Public Health

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.

Drought-Stricken Western Towns Say No to Developers

“We need to protect the people who live here before we let more people come in.”

How Public Health Officials Overcame Vaccine Barriers in Minority Communities

A series of reports issued by the Communivax Coalition explores resistance to Covid-19 vaccinations in four states and strategies to improve immunization rates.

Survey: 46% of US Organizations Will Institute Vaccine Mandates

Tech companies are among those taking the lead following federal guidance on vaccine mandates.

My Dad Is Dead. His Landlord Just Evicted Him.

COMMENTARY | A jumble of complicated and unexpected logistical tasks can fall into your lap after a loved one dies.

CDC Director: ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ to Get Your Booster

While some Pfizer recipients can now get an extra shot, federal officials are still mum on what’s next for the at-risk individuals who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid-19 Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

At least three promising antiviral treatments for the coronavirus are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter.

How America Dropped to No. 36

The U.S. has fallen far behind in distributing the vaccines that it pioneered.

Supply of Antibody Drugs Could Drop in Some States as Feds Take Over Distribution

The Biden administration announced the new policy after a handful of states, most of them with low vaccination rates, accounted for nearly three-fourths of orders for the Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatment.

Forceful Vaccine Messages Backfire With Holdouts. How Can It Be Done Better?

COMMENTARY | A communication strategy that is sensitive to psychological reactance could empower the holdouts to willingly get vaccinated instead of grudgingly comply with a mandate, writes a communication scientist.

Missouri Is the Next Front in the Covid Culture War

Can Eric Schmitt, Missouri’s anti-mandate attorney general, sue his way to the U.S. Senate?

Best and Worst Cities for Mental Health Care in America

Denver tops the list for best places while Dallas is in last place, according to a recent report.

GOP Governors Balk at Biden’s Business Vaccination Order

Deriding the mandate as ‘un-American,’ several Republican governors have promised to sue.

The Case for Building a Collaborative Intergovernmental System

COMMENTARY | No significant public initiative fits entirely within one government agency or even one level of government.

Hoping to Boost Vaccine Rates, One State Announces Grants for Primary Care Doctors

The Colorado program will use federal relief money to help health care practices boost vaccine distribution.

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Arlington County, Virginia announced that it would begin distributing the strips to addiction-prone people leaving the county jail, the latest in a growing number of government agencies to turn to the tests as a way to prevent overdoses.

State Efforts to Ban Mask Mandates in Schools Mirror Resistance to Integration

COMMENTARY | Southern states ignoring federal educational guidance is not new.

Another State Will Train Police to Draw Blood From Drunk Driving Suspects

Georgia will establish a phlebotomy program to instruct law enforcement officers on how to collect blood samples, the latest in a growing number of states to embrace the practice.

Calling All Unvaccinated Nurses: This State Will Hire You

Job ads for open positions in Nebraska’s state-run facilities highlight optional Covid-19 vaccines, a move that contradicts federal mandates for health workers and could cost the state some of its insurance reimbursements.