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The Power Gap

The dramatic under-representation of women serving in elected office at the city, state, federal, and global levels has important implications for public health.

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Will and Representation

The ability to vote is a political determinant of health. However, voter suppression and disenfranchisement have long been utilized to consolidate power, discourage grassroots movements, maintain the class structure, and as a tool of oppression.

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Research in 140 Characters

The obstacles to successful communication between researchers and policy makers are significant. Are academics turning to social media to share their research?

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Un-Selling Sugary Drinks

Public health programs combatting obesity have mostly avoided paid counter-advertising. Why can’t the techniques of marketing un-sell pizza and soda?

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Combatting High Pharma Costs in Massachusetts

There is bipartisan agreement that unregulated pharmaceutical costs are a problem. Here are three policy approaches – including model legislation – that states could use.

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The Social Cost of Carbon

Called “the most important figure you’ve never heard of,” the social cost of carbon (SCC) is a statistic used by federal agencies to estimate the environmental costs and social benefits of proposed regulations. President Trump has called for its review.

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Managing Community Health Worker Contracts

Contract design should be top of mind for organizations planning to develop a community health worker (CHW) workforce, or health care administrators may unwittingly undermine CHW effectiveness.

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Disparity and Dental Therapy

Dentist visits can strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest of people. While some avoid the scraping and poking by choice, others are kept from their yearly recommended check-ups because of high costs and a lack of insurance.

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On Vacation

We’re on vacation! Public Health Post is taking a #summertime publishing break. Thank you for reading PHP and for joining us in conversation on social media. We’ll be back online on Monday, August 7. See you then!

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UPDATE: The Refugee Crisis and Returning Home

Three important statistics from new data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on the world’s refugee and displaced persons crisis.

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Trump Voters for Single Payer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has four options now that his latest bill has failed. Single payer probably isn’t one of them, but maybe should be according to many Trump voters. Could Donald Trump be the single payer president?

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BCRA Undercuts Opioid Treatment

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) creates a $45 billion fund for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. However, this amount is unlikely to overcome Medicaid spending restrictions proposed in the bill.

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