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Emergency Unpreparedness

The United States tends to fund and focus on emergencies after they happen and once they have already become disastrous. State and local emergency preparedness funds and hospital preparedness funds have dwindled by one-third and one-half, respectively, since 2004.

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Parks and Privilege

The city of Los Angeles is a prime example of disparities in access to healthier, greener urban development. Initiatives such as the Land Trust’s project, known as “Transforming Inner-City Lost Lots” (TILL), empower low-income communities to take the “greening” of their neighborhoods into their own hands.

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Elder Malnutrition

About half of all older adults in the United States are at risk for malnutrition, leaving them highly vulnerable. Targeted public health efforts to educate the elderly, their caregivers, and policymakers could be straightforward, but funding for these programs now hangs in the balance.

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Telemental Health

Those with mental health challenges living in rural areas have long been at a significant disadvantage when it comes to receiving care due to lack of professional caregivers. Advances in technology such as live video teleconferencing have the potential to change this.

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Counting for Insight

The website Understanding Homelessness tells the important story of homelessness in the U.S. through interactive visualizations, with an aim to fend off stigma and misconception.

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Preventing Latin American Homicides

Eight of the world’s 10 most violent nations, as defined by the number of intentional homicides per 100,000 people, are in Latin America and the Caribbean. A 2016 World Bank report by Laura Chioda examines why these numbers are so high.

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Duty Bound and Globally Gagged

While details of a Trump-style Global Gag Rule remain unclear, the executive order has the potential to devastate the health of men, women, children, and families alike.

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Misconduct or Mental Health?

Stigma surrounding mental health in the military remains a major hurdle and can lead to less than honorable discharges, which then increases risk of death by suicide. A bill known as the Honor Our Commitment Act of 2017 would expand mental health care for Veterans.

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Polluted Air, Dirty Water, and Child Health

Indoor and outdoor air pollution and smoke are responsible for an estimated 570,000 deaths in children under 5. While child deaths attributable to environmental hazards decreased from 37% to 26% from 2002 to 2012, continued progress is in a precarious state.

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Just Don’t Call It Edutainment

How the best entertainment can educate: a World Bank study in Nigeria on sexual health behavior change shows that MTV Shuga is making a mark.

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