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Stat: Healthcare is a human right in times of crisis. Why not every day?
Much of the world has settled the question of whether health care should be a human right. The United Nations said it in 1948. The American founders might as well have said it in 1776 when they listed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness among the inalienable rights of citizens, but this vision does not hold true. is not yet achieved, as evidenced by disparities in access to care. (Vikram Bakhru, 23/6)
Kansas City Star: clumsy Missouri legislature, indifference risks Medicaid
Just after noon Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson agreed to call a special session to consider renewing the critical Medicaid tax. The session begins Wednesday. But there is still no deal on whether to renew that tax, and the unnecessary near collapse of the Medicaid fundraising effort in Missouri shows how seriously our state lawmakers take good- to be people without resources. And how far they are prepared to go to prevent public funding of certain forms of contraceptives. (6/23)
Newsweek: Obesity stigma harms black and Latin communities the most
As a black doctor, I saw systemic inequalities in our healthcare system disproportionately impacting my community long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of access and inequity in our system has been facilitated by the inadequate training of my fellow physicians and health care providers in the effective assessment and treatment of obesity without stigma, and of the policy makers who enable it is up to our laws to perpetuate this stigma instead of following the science – the one thing we all know can get us out of a health crisis. (Michael Knight, 6/22/2)
Stat: The quest for thermostable vaccines and other vaccine innovations
The unprecedented rapid development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the world has brought new visibility into how vaccines are produced, packaged and distributed. The world learned about the vaccine cold chain, for example, as people monitored plans for the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and the additional logistics that went with keeping them cold. Since then, many people have asked themselves this question: why don’t we have more thermostable and easy-to-administer vaccines? (Debra Kristensen, 23/6)
NPR: Why I kept my cancer a secret and why I won’t do it again
I kept a secret. I decided to say it. I have metastatic breast cancer, MBC, stage 4. This means that the breast cancer has spread to my lungs, bones and brain. There is no cure. Ultimately it kills you. In fact, I’ve had it for two years. Keeping it a secret has served me well. I didn’t have to explain myself to friends and strangers while I was still in the hysterical stage. Because, faced with a diagnosis of incurable cancer, I did what any normal person would do: I stopped sleeping. I stopped eating. I sobbed a lot. I was crying my own life. (Ina Jaffe, 6/22/22)
Modern healthcare: developing an intentional and integrated diversity and inclusion agenda
For over 130 years, Sentara Healthcare has served some of the most diverse communities in Virginia and North Carolina. We believe our differences are our strengths and as a result we are always proud of our equally diverse teams and the work we do within our communities. In mid-2019, we decided to formalize our commitment by intentionally fostering a culture of inclusion, creating a Diversity and Inclusion Program led by our Senior Director of Diversity, Dana Beckton. We have also defined our strategy to have an impact on everyone who interacts with Sentara. (Becky Sawyer, 6/22/22)
The New York Times: Abortion policy hurts treatment of miscarriages
Up to 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. These losses can be as painful physically as they are emotional. And yet, many patients do not receive the best care for their miscarriages because of the abortion policy. We have both had miscarriages. We each visited our doctors for scheduled ultrasounds between eight and 11 weeks pregnant, expecting to see a tiny bean-shaped baby with a reassuring heartbeat. Sadly, all we heard was quiet. No movement. No beautiful pulse. Only stillness. (Amanda Allen and Cari Siestra, 6/22)
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