Healthcare’s Lack of ASL Interpreters

Michele JuskowitzApr 14, 20244 min read
Henry Ford Health is an integrated healthcare organization based in Michigan, and in an ongoing federal court case, Sparks v. Henry Ford Health System et al., the organization was sued for alleged disability discrimination in violation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Plaintiff in this case, […]

Healthcare for Everyone: Sacramento, California Becomes a Sanctuary City for Transgender Individuals

Samantha FangApr 14, 20244 min read
Transgender individuals’ access to gender-affirming care is increasingly under attack. In response, various states are protecting access to gender-affirming healthcare through shield laws. While shield laws vary by state, the laws have two primary goals: (1) to protect transgender individuals, their families, and their medical providers against such attacks and […]

Braidwood Management Inc. threatens to upend recently enacted programs to curb new HIV cases

Harrison FerachiMar 11, 20244 min read
On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the presence of a rare form of pneumonia in five previously healthy gay men in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report — it wouldn’t be until 1986 that the Reagan administration mentioned “AIDS” in public. Around this time, about 16,500 people […]

From Flint to Gaza: Contradictory Narratives of Water, Health, and Crisis

Jessie Gregson-WilliamsMar 9, 20244 min read
In 2014, one American town prioritized cost-saving measures over the health of its people. The city of Flint, MI imprudently decided to trade its current drinking water system, which piped treated water from the nearby city of Detroit, to a new, familiar source: the Flint River. Inadequate treatment of this […]

Some Food Packaging May Soon Contain a Standardized “Healthy” Logo. Why, and What Is “Healthy?”

Arthur YollesMar 9, 20243 min read
 For years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has considered revising how it defines the term “healthy.” This April, the FDA is due to publish its updated definition of the term, which would change which foods manufacturers could legally claim are healthy. The definition has not been updated since 1994. […]