King vs. Burwell Brings a Sigh of Relief, But Now it’s Back to Work!

Read JSI’s Rachel Tobey’s commentary on the Supreme Court’s landmark decision this week in King v. Burwell, which ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not prevent tax subsidies from going to help people buy health insurance in states that have not set up insurance exchanges under the health-care reform law.

Impassioned Community Establishes a Federally-Qualified Health Center in Wyoming, Increasing Care Access for Underserved  

A group of individuals in rural Wyoming made it their mission to increase access to care for the medically underserved by creating a Federally-qualified Health Center.

Electronic Cigarettes: Combating Misconceptions by Supporting Public Education

Electronic cigarettes (ENDS) are growing in popularity, as well as the public misconceptions around their health-risks. Learn more about these popular e-cigarettes, especially among young adults, and how local RI providers are educating people about the serious health issues related to ENDS.

Don’t Overlook Male Engagement in Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Males are half the equation when we’re talking about teen pregnancy prevention. In honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, JSI’s Myriam Hernandez-Jennings explains the importance of bringing young men into the conversation about family planning, pregnancy prevention, and healthy relationships.

Design thinking & global health: an opportunity

Design thinking takes a human-centered approach to creating and implementing innovative programs, integrating the needs of the people/customers, the possibilities of technology and other innovations, and the requirements of business success. The design process starts with empathy generation, and then moves through various stages until you’re testing a final prototype with users.

Spreading the word about community based participatory research for asthma reduction

Pediatric asthma affects an estimated 7.1 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18. In the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, a largely immigrant Latino community, pediatric asthma affects more than 14% of school age children, primarily due to environmentally related health disparities. In a city like Lawrence, issues such as language, literacy, and culture present challenges to reaching and engaging families in environmental health education.

Increasing Access to Adult Immunization in Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts benefit from a universal select childhood vaccine program, and Massachusetts has some of the highest childhood vaccination rates in the nation. Adults, however, have less access to vaccine supplies, services, and information, and rates have lagged behind.

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Speech & Pathogenesis

This poses a serious question for all of us working in HIV/AIDS-related projects across African countries. It is rare to find a clear policy on professional PEP, and even when policy is in place, its implementation is patchy to say the least. Health workers in program-supported facilities get exposed to possible infection, but data are scanty (no directory of professional incidents is being compiled); ARVs may not be easily available for any use other than treating registered patients; and a sense of resignation about the occurrence of these incidents is common among health staff. While the PEP strategy is being gradually expanded for post-rape survivors, it is paramount to provide it for health workers even in remote facilities with no ARV provision.