Health

Pipelines in Williston, North Dakota, on June 15, 2011.

Racial Justice Groups Enjoy Tenuous Victory in Halting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction

The completed pipeline would expose Black communities along its path to dangerous levels of pollution, says the NAACP.

Work Begins In Flint To Replace Lead Water Pipes

Dangerously High Lead Levels Found In Suburban Chicago Homes

Researchers who helped in Flint, Michigan, are now intervening in Illinois.

Puerto Rico Officials Finally Admit Hurricane Maria Killed More Than 64 People

In a report to Congress, they placed the number at approximately 1,427 people. Meanwhile, a May study said the death toll was at least 4,645.

Robert Taylor. Black man wearing light blue buttondown shirt stands in front of brown brick building

WATCH: Robert Taylor Battles Chemical Plant in 'Breathing While Black'

The 77-year-old man’s majority Black hometown—Reserve, Louisiana—carries a cancer risk more than 700 times the national average.

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Baltimore Set To Ban Privatization of Water System

The law will make the city the first in the United States to protect its residents from the high costs that come with a privately-owned water utility.

White House plan would bar citizenship to legal immigrants who have use public benefits.

Trump Plan Would Bar Citizenship for Millions of Immigrants

A proposal being drafted by White House would deny citizenship to immigrants who have used public benefits, including child health care and Obamacare.

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New Report Details How Poorly The EPA Handled Flint Water Crisis

The EPAs inspector general says the agencys passivity worsened a catastrophic situation.”

Black-and-white photo of Prodigy in leather jacket with black and white text and black hat with white text while holding black microphone

New Podcast Explores Prodigy's Career, Health Journey

“The Realness” follows the Mobb Deep MC’s career and struggles with sickle cell anemia, which disproportionately impacts African Americans.

A pro-choice activist  in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

READ: Why Abortion Rights For Black Women Are a Blow to White Supremacy

Reproductive rights activist Yamani Hernandez: Black liberation is not measured in numbers of Black births; it is measured by thriving, autonomous Black lives.

A plume of exhaust extends from a coal-fired power plant built in New Eagle, Pennsylvania.

Real Estate Agents Encourage People of Color To Live In Polluted Neighborhoods

A new study finds an insidious reason behind the racial imbalance of residents in toxic communities. 

A Black woman with a large afro kisses a newborn wrapped in a white blanket

The Paradox of Postpartum Depression

Moms of color living on low incomes are the most likely to suffer postpartum depression and the least likely to receive proper care. Here’s how implicit bias, societal shame and (reasonable) fear conspire to perpetuate the disparity.

Brown woman holds pregnant belly, rest of frame is black

Racism Linked to High Maternal and Infant Mortality for Native Women

“We stopped keeping statistics on the number of Native moms and babies that are lost in our region; it was just too upsetting.”

READ: Why Overturning Roe v. Wade Is An Assault On More Than Abortion Rights

Though women of color stand to be hardest hit, reproductive rights activist Nancy Northrup argues that overturning the law would negatively impact everyone living in America.

A pro-choice activist  in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Anti-Choice Group Using SCOTUS Decision to Dismantle Abortion Laws

The Alliance Defending Freedom is targeting laws that govern the responsibilities of “fake women’s health centers” in Hawaii and Illinois as unconstitutional.

Jenifer Lewis. Brown woman wearing red shirt and red, white and green scarf on head and hoop earrings

Watch Jenifer Lewis' Viral Video About Flint

“Flint ain’t fixed!”

Puerto Rico's Water System Is Almost Fully Operational

Finally, some good news about post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

Brown woman with large pregnant belly sits, photo is in black and white

Senate Debates Bill That Could Save The Lives of Black Mamas

Watch as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017.

Protesters hold signs. Two blue and white signs say, "Keep abortion legal." One black and white sign says, "Abortion kills a person."

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 'Fake Women's Health Centers'

The Supreme Court just issued a blow to women’s right to obtain abortions.

Black and white photo of a woman's pregnant body.

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration to Protect Teen Pregnancy Prevention Progam

The administration’s change in the Obama-era initiative requires grant recipients to promote an abstinence-only approach that research has found to be ineffective.

Black woman with brown curly hair looks sad in front of a body of water

STUDY: Police Killings of Unarmed Black People Traumatize Black Communities

Co-author Atheendar S. Venkataramani: “It’s really about all the kinds of insidious ways that structural racism can make people sick.”