A 2005 law states that expectant mothers with no minor children who are experiencing homelessness are not eligible for private, family shelter until their third trimester. Until then, they must stay in crowded, low barrier shelters. How does that affect the maternal mortality crisis in DC?
The media’s practice of constantly referring to that clandestine and abusive experiment as the primary reason for vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans is myopic. At best, it has turned into a lazy form of shorthand for a long and complex history. At worst, the trope writes off Black people as apathetic victims.
Is it a new day at the American Medical Association?
The influential AMA and more than 600 members of its House of Delegates have officially recognized racism as a public health threat and race as a social construct instead of a biological one.
But some activist medical students say the statement is late and empty.
In just the first three months of 2020, 19,416 people across the country died from drug overdoses, surpassing last year’s first-quarter total by almost 3,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Can we afford to abandon in light of a new public heath crisis?
The ugly history of clandestine experiments and abuse of Black patients casts a long shadow.
Seniors living in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are at a higher risk for infection from the coronavirus due to age and possibly having compromised immune systems.
How do candidates in DC running for office engage voters while social distancing?
The recent closures of maternity wards at United Medical Center and Providence Hospitals have left expectant mothers in a bind. The dearth of healthcare outlets in the East End is an S.O.S. of sorts. It is frightening not to have a birthing plan in place. It is even more unnerving to know that if something happens during the pregnancy you may have to rely on someone who isn’t familiar with your medical history for help.
But from the glass-half-full perspective, times like these can be a great...
For the second year in a row, a community staple is getting financial support to expand its outreach and improve the health outcomes of women and babies. Mamatoto Village, a perinatal family support organization located in Ward 7, provides non-clinical assistance for DC expectant mothers. Recently the nonprofit received additional funding that will help it hire more helpers, boost salaries of select staff members and get educational materials.
Mamatoto Village has received a grant from March ...
Their children died years ago, and they know what’s in store for families of the recent victims.
Are you still a mother if your child passes away? What if you lose a child and just so happen to be engaged in a casual conversation with a stranger who offhandedly asks, “So, how many children do you have?” How do you answer that? In the wake of a homicide, maintaining your composure while facing questions like these could be the hardest part of your existence.
The year 2018 ended with 160 homici...
All three men spent time in prison and subsequently completed D.C.’s Pathways Program.
Six days into 2020, D.C. is facing four homicides. In 2019 the city saw its highest homicide count in a decade.
City Paper sat down with three men who are familiar with violence and funerals and asked them to give the data some context.
FEATURE STORY. The spotlight on maternal health in America — and in the District — has grown in intensity over the last few years. There has been increased scrutiny about the care available to expectant mothers, especially in black communities where health care can be deficient. So what is being done to lower maternal mortality rates and increase the availability of supportive services? And how are socioeconomic issues that women like Nandi face being addressed?