Public Health

Why Pandemic Food and Medicaid Benefits Could Soon an End

The federal government is again extending a health emergency keeping the extra aid in place, but this could be the last time.

Death Threats, Stress and Signs of Crisis in the Public Health Workforce

Nearly one in three public health workers are considering leaving their jobs within the next year, according to a new survey, as PTSD and deteriorating mental health appear to be on the rise.

Climate Change May Push the US Toward the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ for West Nile Virus

Colorado recently recorded the most West Nile virus deaths and cases of neuroinvasive infections in nearly two decades. Scientists warn that climate change will make conditions ripe for more West Nile transmission.

Health Worker Shortage Forces States to Scramble

The lack of these workers is so dire that at least 20 governors addressed the situation in their state of the state speeches, proposing a range of policy fixes.

The Subtle Psychology of ‘Nudging’ During a Pandemic

For years, the U.S. and U.K. governments embraced the concept of nudges to change social behavior. Then came Covid-19.

Lacking Mental Health Support, First Responders Turn to Peers

Covid-19 revealed a mental health crisis among health care workers. A peer support group in Colorado is trying to help.

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.

States Likely to Resist CDC Proposal Easing Opioid Access

Forty states limit the number of days a painkiller prescription can last.

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?

Big City Health Departments Warn of Major Epidemiologist Shortage

“There’s been a significant loss of people leaving the workforce,” says the head of a group that represents the agencies.

‘Mental Health First Aid’ Training Prescribed for Public Sector Workers

The National Association of Counties says its new program will help government employees identify when coworkers and others are suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse.

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.

How Governments Can Boost Workplace Safety After Supreme Court Halts Vaccine Mandate

COMMENTARY | Although the court struck down the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine-or-test mandate, there are ways states and localities can protect workers from the virus.

Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Covid Surge

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Maryland are headed towards a record peak, said Gov. Larry Hogan, who is activating state National Guard members to help with response efforts.

More Cities Move to Adopt Vaccine Requirements for Indoor Spaces

The added mandates come as the omicron variant of the coronavirus is surging.

Don’t Panic About Omicron. But Don’t Be Indifferent, Either.

COMMENTARY | The next wave of the pandemic requires charting a middle course between dismay and dismissal.

Amid Omicron Uncertainty, States Resist New Mandates

“We may be through with covid even if it’s not through with us.”

With Too Few Nurses, It Won’t Take Much to Overwhelm Hospitals This Winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity.