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Partisan Divide Over Soda Tax

Passing and implementing policies is often contingent on favorable public opinion. A recent study in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law examines differing partisan responses to three messaging tactics about the soda tax.

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Are Hospitals Spending Enough on the Community?

Do nonprofit hospitals invest enough in community health initiatives to compensate for tax exemption status? New research shows spending on community health benefits remained essentially unchanged between 2010 and 2014.

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Tomorrow in Mind: Corporate Social Responsibility

PHP Fellow Gilbert Benavidez writes on corporate social responsibility to respect and protect human rights, and how public health must be a leader in building partnerships with corporations to influence social policy.

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Dying Young in the USA

Child mortality is declining worldwide. The United States, however, has had higher rates of mortality for kids aged 0-19 compared to other wealthy nations, since the 1980s.

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Support of Same-Sex Love and Marriage Improves Health

Happy Valentine’s Day from Public Health Post! The spirit of the day presents a special opportunity to emphasize the connection between love, law, and health outcomes, in this case, the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Bobbi Taylor: Sex Work & Transgender Rights

PHP fellow Madeline Bishop talks with trans rights activist and educator Bobbi Taylor about the intersection of transgender rights and sex work.

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A History of Work Requirements

Nine states have pending waiver requests that would require work as a condition for receiving Medicaid benefits. Work requirements are not a new policy idea. Politicians, especially conservatives, have been proposing the addition of work requirements to every existing type of public benefit program for decades.

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Preventing Malaria

Africa carries a larger burden of malaria than all other regions of the world combined. The most effective ways of preventing malaria, bed nets and indoor insecticide spraying, are more challenging than they sound.

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The Health of DREAMers

DREAMers suffer from stress and anxiety related to their immigration status and poor access to health care including vaccination, reproductive care, and annual physicals. PHP Fellow Gilbert Benavidez writes on how congressional intervention can play a major protective role in these hundreds of thousands of lives.

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A Drowsy Nation

50 to 70 million adults in the United States are not getting the sleep they need to keep them happy and healthy. Lack of sleep costs the U.S. around $15.9 billion per year.

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Higher Minimum Wage Helps Population Health

Data shows that higher minimum wage improves health and nutrition and decreases stress. Opponents argue that higher minimum wages endanger jobs by hurting small businesses and encouraging the shift to automation.

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Pathways to Stress: The Problem Starts at Home

Poor quality housing causes chronic stress. Energy insecurity—an inability to adequately meet household energy needs—can result in unpaid energy bills or residents living in a home that is too hot or cold.

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