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How Ohio should value Black lives in health care

BY: - December 2, 2020

As a country, we are waking up daily to the unacceptable and completely avoidable loss of Black life. We know some of their names, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But many more we sadly only know as numbers and statistics, reported as part of the daily coronavirus public health updates. What they have in […]

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Don’t let COVID-19 prevent your child’s annual doctor visit

BY: - September 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way of life in Ohio, our country and across the world. In recent months, stay-at-home orders, mask wearing and social distancing measures have created a “new normal,” and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus. But one activity that you should […]

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How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

BY: and - July 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., the virus hit African Americans disproportionately hard. African Americans are still contracting the illness – and dying from it – at rates twice as high as would be expected based on their share of the population. In Michigan, African Americans are only 14% of the population, but […]

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Being convicted of a crime has thousands of consequences besides incarceration. Some last a lifetime.

BY: - June 16, 2020

At least 77 million U.S. adults have criminal records, including nearly 7 million currently in prison or jail or on probation or parole. Typically, more than 10,000 of the incarcerated leave prison and nearly 200,000 churn through jails every week. But because more than 64,000 inmates and workers have become infected with the coronavirus so […]

COVID-19 may hit rural residents hard, and that spells trouble because of lack of rural health care

BY: - April 16, 2020

The burden of COVID-19 in rural areas has been under the radar, as the toll of the disease so far has been heaviest in dense urban areas. But up to 30% of the U.S. population lives in rural America, which already has experienced more than 128 hospital closures since 2010, including 19 last year. COVID-19 […]

Some lawmakers itching to reopen economy as COVID-19 cases keep climbing

BY: - April 14, 2020

It was only minutes after state legislators ended their Zoom conference meeting, with many urging a swift reopening of the economy, that the Ohio Department of Health announced a new slate of virus deaths and illnesses.  Fifteen more Ohioans had died in the prior 24 hours. An additional 363 people were confirmed to have the […]

‘They’re just going uninsured:’ How the youngest Ohioans are losing health coverage

BY: - March 9, 2020

The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system.  Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in the rate […]

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What the Trump budget says about the administration’s health priorities

BY: - February 24, 2020

The Trump administration recently released its budget blueprint for the 2021 fiscal year, the first steps in the complex budgetary process. The final budget will reflect the input of Congress, including the Democratic House of Representatives, and will look significantly different. However, budget drafts by presidential administrations are not meaningless pages of paper. They are […]