Op-ed work related to health equity written by members of the Center’s team.
Seeking, Sharing the Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Rush Stories, December 27, 2020
I figured I would spend the 15 minutes of mandatory observation after getting vaccinated sharing the experience. At this point, the COVID-19 injection feels no different than the annual flu shot.
Let’s Make Reunification and Comprehensive Reparation THE Top Priority of the New Year
Maria J. Ferrera
Latino Rebels, January 8, 2020
Images of volunteers giving gifts to migrant children at the border this past Christmas are yet another vivid reminder that there are still children living in detention centers who have been separated from their families. While a beautiful gesture, Christmas gifts alone won’t cut it. What will?
Digital Solutions Can Address the Problem of Student Mental Health
U.S. News & World Report, January 6, 2020
Following the recent seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting where 26 people were killed including 20 children, news of shootings at schools in Wisconsin and California made headlines. An anonymous note left in a Florida school recently threatened a shooting.
I am a survivor of a mass school shooting over 10 years ago at Virginia Tech and I am deeply concerned that more than 236,000 U.S. students have experienced gun violence at school since 1999. As a university professor, researcher, engineer and parent, I understand the threat of violence remains constant for students, families and citizens. Whether that violence begins on the streets or verbally on social media, the aftermath of threats are real. But addressing mental health needs of students can be virtual.
Reproductive revolution: Ending black maternal health inequities in 2020
The Hill, January 1, 2020
The disparities in black women’s health are not new. Neither is the leading role that black women have played in the movement to dismantle poor health outcomes due to systemic issues of racism, sexism and classism.
What is new, is the potential for black women and allies to collectively change the narrative and achieve equity in health outcomes, so that by 2025 and 2030 the statistics can more accurately reflect the lived experiences of black women.
Community benefit: ACA and tax exemptions help patients
Fernando De Maio
The Hill, December 27, 2019
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has faced two constitutional challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court, and a third lawsuit is gaining force. The legal threat to the ACA is centered on partisan attacks on the individual mandate and its provisions regarding pre-existing conditions.
Primarily overlooked in these debates is the ACA’s provision for how not-for-profit hospitals may justify their tax exemptions. This essential element of the ACA fundamentally alters the way hospitals engage with communities they serve.
We Must Address the Roots of Inequality to Keep It From Killing Us
Fernando De Maio
Truthout, December 21, 2019
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms that the gap between the richest and poorest households in the U.S. is the largest it has been in over 50 years, and that economic power is more concentrated than ever before. Democrats and Republicans may have different interpretations of these facts, but in public health, decades of research are coming to a consensus: Inequality kills.
Health Care Meets the Voting Booth: Why Housing Policies Determine Wellness
Morning Consult, November 6, 2018
New candidates and incumbents seeking election in the midterms and beyond have made access to health care a key issue. A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation states that 71 percent of voters consider health care a “very important” issue when choosing a candidate.
Around the country, several of these congressional candidates are vowing to ensure coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, while other candidates vow to save Medicaid and Medicare. New initiatives to frame health care needs and costs around the social determinants of health — and housing in particular — are necessary additions to the debate.