10.24.19

Privatization of Public Services and the Risks to Human Rights: Alston’s Report on the Digital Welfare State

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Last Friday, October 18th, Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, presented his report on human rights and digital welfare states to the UN General Assembly. The report, a result of Alston’s country visits to the UK, the US as well as 60 submissions from 34 countries, warns of the misuse and […]

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10.24.19

Addiction and Public Policy: Creating Reform Through the Lens of Lived Experience

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It was 2018 and I was at the New York State Recovery Conference with T.K. Rabii, a 24-year old peer advocate, public speaker, and person in long-term recovery. I was speaking at the conference on behalf of the Governor of New York for whom I was working at the time and I was about to head […]

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10.18.19

More or the same? Reflecting on debates around the Global Fund’s mandate

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Last week, the Global Fund met its replenishment target of $14B. The news was greeted mostly with sighs of relief, especially because it was a near thing. The Global Fund is the largest star in the global health firmament, channeling more money than any other multilateral actor.* It has leveraged this funding to impressive ends. […]

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10.18.19

Utilizing Model Laws to Expand Access to Cancer Treatments in Africa

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WHO reports that 70% of deaths caused by cancer occur in low and middle-income countries where it is very difficult to access diagnosis and treatment leading to late-stage identification of the disease and minimal chance of survival. One of the things that come to my mind when I think of Africa and cancer is the […]

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10.17.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

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This post was written by Regina LaBelle, Leigh Bianchi, and Somer Brown. This post was originally published on July 10, 2019 and updated on October 17, 2019. It has been amended to only include the candidates who were present for the democratic debate held on Tuesday, October 15. As communities across the country continue to struggle […]

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10.17.19

Family Separation Isn’t New in the U.S.

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On October 3, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of the children and parents “who were forcibly torn from each other under the Trump administration’s illegal practice of separating families at the border.” The complaint discusses the traumatic effects that even brief family separation has on children. Family separation in […]

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10.10.19

Our House is on Fire: Climate Change as a Global Public Health Crisis

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In September, the United Nations Secretary-General convened a Climate Action Summit to mobilize governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to enhance global action and address the undeniable threats from climate change. In his opening statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that: “[t]he best science, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tells us that […]

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10.04.19

Gun Violence and E-Cigarettes: It Might Be Worth Focusing on Similarities Instead

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Image by Slyngstad Earlier this month, amid the alarming outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in the United States, the Trump Administration announced its intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes. This prompted a response from gun-control advocates, who pointed out that gun deaths vastly outnumber the fatalities attributed to vaping.  Shannon Watts, founder of […]

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10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

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At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

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09.27.19

HIV Policy Plans Must Have a Focus on Gay and Bisexual Men

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Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. While gay and bisexual men make up about 2% of the population, they accounted for 70% of the 38,379 new HIV diagnoses in the United […]

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