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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NBHAAD

February 7th is the thirteenth commemoration and observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).  NBHAAD is a nationwide effort to mobilize Black communities to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities. HIV infection and AIDS diagnoses remain a persistent threat to the health and well-being of Black communities, locally, regionally and nationally.

The Obama Victory: A Continued Mandate for Health Care Reform?

President Obama’s surprisingly wide margin of victory and the gain of several democratic seats in the Senate was an important win for national health reform, women’s reproductive health, and for economic policies that buffer the social determinants of health. Most recently, Obama can add Florida to the count of states that chose him over Romney. But does this sweeping victory constitute an endorsement of Obama’s policies, or does it simply…

Housing and Planning for a Healthy Public

Where you live has a profound impact on health outcomes; and Connecticut has some of the nation’s most compelling racial and ethnic inequities when it comes to health outcomes.  Designing, planning and developing healthy, affordable homes in neighborhoods of opportunity can dramatically improve health outcomes and promote health equity – all while boosting the local economy. But improving the built environment requires strategic collaborations between local public health departments, town…

Health Disparities, No Laughing Matter #hjctforum

In a time when the politics of the day seems more polarized than ever on the issues that affect us all, humor can be used to connect people with different points of views. Health Justice CT is proud to host “Health Disparities, No Laughing Matter,” a light hearted dialogue of a serious subject.  The event will take place on Monday, May 21st, 6:00pm, at The Grove, located on 71 Orange…

Health Spending Doesn’t Equal Better Health

How is this for counter-intuitive? The best way to improve health in our country is to have the government spend less on it. In some ways I agree with my fellow contributor, Ashley Fox, when she points to the importance of social determinants of health (although I disagree on economic inequality as I pointed out here). Here is my hypothesis. If you believe in the social determinants of health, you…

Why Health Insurance Isn’t Broccoli, It’s Mega Millions

At the same time as millions of people raced to buy Mega Millions tickets in the hopes of striking it big last week, the Supreme Court was taking a gamble with the lives of millions of Americans in their deliberation over the constitutionality of the individual mandate that is the cornerstone of Obama’s signature health reform law. The coincidence of the health reform hearings happening at the same time as…

Are you getting your ‘bang for your buck’ with Obamacare?

“Recent data provided by the nation’s largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system.” – Forbes 2011 It is this rhetoric that fuels some public health officials and Obama supporters.  I can picture it, a political team or polling group in a closed room discussing these numbers, half…

The 2012 Agenda: The Bipartisan Appeal of Improving Biomedical Research Infrastructure

With the race for the GOP nomination for the presidential election now in full swing, the 2012 political agenda is now the object of public debate and discussion.  Chief among these political agenda issues involves healthcare. President Obama’s first term in office saw healthcare reform as a primary focus with the passage of his healthcare reform bill in 2009, which aimed to cut long-term costs, invest in prevention and wellness,…

Economic Justice is the only Sustainable Means of Achieving Health Justice

As a health leader/advocate, I submit that, ironically, the 2012 political agenda should NOT be focused on health at all. For instance, we should NOT be talking about insurance coverage of birth control. In spite of being an untiring advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, I believe that this dialogue is a highly distracting and divisive wedge issue. We also should NOT be talking about the health reform. Again, the…

A Freirian Approach to Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

The choice between advocacy for long-run structural change versus implementing immediately remediable action that may fail to address underlying health determinants has been described as a choice between public health nihilism versus public health pragmatism.[i] Pragmatists emphasize immediate solutions to pressing public health problems such as education and behavioral modification strategies. Nihilists argue that these constitute band-aid solutions that fail to address the deeper, social and structural issues that give…