Being Heard - Redux

by Guest Columnist on April 23 2009, 12:43PM

By Gerald Smith That’s what immigrants are saying again in health care institutions across the U.S., where interpretation and translation services are severely lacking. This time, it’s coming from Washington D.C. Just a few weeks after RaceWire published the latest…

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Sorority Discusses Latina Suicides

by Jorge Rivas on April 22 2009, 7:58AM

One in six Latinas will attempt suicide between the ages of 11 and 17. That was just one of the statistics students heard Monday night at El Silencio: Latino Teenage Suicide, a workshop hosted by Penn state’s Chi Upsilon…

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Sickness and health in East Harlem

by Michelle Chen on April 17 2009, 6:22PM

East Harlem has emerged as a flashpoint in the crossroads of science, public health and social inequity. An extensive study based at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center has released new findings about health risks that plague children of…

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Something in the air

by Michelle Chen on April 16 2009, 9:10PM

It took about a dozen years, but the Environmental Protection Agency is finally implementing plans to evaluate the health risks related to certain chemicals in pesticides. The testing program, part of the Food Quality Protection Act passed in 1996,…

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Silence = death (reprise)

by Michelle Chen on April 14 2009, 3:52PM

Some serious dissonance is permeating the public dialogue on HIV/AIDS: while the problem continues to roil in communities around the country, acutely impacting Blacks and Latinos, public consciousness of the problem has faded. According to survey research by the…

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We Are Sick of Not Being Heard [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 8 2009, 4:48PM

Lucila DeLoera of Nampa, Idaho, took her 75-year-old mother Maria to a local hospital for knee surgery. But Maria couldn’t understand her nurses and none of them spoke Spanish either. Because of work, Lucila couldn’t be with her mother…

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Illinois Latinos, Blacks Experiencing High Health Disparities

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2009, 8:54AM

via New America Media CHICAGO — More than half the whites in Illinois consider themselves in excellent health, compared with 42.9% of African Americans and only 28.4% of Latinos. Meanwhile, 84.7% of whites have a primary health provider, compared with…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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