Lives are Literally at Stake

In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40,000 women die from breast cancer every year. Breast cancer deaths are … Continue reading

Carrying the Big Stick in Health Policy

In 2004, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, which would publicly report delivered by US hospitals. A recent study investigated quality of care measures and racial/ethnic performance rates among and within hospitals from 2005 … Continue reading

Family planning & Medicaid

Expansion of Medicaid has been one of the most controversial provisions in health reform. With the Supreme Court’s June 2012 ruling that states could opt out of the Medicaid expansion, nearly half the states in the country are leaning towards foregoing expansion. Just as controversial a … Continue reading

Disaster Relief & Mental Health

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror." "Section 416 of the Robert … Continue reading