Proposed changes to federal nutrition program would risk families' oral health

More than 750,000 people are at risk of losing critical nutrition assistance under a proposed rule from the Trump Administration that would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

May Brings Stormy Weather

The old adage “April showers brings May flowers” does not seem to hold true this spring as we witness a pickup in stormy weather emanating from Washington.

What Is At Stake For Vietnamese Communities If The Affordable Care Act Is Struck Down?

After the war, my family and I joined over a million other Vietnamese immigrants who made the journey to reside in the U.S. and try the best we could to make it our second home.

In the Spirit of Sabotage - Limited Expansions and Other Half-Baked, Harmful Plans

In Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, elected officials seem hell-bent on defying the will of their voters, who all decided to pass Medicaid expansion without any cuts or barriers in the November 2018 midterm elections.

Leveraging Child Psychiatry Access Programs to Address Trauma and Increase Resiliency

Each one of us -- from our littlest babies to our wisest elders -- has mental health. We know that mental health begins early in life and develops throughout the entire lifespan.

Confronting the Obstacles to the Next Phase of Health Reform

This blog is the second in a three-part series on the path forward on health reform. To be clear, the main focus of this series is thinking about a political path forward on reform rather than describing a policy proposal (as important as that is).

Confronting the Wounds of Racism

During our recent visit to Montgomery, Alabama, we had the opportunity to confront our nation’s history of slavery, mass incarceration and racism, while also having our faith in our democracy elevated by witnessing energetically engaged consumer advocacy.

Medicaid - A Lifeline for Rural America

As we continue to celebrate Medicaid Awareness Month –an initiative led by the Protect Our Care -- to highlight the value of Medicaid, we turn our attention to the vital role of Medicaid for rural communities.

The Moral Imperative of Responsible Advocacy: An Educator’s Perspective on Dental Therapy

I teach an introductory dental public health course for first-year dental students. The course encourages students to use the scientific literature as the basis for developing evidence-based solutions to public health problems.
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