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Category Archives: Healthcare

07.24.18

Affordable Medicines Now Conference: A Deeper Look at the Insulin 4 All Movement

By Sean Bland

Last month, the O’Neill Institute partnered with Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer rights advocacy group, to organize the Affordable Medicines Now conference at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  The conference was designed to build skills and knowledge in the affordable medicines community, including activists, patients, health professionals, and policy makers at the state, […]

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04.19.18

NMAC Releases Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention Part II

By Sean Bland

Over the past two years, the O’Neill Institute has been working in partnership with NMAC to examine the status of biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation in the United States. The focus of this work has been to explore how to bring the promise of biomedical HIV prevention to all communities highly impacted by HIV […]

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04.09.18

O'Neill Institute Co-Sponsors Oral Health Convening Focusing on Children with Special Health Care Needs

By Mehgan Gallagher

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about Deamonte Driver, a twelve year old boy who died of a toothache in Maryland in February 2007. It is hard to believe a child can die in the United States from an untreated cavity, especially so close to the nation’s capital. While Deamonte’s death sparked outrage […]

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03.19.18

Breaking the Cycle of Violence against Women and Housing Instability

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold.  In the U.S., there is a profound stigma around being homeless and negative stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness are commonplace, painting them as lazy, addicted, mentally ill and potentially dangerous. Such stigma and stereotypes frequently distract us from serious challenges faced by people who experience […]

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03.09.18

Death from a Toothache: The Story of Deamonte Driver and Where we Stand Today in Ensuring Access to Dental Health Care for Children in the District

By Mehgan Gallagher

Oral health is an important part of overall health.  Unfortunately, many people forget this important aspect of wellbeing.  For children with special health care needs, dental hygiene is often low on the list of priorities for their parents and or caregivers.  In February 2007, twelve year old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache in Maryland. […]

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02.27.18

Several modest proposals to improve safety, reduce gun violence, and make Americans happy

By Eric A. Friedman

Over the past month or two, we’ve heard some proposals, both innovative and long-standing, to address violence and joblessness. Let’s start with the President’s suggestion that immigrants who enter our country – whether through several legal immigration routes or as unaccompanied minors – are a great threat to our safety. The proposed solutions are to […]

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02.15.18

The Truth Behind Home Health Aide Certification Requirements

By Mehgan Gallagher

    Home health aides (HHAs) play an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of the elderly, ill, and disabled.  This role varies from changing bandages and distributing medications, to grocery shopping and helping to pay bills.  Unlike other health care workers who are located in a health care facility, HHAs enter patient […]

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02.02.18

New "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" within Department of Health and Human Services

By Sean Bland

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the formation of a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” which will sit in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. HHS says that this new division has been established to “restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable […]

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01.02.18

With or without an advisory council, President Trump will be judged on whether he moves us closer to ending the HIV epidemic

By O’Neill Institute

In recent days, the Trump Administration has created an uproar with its abrupt decision to dismiss all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).  This is a troubling development, but one that has the potential to distract us from what matters: working collectively to end the HIV epidemic in the United States and […]

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12.08.17

Planning for Success: Adequate Funding for Hepatitis C Surveillance and Monitoring is Vital to Achieving Elimination

By Sonia Canzater

This blog post was written by Sonia Canzater and Jeffrey S. Crowley of the O’Neill Institute, and originally published on December 6, 2017 on the HepVu blog. The original post can be found here.    These are the facts: An estimated 3.9 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C Between 2010 and 2015, Hepatitis C incidence […]

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