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The recognition that societal ills are concentrated in particular places has been a part of my life from a very early age. Growing up in the Lower Passaic River watershed, vacant lots, abandoned properties and contaminated sites were and remain abundant.
We all need a health-promoting environment. Without it, a number of social and economic problems can arise for individuals and communities at large. But not everyone has access to a healthy environment as evidenced by where pollution-producing facilities are located. While some may argue that these facilities need to be located somewhere, it is the likelihood of their siting in Black, Latino and working class and low-income communities that calls into question the fairness of these decision making procedures.
Thursday, President Trump declared the current opioid crisis a public health emergency , a move to address this
transmuted crisis that was highly anticipated by drug policy scholars.
In a report marked for official use only recently obtained by Foreign Policy, the FBI assessed that “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement,” classifying those espousing this ideology as “black identity extremists," or BIEs.
On Oct. 1, at least 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured in a mass shooting committed by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man, at a concert in Las Vegas.
Doctors are seen as trustworthy individuals who dedicate their careers to their communities and larger public service, yet, for marginalized people, especially black Americans, the medical community elicits fear and mistrust due to a record of discriminatory practices in diagnosis and treatment.
Many students enter trade schools, colleges, and universities with the primary goal of obtaining meaningful employment after graduation.
In conversations about how to address societal illnesses, we largely gloss over the nuances and complexities of the situation.
Researchers, activists and practitioners in environmental justice (EJ) have conducted work supporting the conclusion that poor communities of color are more likely to be plagued by environmental health hazards and pollution.
White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney recently defended proposed budget cuts to prominent anti-hunger programs, including the popular Meals on Wheels America and school meal programs, stating that the administration will not spend money “on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises ...” He went on to claim that there is “no demonstrable evidence” that school meals help kids perform better academically.
Earlier this week, Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, announced plans to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The announcement follows Chance’s meeting with Gov.
Children are the very foundation of our communities and society. Our families welcome children every year — we nurture, care for, teach and love them with the hope that they will develop into happy, healthy and well-informed members of the world.
Time and time again, elected officials and the media decry “failing urban schools” and the handicap they give poor children, particularly black and Hispanic children, entering adulthood.
Having children and supporting families is central to human life and the propagation of mankind. Yet, those who choose to have children are met with an increasingly uncertain future when planning their families.
What do you do about underperforming or poorly managed public school districts? How do you ensure the educational and developmental needs of children are being met?
The 1896 Supreme Court ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson found Louisiana's “separate but equal” law of authorized segregation constitutional.
In December, 2015, Michigan Radio reported that the water at a Flint resident's home returned a lead content of 104 parts per billion.
The arrival of fall weather is encouraging students to walk, bike and take the bus to their classes.
In New Jersey, early fall is a time of great bounty with more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables in season.
Almost six years ago, the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) enacted substantial changes to the federal Child Nutrition Programs the bill authorizes, including the beloved National School Lunch Program (NSLP).