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Lead crisis shifts as infrastructure crumbles, experts say

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

A water crisis brewing in Flint, Mich., for nearly two years exposed children and others to lead from contaminated water. It also exposed health disparities from infrastructure. Glass of Water via photopin (license)

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A year after the Flint water crisis made national waves, the legacy of lead continues to draw attention as reporters follow up on the evolving public health concern.

What was once a public battle over perception as manufacturers’ inundated products with lead – from gasoline to painted cribs, toys and houses – has shifted to a more subtle, but no less serious disaster, according to public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner. Continue reading

Health officials talk about cities in crisis, disparities in health #AHCJ16

Andrea King Collier

About Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier (@andreacollier) is an independent journalist in Lansing, Mich. She attended Health Journalism 2016 on an AHCJ-Ethnic Media Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJHealth officials from four cities that have faced recent crises shared their perspectives on addressing health disparities during a roundtable at Health Journalism 2016. Susan Heavey, left, moderated the panel featuring Leana S. Wen, M.D., Melba R. Moore, M.S., C.P.H.A., Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., D.Phil., and Natoya Walker Minor, M.P.A.

Photo: Pia Christensen/AHCJHealth officials from four cities that have faced recent crises shared their perspectives on addressing health disparities during a session at Health Journalism 2016. Susan Heavey, left, moderated the panel featuring Leana S. Wen, M.D., Melba R. Moore, M.S., C.P.H.A., Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., D.Phil., and Natoya Walker Minor, M.P.A.

Health Journalism 2016 kicked off a powerful lineup of panels with a roundtable on covering the health angles of cities facing crises. Susan Heavey, who is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants and a reporter at Reuters, led the discussion featuring Leana Wen, M.D., health commissioner in Baltimore; Melba Moore, M.S., acting director of health/commissioner of health, City of St. Louis, Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., the executive director and health officer of the Detroit Health Department and Natoya Walker Minor, the acting director of the Cleveland Department of  Public Health.

All the panelists work in what they called “legacy cities,” older urban cities that have been under siege with issues that have kept them in the headlines. Continue reading

Water quality issues ripple beyond crisis in Flint

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: A Morning run... via photopin (license)U.S. cities beyond Flint, Michigan, are taking a closer look at their water quality as communities from Maine to California face challenges, tests.

Photo: A Morning run… via photopin (license)U.S. cities beyond Flint, Michigan, are taking a closer look at their water quality as communities from Maine to California face challenges, tests.

“The problem with lead is that it’s now really everywhere.”

That’s what David Rosner, author of “Lead Wars,” told NPR in a recent interview.

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, concerns over lead and water have expanded beyond the Detroit suburb. From Maine and Iowa to California and elsewhere, citizens, officials and news media are turning their attention to water quality issues. Continue reading

Health Journalism 2016 panel to look at cities tackling health and turmoil

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

road-to-cleveland-2For reporters covering the social determinants of health, AHCJ’s annual conference, April 7-10, will kick off with a roundtable discussion highlighting the unique health challenges facing U.S. cities in the face of turmoil.

The Thursday evening panel aims to shine a spotlight on how America’s urban areas address health care for their populations, featuring city health commissioners representing Baltimore, St. Louis and, of course, Cleveland. Continue reading

Dental emergencies persist even after the poor gain health coverage

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health and the author of "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America." She can be reached at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Micheal J via Flickr

Photo: Micheal J via Flickr

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of new beneficiaries.

But even with the new benefits, poor adults in many states still are likely to lack dental care. While children are entitled to dental services under Medicaid, in many states, dental benefits for adults are lacking. What’s more, even in states that do offer dental coverage for adults, participating dentists can be extremely hard to find. Continue reading