Public Health

How advanced and emerging technology can help VA save lives

COMMENTARY | Veterans remain at an elevated risk of suicide. Here’s how we can fix that.

How $37 billion in federal funding is being used to improve at-home caregiving

Shared first by Vice President Kamala Harris, new data on American Rescue Plan funding for home and community-based service highlights successes and underscores the need for more.

VA hopeful boosted staffing can help reduce rising veteran suicides

With the number of veteran suicides climbing in 2021, the department continues to deploy resources and recruit mental health professionals to help provide care.

The painful pandemic lessons Mandy Cohen carries to the CDC

Cohen has been criticized for North Carolina's failure to get COVID tests to the most vulnerable residents, during her leadership of the state's pandemic response.

The NIH ices a research project. Is it self-censorship?

Even though the National Institutes of Health has had to navigate political rapids for decades, including enduring controversy over stem cell research and surveys on the sexual behavior of teens, this is a particularly fraught moment.

FDA Head Robert Califf Battles Misinformation — Sometimes With Fuzzy Facts

Efforts to respond to or regulate misinformation are becoming a political problem.

Preparation for pandemics and natural disasters updated in bill passed by Senate panel

Legislation would increase accountability, transparency in how federal government helps state, local governments prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

How a combination of covid lawsuits and media coverage keeps misinformation churning

Even as the covid-19 pandemic wanes, litigation — whether about vaccines, masks, or a range of other public health policies made during the pandemic — isn’t about to end.

Homeland Security law enforcement officers would receive more mental health support, under a bill advancing in the House

Bipartisan legislation reported out of committee earlier this week comes in the wake of an uptick of suicides among border personnel. 

CDC rolls out new COVID-19 website

The reworked COVID-19 website is part of a larger push to make the public health agency’s web presence easier to navigate, with plans to relaunch CDC.gov early next year.

The CDC is getting a new leader as it seeks to remake itself after the pandemic

Dr. Mandy Cohen, former head of North Carolina’s Health and Human Services Department, will be stepping in as the public health agency’s new director in July. 

What’s it really like to be HHS secretary? Three who’ve done it spill the beans

The secretaries past and present discuss their shared understanding of what it means to lead the agency at a time when health is at the front of American minds—and in the crosshairs of American politics.

Wildfire Smoke Can Harm Human Health, Even When the Fire is Hundreds of Miles Away – a Toxicologist Explains Why

Smoke from more than 100 wildfires burning across Canada has been rolling into North American cities far from the flames.

Coronavirus Roundup: The Last One

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

Coronavirus Roundup: The Future of the OSHA Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers from COVID is Unclear

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

What Public Health Lessons Need to Be Learned from the COVID Crisis?

Dr. Richard Stone joins the podcast to discuss his book and running VHA during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic.