Category Archives: public health

The paranoid style in [Oregonian] politics

Last Friday Slate published my latest piece on the battle over water fluoridation in Portland, Oregon. It’s a public health measure (in strengthens your teeth) embraced by the vast majority of the medical, dental, and scientific community and almost every … Continue reading

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I’m in Ms. Magazine!

I have a long form article in the Winter issue of Ms. Magazine which is, unfortunately, only available in print. It’s about the recent upsurge in violent right-wing extremism, with a focus on anti-abortion terrorism, and the Department of Homeland … Continue reading

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Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

My latest health piece for Slate on the efficacy of the HPV vaccine for older people who have, in all likelihood, already been having sex for a while. There a lot of expert interviews and technicalities, but here’s the takeaway: … Continue reading

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Murder in Urban America

I’ve just started a regular gig blogging for Next City (formerly Next American City). Nothing major, just a couple posts a month, but I’m excited to have a regular outlet. My first post went up yesterday, and it is about … Continue reading

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Eds and Meds and the Future of Health Care Reform

Next American City just published a long piece I wrote on strategies to improve healthcare outcomes and reduce costs in poor urban areas–Trenton, New Jersey specifically–and why it will be so much harder to bring similar models to the rest … Continue reading

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Philly Restaurants That Actually Care About Their Employees

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics. Yesterday the Philly chapter of the Restaurant Opportunities Center held a release party for their 2013 National Guide to Ethical Eating (and, yes, there’s an app for that). The event was held at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To This Space: Crazy Long Articles

Next week I’ve got a big piece coming out for Next American City, featuring struggling south Jersey cities, Rahm Emanuel’s brother, and what’s next for healthcare reform. And Philly of course. Get excited. Here’s what they have to say about … Continue reading

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Philly still needs paid sick leave

I wrote this piece for the Inquirer in the September of 2010, at the beginning of the fight for universal earned sick leave for all the cities’ workers. (A nationally-tweaked version can be found at HuffPo, the Inky version has … Continue reading

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What lack of access to abortion looks like

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics.  Last week I received my copy of Tomorrow Magazine, the product of the excellent editorial team that GOOD laid off en masse at the beginning of the summer. (You should buy a copy of Tomorrow: It’s real pretty.) The magazine is crammed with interesting articles and fun features, from zombie … Continue reading

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State Reps to Poor Women: Prove You Were Raped or Lose TANF Assistance (UPDATE)

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  From Think Progress, new depths of barbarism from our state legislators (House Bill 2718). A Pennsylvania House bill seeks to limit the amount of TANF assistance that low-income women receive based on … Continue reading

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