Collaboration Provides Effective Approach to State's Human Services

Oklahoma is on the cutting edge of a national trend bringing foundations, nonprofits and the Department of Human Services together to help residents in need.

Cities and States With the Highest STD Rates

Sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. are at an all-time high, and places coast to coast are affected, according to government statistics.

5 Steps to More Equitable Health Care in Communities

Expanding telehealth, partnering with local organizations and building health care teams are among the strategies, according to research.

A Historic Child Care Investment Saved Centers From Collapse. What Happens When the Money Runs Out?

One year after the passage of the American Rescue Plan, child care centers said the money has stabilized the industry after near collapse. But advocates worry about what will happen once the money runs out.

One City's Aggressive Move to Restrict Tobacco Sales

Brookline, Massachusetts banned the sale of cigarettes and related products to those born after Jan. 1, 2000. Will the restriction catch on in other places?

Travel Nurses Saw a Pay Increase During the Pandemic. They Could Lose Those Benefits

Travel nurses, who are in high demand and earning as much as twice their pre-pandemic wages, are in an uproar after legislators call for an investigation that could lead to lowering their pay.

States Craft Their Covid Exit Strategies

Once ardent supporters of the CDC’s mask advice, Democratic governors move on.

Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage

State Medicaid agencies for months have been preparing for the end of a federal mandate that has prevented states from removing people from the safety-net program during the pandemic.

Missouri’s War on Public Health Shows Extent of National Rift

A public health official who said he was anti-abortion and anti-mandate for masks and covid vaccines did not pass the purity test of a Missouri senator who opposes Covid public health restrictions. The senator killed the official’s nomination to be state health director, highlighting how hands may be tied in the nationwide fight against infectious diseases.

Why Some States are Running Out Of Rental Aid and Others Have Millions Left Over

Housing advocates say that the method Congress set for divvying up the funds was flawed. Treasury is shifting the money between states. But will it be enough to help struggling renters and landlords?

States With the Most Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl overdose deaths are rapidly increasing in the U.S., more than doubling in the past two years in 30 states, according to a new report.

31 States Have Laws That Allow Forced Sterilizations

A new report from the National Women’s Law Center lays out the laws, some passed as recently as 2019, around an overlooked aspect of reproductive justice.

Los Angeles’ Long, Troubled History With Urban Oil Drilling Is Nearing an End After Years of Health Concerns

Photos from the early 1900s show LA’s forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and research shows how people living nearby are struggling with breathing problems.

Cash Support for Low-income Families Directly Affects Baby Brains

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Librarians Now Frontline Workers in Combating Covid-19

Public libraries nationwide are handing out test kits and masks in a growing effort by counties and cities to better protect their residents from the virus.

After Miscarriages, Workers Have Few Guarantees for Time Off or Job-Based Help

About a quarter of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the large number of women affected, no national laws protect them when they need time off to deal with the loss.

Covid Conflicts Smolder in States

But there might be bipartisanship on telehealth and hospital staffing.

About 1 in 3 Child Care Workers Are Going Hungry

Child care workers are at the center of the food insecurity crisis in America. In 2020, nearly one-third of them were food insecure.

Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-up Covid Testing Sites—and Warn Patients to Beware

High demand for Covid screening and scarce supply have opened the door to bad actors. State officials are sounding the alarm about dubious street testing operators that could put people’s personal data, their health or wallets at risk.

Interacting With Nature in Cities Can Reduce Loneliness

Local officials should improve access to existing green spaces, among other things, to help lessen loneliness, one study shows.

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