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HPH Weekly: To reduce women’s health problems, start by erasing inequities

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Jo Zhou
May 9, 2024
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To reduce women’s health problems, start by erasing inequities

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“The history of women’s health is one of neglect,” writes Anita Zaidi, the president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s gender equality division. Zaidi urges funders, policymakers, and researchers to “revolutionize women’s health” by providing the field with the money and attention it has historically lacked.

Public health gets a much-needed hug

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After the last few years, public health workers could use a morale booster. The Invisible Shield, a new four-part documentary about the field, might just deliver: Ayana Underwood, reviewing the series for HPH, says it excels at storytelling—“a skill desperately lacking in public health.”

Hospitals can better help suicidal teens in the emergency room

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Being stuck in the emergency room isn’t good for suicidal teens, but some may need to wait for days or even weeks for an inpatient bed. That’s why Elizabeth Wharff developed a model called family-based crisis intervention (FBCI) to treat less-acute patients in the ER, making both teens and their parents feel safe going home.

As more youth struggle with behavior, clinicians are partnering with lawyers to help

The pandemic has left many U.S. students struggling with behavioral issues in school. Doctors and lawyers are collaborating to connect students’ medical needs to their legal rights—with the aim of creating a better environment for everyone.

This article was originally published by The Hechinger Report.

What we’re reading this week

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Think Global Health

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