New Book on Social and Structural Determinants of Health, Health Equity, and Systems of Care for Underserved Populations

Essentials of Health Justice, published on April 4 by Jones and Bartlett Learning, examines the social and structural determinants of health, health equity, social justice, health policy, and systems of care for underserved populations.

Commentary Calls for Better Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Depression in Latinas and African American Women

In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, authors call for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latinas and African American women. “Increasing Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Depression in Latinas and African American Women: Addressing Stigma Is Not Enough” notes that rates of diagnosis and treatment for depression during pregnancy and after childbirth are low in Latinas and African American women. 

Op-Ed in the Washington Post on How the District of Columbia Can Help Improve the Health of Residents of the City’s Wards 7 and 8

The decision to close the District of Columbia’s United Medical Center, a public hospital, last December left residents in the city’s disadvantaged Wards 7 and 8 without a readily accessible hospital for the delivery of newborns.  Since then, D.C. government officials have been contemplating building a new public hospital. 

GAO Report: HHS Needs Better Information to Assess Impact of Federal Programs on the Physician Workforce

In 2015, the federal government spent $14.5 billion to fund graduate medical education training for physicians. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was responsible for 90 percent of this spending. A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends information that the agency can collect to aid in determining whether the programs are helping to ensure that enough doctors with specialties that people need will be in the places where our country needs them.

Health Centers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Face Serious Threats as the Next Hurricane Season Approaches

Six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the regions’ twenty-three community health centers continue to play a crucial role in responding to the catastrophe, providing direct care and essential community-based public health services.