Flint Water Crisis Worsened Birth Outcomes, Disproportionally Affected Black Babies, YSPH Study Finds
Not long after city officials in Flint, Michigan, decided to cut costs by using river water as the local drinking supply, incidences of childhood lead poisoning skyrocketed. For the next several months, residents across the city — many of them Black and below the poverty line — would be exposed to dangerous chemicals from the polluted Flint River without knowing it.
Expanding Medicare would reduce racial and ethnic health disparities
When Americans become eligible for Medicare coverage at age 65, research has shown, there are substantial reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in health insurance, access to care, and self-reported health.Source: Yale News
Strong Immigration Enforcement Likely Harming Health Among Hispanic Adults
Aggressive federal detention and deportation policies in the United States have a chilling effect on health care use among Hispanic adults, including those with diabetes, new research by the Yale School of Public Health finds.Source: Yale News
Black Medicare Patients Have Higher Long-term Stroke Death Rates
A long-term study of Medicare patients finds that Black patients who have an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) die at a higher rate than white patients, even after accounting for preexisting health conditions, a preliminary study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Staying Home Without a Home: The Housing Crisis and COVID-19
Since the early days of the United States’ COVID-19 pandemic, state and local officials have raised concerns about the unique challenges that the virus poses to individuals who lack a place to call home. The challenges of “sheltering in place” for those who lack shelter are abundantly clear. Indeed, several cities are reporting high numbers of cases among individuals staying in homeless shelters and on the street. Some local governments have worked to mitigate this problem by finding temporary sources of housing in hotels and other properties.Source: Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health