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High School Graduation is Public Health ROI

Written by Terri Wright

When asked by a potential community partner what was the one thing that could be done to improve the health of its citizens, Dr. Adewale Troutman, the then newly appointed director for Louisville’s health department* answered, “to make sure that everyone graduates from high school”.  Like many others, the community partner wondered - what does high school graduation have to do with health?

Written On Monday, June 10 2013 13:05

Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

There are few stories that cause me to sprint to Facebook and Twitter, but a widely read New York Times opinion editorial by Alice Randall arguing that black women are the most obese group in America because "we want to be" caused me to do just that. Curious to hear what my African-American sister-friends had to say about Randall's claim that we are large because we are seeking acceptance from black men who prefer "sugar down below," I was surprised when the response to my posting was met with... radio silence.

Written On Tuesday, May 08 2012 11:27

When Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African-American Health Disparities

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

I will never forget the time when I visited my parent's church on "Diabetes Sunday," a program of the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about the disease within the African-American community. A brochure in the church bulletin highlighted the dangers and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the African-American community and how obesity is a causal factor. After the service, we made our way to the fellowship hall to celebrate Black History Month. As we began to chow down on unhealthy foods and sugary drinks, nobody blinked at the hypocrisy.

Written On Thursday, December 20 2012 08:40

Why I Won't Listen to Beyonce

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought I would be giving people -- especially children and communities of color -- this piece of advice: do not listen to Beyonce.

Written On Monday, January 21 2013 15:55

Advocating Against Injustice in the Agriculture Industry

Written by Kandace Vallejo

Agriculture is a hot topic these days. Americans are more and more concerned about where their food comes from, if it is organic, and if their beef was grass orgrain fed. But one topic frequently eludes our dialogues: labor. Its no surprise to many that farm laborers frequently work an exhaustive number of hoursweekly for abysmally low wages.

Written On Tuesday, March 05 2013 12:06

Policy Round Up: Affordable Care Act

Written by Shanel Adams

Republican Governor Rick Scott announced his support of Medicaid expansion this Wednesday. This was surprising due to his avid disagreement with the Affordable Care Act prior to last year’s Supreme Court ruling that upholds the law.

Written On Thursday, February 21 2013 16:15

Justice, Sacrifice, and Suffering: The Continued Struggle for Health Equity

Written by Daniel Dawes

While the debates continue as to whether or not the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be implemented, a key component of health reform that is often overlooked includes health equity and the elimination of disparities in health status and healthcare among vulnerable populations.

Written On Friday, December 07 2012 09:18

One in Three: Making Women’s Safety Top Priority in Meeting Their Right to Sanitation

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Imagine living with no toilet in your home, village or slum. As a woman, your best option for privacy is to walk to the bush or an open field to urinate, defecate, or manage your menstrual hygiene needs, or to risk dirty crowded alleyways because latrine blocks are unavailable to you. But you know it’s not safe after dark: people are robbed, murdered, and raped. Now, imagine it’s the middle of the night, and you really need to go. What do you do?

Written On Monday, November 19 2012 09:00

Remove Barriers for Veterans Access to Mental Health Care

Over the past several years, suicide rates among our veterans have increased significantly, to nearly 18 each day.  Many of these cases are the result of the inability of our nation’s veterans to access the care they need, when they need it.

Written On Tuesday, November 13 2012 13:51

The Soda Games

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

It isn’t often that we get to see American teens in peak physical condition showcasing their athleticism on the world stage. So it was especially thrilling to watch the U.S. women’s gymnastics team—and other young Olympians—win gold at this summer’s London Olympics. Their achievements are an important reminder that it is still possible to be young and fit in America. But the sad fact is that the opportunity to be healthy is still eluding too many children and youth.

Written On Monday, August 27 2012 15:12
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