A new report reveals that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Black and brown communities—and that inadequate data reporting is reinforcing these disparities.
The recent June Medical Services vs. Russo decision safeguarded the right to abortion access for vulnerable communities in Louisiana—but it was a small victory in the larger battle for abortion rights and access. Ms. talked to Pearl Ricks, Executive Director of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, about the June Medical decision and the gatekeeping of abortion in the U.S.—and who it affects most.
“People in the South want to be able to access abortions—whether they ever get one in their lives or not. But who are the louder voices? Who are the ones most adamantly going out and voting?”
By 2050, nearly half of Americans will belong to a minority group. Yet, diagnosis and treatment for skin conditions has been primarily based on knowledge of presenting symptoms on white skin. This problem impacts all non-white patients—but especially those with darker skin, as signs of skin disease and internal infection may be harder to distinguish.
“The narrative within textbooks needs to change.”
For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.
In this edition of The Weekly Pulse, we start by running-down the most recent findings, wins and attacks to reproductive health—then bring you the good news and (unfortunately) the bad, concerning the pandemic.
There is no getting around it: A gender-equitable recovery requires an infusion of funding from the federal government to the states.
Investing deeply in states and localities isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing to do.
At the U.S.-Mexico border, COVID-19 has amplified and magnified fractured health care systems on both sides.
Considering the border region’s unique vulnerabilities and the need for close binational cooperation in meeting the border’s public health challenges, you’d think the U.S. government would support an agency it designed just for this purpose. But no. The Department of Health and Human Services dumped the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission (BHC) in 2017.
Although reproductive rights are under attack around the world, there remain some bright spots for women’s reproductive rights and contraceptive access.
In the Philippines, since 2012, when reproductive rights and education were finally enshrined in law in this fiercely Catholic country, the government has committed to providing free family planning services to those living in poverty.
The coronavirus is raging across America like a wildfire, and we need a more consistent approach to mask-wearing to stand a chance at putting the fire out. Since some will not wear a mask on their own, we owe it to our essential workers—and everyone else—to require it.
It’s past time for CDC Director Robert Redfield to work up the nerve to deliver on his mission by requiring everyone to, in the words of Senator Marco Rubio, “Just wear a damn mask.”
President Donald Trump has announced he has officially begun the process to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s global health agency. In response, the Global Health Council and its multilateral roundtable have begun a social media campaign: #WeNeedWHO.
In this edition of The Weekly Pulse, we rundown the most recent attacks to reproductive justice; address the presence of racial bias in health care; and provide updates on the coronavirus with a closer look at how exactly the pandemic is affecting mental health.