Proposed legislation to increase investment in primary care and decrease health inequities The Massachusetts House and Senate have referred a new bill on primary care to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. This bill, Senate No. 750, is sponsored by Senator Cindy F. Friedman and has three goals: 1) double primary care investment, 2) […]
Access to abortion is necessary for health and well-being. The recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs will have devastating impacts. Addressing reproductive health inequalities requires us to embrace and embed abortion care in health provision and policy. It is more important than ever that we train the next generation of health policy analysts and system scientists to advance abortion access.
Action is needed today! You can support the Massachusetts Data Equity Bill by contacting your state legislator today to ensure equitable representation, visibility, and inclusion through data collection and reporting. The bill has won support from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and […]
The Tufts Center for Health Systems and Policy took part in National Public Health Week “to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.” Each day had a theme. Read on for highlights! Monday, Day 1 Racism: A Public Health Crisis We at the Tufts Center […]
The world has reached a milestone of administering over 10 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly three-quarters of people in high-income countries are now fully vaccinated, and many are now offering third and even fourth doses. Lower income countries, however, are falling behind. Collectively these countries have a staggeringly low 5.5% full vaccination rate. […]
Without global herd immunity, the pandemic can never truly come to an end.
As the first snowstorm is upon us, and temperatures are dropping we must turn our attention to the homelessness crisis in the City of Boston. Last year, Boston reached a spectacular milestone when the percentage of homeless people able to find shelter during the 39th Annual Homeless Census reached over 98%—the lowest street count in […]
In a pandemic that disproportionately affects Black individuals, it is abundantly clear that racism in medicine is both prevalent and fatal. It is especially scary when those conditions coincide with pregnancy. Numerous studies have shown us that Black women die from pregnancy-related causes at three to four times the rate of white women every year […]
While facilitating health education classes at a local jail, I was personally struck by this simple truth: People while incarcerated don’t have the freedom to take control of their health. No matter how well I taught about analyzing nutrition labels, they were still given the same carbohydrate and fat-heavy foods. No matter how passionately I […]