Health & Human Services

How Food Became the Perfect Beachhead for Gentrification

COMMENTARY | Ethnic food is cheap, and it appeals to adventurous eaters. Real estate agents and investors have caught on.

Cities See Trash Cleanup Programs as a Way to Combat Homelessness

“At first, I said, ‘Picking up trash?’ I had to let my pride go—and I did.”

Public Health Departments Need 80,000 New Employees. But That's Not Enough for Another Pandemic.

A recent analysis found that state and local health agencies should increase staffing levels by 80% just to deliver basic services. Federal Covid-19 relief money can pay for some positions, but stability requires permanent funding.

Snip Snip: One Plan to Mandate Vasectomies to Prevent Pregnancies

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said his “parody legislation,” outlined in a sponsorship memo, is meant to garner discussion about reproductive rights.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Why Aren’t We Even Talking About Easing Covid Restrictions?

COMMENTARY | Yes, it’s too soon to lift restrictions. But it’s odd that there are no clear benchmarks for getting there.

How Public Health Officials Overcame Vaccine Barriers in Minority Communities

A series of reports issued by the Communivax Coalition explores resistance to Covid-19 vaccinations in four states and strategies to improve immunization rates.

America Is Running Out of Everything

COMMENTARY | The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive.

Afghans Steered to States with ‘Help Wanted’ Signs, Pro-Immigrant Bent

A steel mill and a chocolate factory are among the businesses desperate to hire Afghans.

Why States are Expanding Domestic Violence Laws to Include Emotional Abuse

Connecticut is the latest state to do so, updating its laws to provide new protections for people victimized by damaging psychological tactics and controlling behavior.

As Heat Waves Intensify, Tens of Thousands of US Classrooms Will Be Too Hot for Students To Learn In

America’s public schools, which are over 40 years old on average, are not equipped to handle rising temperatures due to climate change, a new study reveals.

My Dad Is Dead. His Landlord Just Evicted Him.

COMMENTARY | A jumble of complicated and unexpected logistical tasks can fall into your lap after a loved one dies.

The Opioid Crisis Isn’t the Same in Every Place

COMMENTARY | New research highlights communities most at risk for opioid overdose deaths and most in need of services.

CDC Director: ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ to Get Your Booster

While some Pfizer recipients can now get an extra shot, federal officials are still mum on what’s next for the at-risk individuals who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid-19 Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for the coronavirus are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter.

How America Dropped to No. 36

The U.S. has fallen far behind in distributing the vaccines that it pioneered.

How Early Childhood Care Differs Between Better and Worse Off Families

New research finds that kids from households on higher socioeconomic rungs tend to spend less time with their parents, but also receive higher quality care.

NYC Transit Riders Who Go Maskless Run Risk of $50 Fines

The penalty was put in place last year, but officials now say they plan to ramp up enforcement.

The States With the Weakest and Strongest Social Safety Nets

New research allows for easy comparisons of how states stack up based on a variety of social welfare and pro-labor policies, and also offers a look at economic outcomes in each place.

Supply of Antibody Drugs Could Drop in Some States as Feds Take Over Distribution

The Biden administration announced the new policy after a handful of states, most of them with low vaccination rates, accounted for nearly three-fourths of orders for the Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatment.

‘Love Your Block’ Grants Headed to Rural and Urban Cities

Each city will receive $100,000 and expert help from Cities of Service to quell the negative impact of abandoned and deteriorating properties.