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Illustration: Two different hands hold up opposite online dating profiles. In the negative space between the hands are illustrated hearts but also illustrated STI viruses: syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The composition is on a pale lavender background.

Using Tinder to trace syphilis

Online dating apps mean more people don’t know who their hookups are, making STIs harder to trace. Enterprising public health workers are finding ways to turn the apps into tracing tools.
By Carrie Arnold
Illustration: Six different hands work to put together a puzzle in the shape of the state of Minnesota with the Medicaid caduceus at the center. The hands are different races and ages. The puzzle pieces are blue, pink, yellow and green.

Can Medicaid solve the “Minnesota Paradox?”

The state is one of the best places to live in terms of education, health, and quality of life—unless you’re Black. Minnesota Medicaid is trying to change that.
By Nathan Chomilo
Two women stand near in front of an open side door of a black SUV. The trunk of the car is also open. The logo for “Caja Solidaria” is applied on the rear window. The car is parked in a dirt driveway in front of a stone ranch house with a red tin roof in rural North Carolina. The front sun room of the house has two open umbrellas, plastic bins and other stuff. A tree with bright green leaves is in the front right of the image.

North Carolina’s radical Medicaid reinvention

Eighty percent of what affects our health happens outside of a medical setting. The state is investing $650 million to address the social drivers of health.
By Melba Newsome
Two elementary-aged children eat apples in a school cafeteria. They are wearing blue-polo shirts and there is a bright mural in the background.

The free school lunch paradox

Studies from around the world show U.S.-supported free school meals improve health, education, and economic development. So why are they at risk of cuts back home?
By RC Sadoff
A group of photographers, videographers, and members of the press stand over a table taking photos of seized handguns, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine from a bust of a major drug trafficking ring.

Here’s why police drug busts don’t work

Study finds overdose rates doubled in neighborhoods following police raids. Disruptions to safer drug supply lines could play a role.
By Grant Victor and Brandon del Pozo