Taxes have long been used by policy makers to try and impact behaviors. But some lawmakers now are looking at taxes through the prism of health disparities and acknowledging the affordability gap for everyday health-related products.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis recently wrote about efforts to end so-called “tampon taxes” in another tax fight revolving around inequity. Some city legislators in Washington want to exempt feminine hygiene products – and diapers – from the city’s sales taxes, following on such efforts in California as well as New York. Continue reading
Registered dietician, syndicated radio host and self-described “investigative nutritionist” Melinda Hemmelgarn has given a lot of thought lately to dental care and oral health. A recent episode of her public radio show, Food Sleuth, features an interview with Jane Grover, a dentist and director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.
In the interview, Hemmelgarn and Grover also discussed useful tips for maintaining oral health including good brushing habits and the foods that are more harmful to teeth. Continue reading
Hispanic medical and dental leaders at a recent joint meeting in Washington, D.C., highlighted the urgency of getting more culturally competent health care services to their communities.
A chronic shortage of Spanish-speaking health care providers has contributed to a lack of access to care and widespread health disparities among Hispanics, they stressed. Continue reading
This week, 70 San Francisco Bay Area media organizations have banded together to coordinate coverage on homelessness. The goal was to shine a bright spotlight on a pervasive problem that is only growing worse with the skyrocketing cost of living in the region.
The San Francisco Chronicle created a page that collects homelessness coverage from participating news organizations. You can follow coverage on Twitter at #SFHomelessProject. Continue reading
Photo: Spider via photopin (license)Georgia-based freelancer Carolyn Crist has written about health and travel. Her interests intersect in this tip sheet on the impact of geography, and its link to poverty, on health.
Carolyn Crist knows a little something about place.
A freelance journalist based in Georgia, Crist specializes in health, science … and travel writing.
The graduate of University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication spent several years assisting UGA’s Travel Writing in Prague program, in addition to writing about the uninsured, obesity, aging and other health issues. Continue reading