Health & Human Services

Telehealth May Be Here to Stay

The use of remote health services soared during the pandemic.

Millions of Americans Struggle To Pay Their Water Bills – Here’s How a National Water Aid Program Could Work

Should the U.S. help low-income households afford water service, as it does with heating and groceries? Chile does. An economist explains how it works there and how it could work here.

State Lawmakers' Anti-Vaccine Efforts May Prove Mostly Symbolic

Since September, at least 14 GOP-controlled legislatures have debated vaccine mandates.

The Best and Worst States for Health Care

Massachusetts ranks as the best state for health care while Alabama ranks as the worst, according to a report.

‘Am I Even Fit To Be a Mom?’ Diaper Need Is an Invisible Part of Poverty in America

Parents cannot use federal aid to pay for diapers, and are often forced to come up with other solutions, using maxi pads or towels to keep their children clean and dry. In rural America where aid is even harder to access, tiny diaper banks are the only lifeline.

How the Democratic Child-Care Proposal Hurts Families

COMMENTARY | Despite worthy intentions, it will drive up costs for some families while providing no benefits to the poorest and most vulnerable children.

How Cities Are Addressing Mental Distress

Successful programs include partnerships between social workers and first responders, incorporate data and recognize larger social factors affecting health and well-being, like racism, experts say.

Why Health-care Workers Are Quitting in Droves

About one in five health-care workers has left medicine since the pandemic started. This is their story—and the story of those left behind.

Mental Health Disorders Qualify You for a Covid-19 Booster. It’s Unclear How Many People Know That.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the change a month ago, but finding the information online can be tricky.

The 311 Lifeline: How Governments Enhanced Call Centers During the Pandemic

State and municipal governments established special hotlines or expanded the type of services residents could access through 311 call centers during the pandemic.

Parental Leave Is American Exceptionalism at Its Bleakest

The U.S. is the only wealthy country in the world that leaves new parents to fend for themselves.

10 Steps for Advancing Equity With American Rescue Plan Funding

Local governments seeking transformative impacts must recognize that threats, risks and trauma are daily conditions experienced by low-income communities and people of color, according to a report, which recommends a variety of actions.

You’re Boosted! Now What?

No one knows exactly what the rules are for post-booster behavior.

It’s Time to Contemplate the End of the Crisis

COMMENTARY | Immunity is rising, and the approval of shots for young children is one of the last thresholds before a return to greater normalcy.

State Spending on Anti-poverty Programs Could Substantially Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect

Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.

Census Prompts Push for More Indigenous School Lessons

The number of people listing Indigenous heritage increased by almost 4.5 million.

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.