Health

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Asthma Rates Rise in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

Doctors and public health officials say they have never seen anything like this.

Lawsuit Challenges Texas Abortion Laws That Target Women of Color

As state lawmakers continue to pass restrictive measures, a coalition of reproductive rights advocates are working on what they call a “big fix” to Texas’ restrictive abortion laws.

New Reports Confirm How Ill-Prepared Puerto Rico is For Hurricane Season

With ongoing problems with both its electrical and water infrastructure, the island is in a weakened state.

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline emerges a few miles north of the Yukon River on July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Activists, Attorneys Say Government Ignored Data on Negative Impact of Pipeline on Natives, Blacks

The number of Indigenous people who could be negatively impacted is larger than those living near the Dakota Access pipeline.

A pair of black sneakers are in focus in a detention center and a security guard stands in the background.

SCOTUS Dismisses Lower Court Decision That Allowed Immigrant Teen to Obtain Abortion

A broader challenge to the administrations health care policy for detained, pregnant teens of undocumented status is still winding its way through the courts.

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WATCH: Kofi Siriboe Doc On Black Millennials' Mental Health

“Making ‘WTF Is Mental Health?’ has been a part of a healing process for me, one I’m still exploring.”

Two protestors holding black signs with white font that say "i am the pro-life generation" attempt to block a blue sign with white font that says "keep abortion legal" at a rally outside the supreme court

Trump's Appointee to Run Family Planning Program is Staunchly Anti-Choice

As deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Diane Foley will oversee the Title X program, which funds reproductive care for lower-incoming earning people.

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Michigan Seeks to Enact Nation's Strictest Rules on Water Lead Levels

The changes are a response to the ongoing Flint water crisis.

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

Trump Administration Cuts Funds to Orgs That Provide Abortions

The new policy targets Planned Parenthood and other organizations that serve lower-income earning women. 

Black boy in orange shirt tries to drink from a water fountain, his tongue is stuck out

EPA, White House Blocked Release of Study on Widespread Water Contamination

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show the decision was driven by politics, not health.

 Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis

ICYMI: Nestlé to Donate Water to Flint

Nestlé reportedly pays just $200 per year to access underground aquifers in the Michigan town of Evart, just two hours from Flint.

Patrisse Cullors speaking at the United State of Women Summit 2018

WATCH: Patrisse Cullors On How Midwifery Can Save Black Women's Lives

A new video and campaign address racial disparities in maternal death rates.

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

Judge's Order Derails Plans to Complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The pipeline is slated to run through St. James Parish, an area with a high number of oil refineries—and residents afflicted with cancer. 

A pair of black sneakers are in focus in a detention center and a security guard stands in the background.

Trump Administration Using New Tactics to Block Pregnant Teen Immigrants From Abortion Access

“The government certainly has been relentless in their attempts to find ways to force their anti-abortion beliefs on this population, and I feel like this is just another iteration of what they’ve done in the past.”

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New Legislation Aims to Prevent the Next Flint Water Crisis

Representatives Keith Ellison and Ro Khanna introduced The WATER Act on the fourth anniversary of the day Flint’s water woes began.

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

READ: Why Naming 'Race' As The Factor Behind Black Women's High Rates of Maternal Mortality Is Counterproductive

Ob-Gyn Dr. Joia Crear-Perry stresses that calling out racism is the only way to solve this health crisis.

A brown, pregnant abdomen

Maternal Mortality Rate in Texas Lower Than Believed, But Black Women's Numbers Remain Alarmingly High

A correction in data collection still confirms that Black pregnant Texans face disproportionate health dangers.

Junot Díaz. Brown man in deep purple sweater, blue and white striped button down and black-rimmed glasses stands and talks in front of a screen

Junot Díaz Opens Up About Sexual Abuse, Healing in New Essay

“More than being Dominican, more than being an immigrant, more, even, than being of African descent, my rape defined me.”

Jesse Jackson Leads National March In Flint To End Water Crisis

Michigan to Stop Distributing Free Bottled Water in Flint

Many of the city’s residents do not trust—or use—what comes out of their tap.

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

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration, Allows Undocumented Teens Access to Abortions

The temporary injunction also prevents the government from barring access to medical appointments.