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Public Health and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars: Developing a Framework

One of the most persistent struggles in public health and safety in America over the past century has been the burden placed on the healthcare system by motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. While the numbers of deaths and injuries have been reduced since their peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when deaths averaged more than 50,000 people per year, motor vehicles are still responsible for more than 30,000 deaths and more than two million injuries per year in the United States.

Topics: public benefits public health ethics

Election 2016’s Public Health Winners

Donald J. Trump wasn’t the only big winner of the November 8th election. The tenuous future of science and medicine, the Affordable Care Act, and women’s reproductive rights aside, public health made some big gains last week, as Americans voted for measures that will significantly affect the social determinants of health in their communities. Let’s take a look at some of these victories.

Topics: public benefits public policy election 2016

Healthier Eating for Low-Income Families: Innovative Models Succeed

Summer is a time of abundance for farmers of fresh fruits and vegetables! Yet many low-income and food insecure individuals have diets more likely to contain potato chips than carrots. We know these kinds of “junk food” diets make these individuals vulnerable to obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. What are the barriers to sharing the healthy harvest to a wider circle of individuals from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds?

Topics: food public benefits