Views: Racism in maternity care still exists; Steps to follow before the next pandemic

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The New York Times: Black maternal mortality is still a crisis

As I prepared to interview Linda Villarosa, the author of a new book, “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,” I saw a title that reinforced the urgency of the message of his book. “CDC: Disparities in maternal mortality have worsened. The story, from Axios, showed in striking graphs how the gap in maternal mortality between black mothers and mothers of other races has only widened since 2018. In 2020, the year the most recent for which we have data, the maternal mortality rate per 100,000 births was 55.3 for black women, 19.1 for white women, and 18.2 for Hispanic women. (Jessica Grose, 6/22)

Stat: Create an external advisory group to prepare for the next pandemic

As the United States reels from more than one million reported deaths directly from the Covid-19 pandemic, another infectious disease – monkeypox – is beginning to spread. Cases of monkeypox, which scientists have been warning about for years, continue to rise around the world. Covid-19 followed by monkeypox provides an opportunity to reflect on what can be done to reduce the impact of this pandemic and future ones. (Julie L. Swann, 6/23)

Houston Chronicle: Memorial Hermann treated 140 children for gunshots in one year. Here’s what we’re doing about it

One hundred and forty. This is the number of children 18 and under who have been treated for gunshot wounds at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the past 12 months, an increase of nearly 75% from just three years ago year. With so many unspeakable tragedies unfolding across our country in recent weeks, we can all agree that Americans shouldn’t have to worry about being shot in their grocery store, church, school, doctor’s office, or Anywhere else. We mourn the loss of life, pray and promise “never again”, but we get stuck on the how. You’ve heard it said before, but it bears repeating: gun violence is not a political problem. It is a national public health emergency. And it’s time we started treating it as such. (David L. Callender and James J. McCarthy, 6/23)

Dallas Morning News: Suicide prevention needs a boost from Dallas-area colleges

In the Dallas area, college-aged adults commit suicide more often than people in any other age group, by far. It’s heartbreaking to count the numbers: More than 250 people in their twenties have died by suicide in Dallas County in the past four years, according to the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority. The reasons why people consider suicide are complex, but mental health experts point to economic, housing and social instability as the main reasons young adults are feeling increasingly hopeless. (23/06)

Stat: Congress: Fund PrEP to end the HIV epidemic

As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies considers programs to be funded in the 2023 Budget this week, many public health issues will demand their attention. . A funding decision that aims to end HIV—and that goal can be achieved—would also have long-term benefits for the entire health care system. HIV continues to infect thousands of Americans each year, many of them gay men, even though an effective prevention tool known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available. PrEP, which reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 99%, was first approved by the FDA in 2012 as a daily pill and is now available in a superior form as a bimonthly injection. (Carl Schmid, 6/22)

Stat: Needed: A clearer explanation of the importance of diversity in clinical trials

Increasing the diversity of participants in clinical trials is all the rage these days. The numbers tell the story: According to data from the Food and Drug Administration, in 2020, 75% of trial participants were white, 11% were Hispanic, 8% were black, and 6% were Asian. Given these numbers, regulators and sponsors are trying to expand the recruitment of people from different racial and ethnic groups. But one thing is missing: a clear explanation of why it matters. (Arthur L. Caplan, 6/23)

The CT Mirror: Back To Basics: New program to help more people in Connecticut access primary care

Studies have shown that people who have a relationship with a trusted primary care provider are more likely to be more satisfied with the healthcare system and are less likely to need emergency care or hospitalization for care. treble. Simply put: when people have what they need to get to their annual medical checkup with a doctor they trust, our communities become healthier and we spend less on health care – two priorities for us in the Connecticut. (Dr. Michael Jefferson, 6/23)

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