Health & Human Services

CDC: 4 in 10 Transgender Women Tested Positive for HIV in Major Cities

The report shows the unequal toll HIV still exerts — with particular consequence for Black women and Latinas.

A First-of-its-kind Investment in Home Care is in the Works. But Will it be Enough?

The American Jobs plan would allocate $400 billion to assist in home health care, a historic investment, but one expert says it may not be enough.

Overcoming Roadblocks to Evidence-Based Policy Making

COMMENTARY | Promising initiatives like the California Policy Lab show how governments can take greater advantage of data.

One Change that Could Help Nursing Homes Recover from Covid-19 Fears and Become Safer Places for Aging Parents

COMMENTARY | Nursing homes have struggled through COVID-19 deaths and lockdowns. Giving nurses more quality time with patients can help them win back trust.

Vaccinations Lag for Home Health Workers

They’re less likely to have had a shot than hospital and nursing home workers.

An Unexpected Boon to America’s Vaccine Towns

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

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.

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.

Vaccinating the Vulnerable, One Church at a Time

Most states have vaccinated a disproportionate share of white residents.

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.

Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum

Whether aid in dying is legal in Montana has been debated for over a decade now in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision.

Delaware Bill Would Require Menstruation Products In Public School Bathrooms

The one-time cost to each school would be about $30,000 to install dispensers and $77,000 a year to keep them filled.

How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

The situation in Missouri is contributing to racial inequity with vaccinations and forcing some people to drive hours to get shots.

Pandemic Drains Hospital Finances

Rural hospitals are expected to suffer the most.

In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility Is a ‘Crazy Quilt’ of State Rules

Across the country, a mishmash of rules to qualify for the Covid-19 vaccine is creating difficulties for people seeking the shots.

Wyoming’s Flood of Anti-Abortion Bills Reveal What’s Happening Across the Country, Experts say

Wyoming has filed eight anti-abortion bills this session, a record number in recent history for the state legislature.

New Estimates Show the Sharp Rise in Charitable Food Use Last Year

About 1 in 5 adults ages 18 to 64 turned to free meals or groceries during 2020.

‘Why Do I Put My Life on the Line?’ Pandemic Trauma Haunts Health Workers.

Many health professionals feel disillusioned and underappreciated and there are signs of increasing trauma-related mental distress among people working in the field.