Health & Human Services

Need a COVID-19 Vaccine? Visit Your Local Transit Center

Transit agencies across the country are giving free rides to vaccine sites and some are hosting clinics in their facilities.

When to Reopen

COMMENTARY | Let’s stop pretending that pandemic rules that made sense in April 2020 still make sense a year later.

Covid Racial Disparities Loom Large in Rural Counties

As federal and state government officials ramp up vaccination efforts, white people outpace people of color in getting vaccinated.

12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year

The Guardian and Kaiser Health News investigated U.S. health care worker deaths during the pandemic, providing a window into the workings and failures of the nation's health system.

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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.

The Futility of Vaccine Passports

Domestic vaccine passports are fine on the surface, but they don’t provide help to the people who need it most.

An Unexpected Boon to America’s Vaccine Towns

Out-of-towners looking for shots are unintentionally lifting local economies after a tough year.

GOP Governors Take Action to Block Covid ‘Vaccine Passports’

The Biden administration is making clear it is not planning to pursue a federal proof-of-vaccination program.

Missouri ‘Voted for This Lie,’ Says State Rep Trying to Block Medicaid Expansion

Even with extra federal dollars and a flush budget, Show Me State Republicans are putting up roadblocks to the voter-approved constitutional amendment that would give 275,000 people health insurance.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes Anti-transgender Bill

The legislation would prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth.

Vermont Is 1st State to Give Minority Residents Vaccine Priority

Covid cases have disproportionately affected the state's Black residents, so officials are moving them to the front of the line for vaccination before the state expands eligibility to all.

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.

Washington produces about 8 million seedlings a year for reforestation on state and private lands, but many other states have closed nurseries or cut production in recent years, leaving small forest owners without a crucial supply of trees.

Moms do More Parenting When Working From Home

COMMENTARY | “It turns out that when the mother is working remotely and her partner isn’t, she ends up taking on a ton more responsibilities,” says one of the authors of a new study on the topic.

Vaccinating the Vulnerable, One Church at a Time

Most states have vaccinated a disproportionate share of white residents.

The Hidden Toll of Remote Work

Switching to Zoom forever might be convenient, but it’s a recipe for loneliness.

‘It Didn’t Really Stick With Me’: Understanding the Rural Shrug Over Covid and Vaccines

Fort Scott, Kansas, was hit hard by the pandemic, and it no longer has a hospital. But residents remain skeptical about the impact of the coronavirus.

The Clock is Ticking to Deploy Rapid Antigen Tests Before They Expire: A Practical Guide for States and Partners

COMMENTARY | Covid-19 rapid tests can return results within minutes. To save millions of unused rapid tests nationwide from expiring, there are several strategies states can employ to expand crucial testing efforts.

Connecticut Using Canvassing, ‘Virtual House Parties’ to Coax Black and Latino Residents to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

The $2.9 million initiative funded by the federal government will focus on knocking on doors through Labor Day to boost vaccination rates among these groups.

The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different.

A deadlier and more transmissible variant has taken root, but now we have the tools to stop it if we want.

How Two States Resolved Problems with PrepMod’s Vaccine Management System

Virginia and Maryland both experienced issues with vaccine appointment link sharing. Virginia opted to develop its own vaccine management platform, while Maryland worked with the vendor.