health equity

health equity

Proposition 47: Are health and equity included in news coverage?

This seminal piece of legislation has profound implications for health and equity in the state — but is that reflected in the news? We analyzed coverage to find out how the proposition is portrayed. Read more >


7 things advocates should know when communicating about health equity

Making the case for a society that supports health for everyone is easier said than done, even for the most seasoned public health advocates. Here are some tips to help ensure that the messages we use strengthen, rather than stymie, our social change efforts. Read more >


From me to us: Taking racism from the individual to the structural

Using language that moves racism from a personal issue to a structural one is key to showing how policy changes can benefit entire populations. But what does this mean for those who have experienced the personal pain of racism? How can those experiences fuel efforts to reframe it? Read more >


What's stopping California's moms from breastfeeding in the hospital?

Most expectant mothers enter the hospital wanting to breastfeed their babies but leave not doing so. A new California bill would help remove some of the obstacles that are making it hard for many moms to carry out their plans. Read more >


Media frenzy on breastfeeding asks wrong questions, obscures context for health

A recent Time Magazine article and the firestorm of commentary that followed asked, How long is too long to nurse a child? But if we're concerned about children and their health, we need to stop pitting mom against mom and start asking different questions. Read more >


NYT's Kristof calls for Bud boycott, decries brewer's greed

By flooding a town near South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with beer, the alcohol industry is fueling health inequities among the Oglala Sioux. Columnist Nicholas Kristof offers suggestions for reigning in the booze. Will industry listen? Will media keep the issue alive? Read more >


NYT exposes alcohol industry efforts to stall important health legislation

In its latest article about alcohol abuse and related health issues on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Times highlights the role of industry in perpetuating such abuse. Industry contributions to members of a key legislative committee may have hobbled efforts to limit sales in areas prone to alcohol-related crime. More >


Oakland Unified School District aims to provide health care to all students

A groundbreaking program would guarantee all OUSD students access to primary health care and prevention services. The effort represents a long-term investment in the health of students, and Oakland as a whole. It also gives the media an opportunity to open a dialogue about health equity. Read more >


'But we don't do that at Whiteclay': Health equity and social justice on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Alcohol companies have long targeted communities of color with harmful products. Now, one group has stepped up its efforts to fight back. After 10+ years of battling exploitation, the Oglala Sioux are suing brewers for promoting alcohol abuse among the tribe. Read more >


Food Day is also about food justice

The food and beverage industry's deceptive and unhealthy marketing practices contribute to the high rates of obesity often found among communities of color. Food Day, an annual event launched recently by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, offers an opportunity to speak out against these practices.



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