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Advocating for a Fair Workweek

Many low-income individuals are subject to erratic, unfair employment scheduling practices that interfere with their ability to receive ongoing and critical healthcare services; maintain other benefits; and secure childcare.  Constantly being “on call,” not knowing whether you will need to come in to work or not, even on your days off, leads to increased stress and a decreased quality of life. Advocates in the City of Philadelphia are encouraging City Council members to adopt Fair Work Week practices that will eliminate these unjust scheduling practices. On March 6th the Philadelphia… Read more Advocating for a Fair Workweek

The wrong side of history: The struggle to protect our nation’s health during a time of political apathy toward helping the poor.

On June 28, 2012 a group of public health leaders nervously huddled together to focus on a steady stream of words being projected on to a screen. The collective of heath care providers, epidemiologists, administrators, educators, lawyers and advocates who were previously gathered to discuss the American Public Health Association’s upcoming agenda and activities for the year, were now closely watching live coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed in to law by President Obama in 2010. When the information… Read more The wrong side of history: The struggle to protect our nation’s health during a time of political apathy toward helping the poor.