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Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

These posts look at health in the context of the countries, states, cities, and areas we live in – where policy, politics, and population health science has an impact on the health of our families.

Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Sexting and Child Abuse Allegations

By August 30, 2016 No Comments

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours (and if you have been, can I join you please?) you’ve likely heard that married former congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has been caught sexting for a third time. Subsequently his wife, Clinton advisor Huma Abedin, has announced she has […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

How to Talk to Your Son About Brock Turner, Consent and Sexual Assault

By June 9, 2016 1 Comment

“Mom, have you heard about the Stanford swimmer?” My breath catches as I look at my nine-year-old son sitting in front of me. The room fades away; I’m at a crossroads. Behind me is safe territory, of stuffed animals and lullabies and schoolyard games. Before me, an adolescent abyss, shrouded in fog and uncertainty. I […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children

Fact Checking the “Nightmare Superbug” + The End of Antibiotics

By June 1, 2016 No Comments

Last week news hit that a strain of E. Coli resistant to colistin was found in a woman suffering from a bladder infection in Pennsylvania. This was notable as colistin is a last-resort antibiotic and these bacteria have become problematic in some areas of Europe and China, but until the announcement last week, it hadn’t […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Ready or Not? Why Unplanned Pregnancy Is At A 30 Year Low

By May 10, 2016 No Comments

If you ask 1,000 people which age group has the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy (and, as someone who works in reproductive health, this is exactly the kind of thing I am apt to do), most Americans will say teens. It makes logical sense, teens don’t have a reputation as the most responsible cohort, and […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning

Transgender Bathroom Debate Misleads Parents About Sexual Violence

By May 9, 2016 No Comments

This post is in response to numerous reader questions regarding children, sexual violence and transgender bathroom rights. As the parent of two young children, and a professional working in the anti-sexual violence movement, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the prevention of child sexual abuse. Recent national headlines have discussed legislative efforts […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Science 101 + Mythbusting