The Affordable Care Act and States’ wrong

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The Supreme Court issued a lot of important and sensible rulings last week: enshrining marriage equality as the law of the land, supporting... Read more

Maternal mortality: A problem with solutions

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Rates of maternal mortality (deaths within one year of the end of a pregnancy) are too high in the United States and too high in Philadelphia... Read more

Philadelphia’s rankings: good for visitors, bad for us

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Philadelphians gleefully share a lot of city rankings with pride. And why not: It’s a great feeling to be part of this vibrant community!... Read more

Public health in practice: A WASH interview with Timothy Hayden

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Last month, Timothy Hayden returned to Australia (where I’m currently based) after coordinating the WASH activities Aspen Medical for four... Read more

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

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Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie... Read more

The Diabetes Blues

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Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t tell my head from my feet Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t hardly tell... Read more

A century after W.E.B. Du Bois, science still gets race wrong

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Most of us today don’t know the name W.E.B. Du Bois. But we should. Du Bois’s pioneering sociological work on race (books like... Read more

Care for all: A look back at Philadelphia General Hospital

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I moved to Philadelphia in 1976, and the first thing on my agenda was to get a job. After making the rounds of several hospitals, I made my way... Read more