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Want to repeal the ACA without actually repealing the ACA? Gut the individual mandate.

In unsurprising but equally as disappointing news, Republicans in Congress are trying yet again to take affordable health care access away from millions of their fellow Americans. Here’s what it means for you. Yet again.

New database catalogues deadly crimes against workers

Now available is a first-of-its kind database of U.S. worker fatality cases which were criminally prosecuted. The collection currently contains 77 cases from 17 states, and offers links to court records, investigation files, and news stories from each case.

Congress prods Labor Secretary about silica rule, injury reporting, workplace violence

Alexander Acosta told lawmakers that negotiations are underway to resolve industry's and labor's concerns about OSHA's silica rule. He answered questions about workplace violence and requirements for injury reporting.

WHO releases new guidelines on antibiotics in food animals; USDA muddies the waters

In its release of new guidelines that recommend big reductions in antibiotic use in food animals, WHO cited the presence of extensive literature on this topic. So why did USDA put out a statement with a misleading description of the guidelines' scientific basis?

Occupational Health News Roundup

Department of Interior considers withdrawing retaliation protections for offshore oil workers; unions re-examine their role in the wake of sexual harassment revelations; America's fastest-growing jobs are also among the lowest-paying jobs; and migrant women continue to face exploitation on the job.

Mine workers push back on Trump’s safety rollback, law on their side

Workers who are employed at U.S. metal and aggregate mines are rejecting the Trump administration’s proposal to rollback safety protections. The United Steelworkers (USW) represents workers at some of these mining operations. The union...Show More Summary

Occupational health, environmental protections the focus of new public health policies

The American Public Health Association (APHA) adopted 13 new policy statements during its annual meeting. These well researched policy statements and accompanying recommendations allow APHA to advocate effectively on the most pressing public health issues. Show More Summary

Honoring exceptional research and advocacy to advance occupational health and safety

Five individuals were honored this week by the American Public Health Association for their accomplishments to advance occupational health and safety. Formal recognition of their research and advocacy came during an awards luncheon hosted by the association’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Section. Thomas A. Arcury, PhD and Sara A Quandt, PhD of Wake Forest [...]

More news from the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting

The largest annual gathering of public health researchers, advocates, and policy makers continued this week at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (APHA). The following are some highlights from yesterday’s events, courtesy of the APHA Annual Meeting blog. Keep up the climate fight. Are we up to the task of [...]

In wake of Zika outbreak, survey finds major improvements needed in U.S. mosquito control

In southern Texas, the city of Laredo hasn’t confirmed a single case of dengue in nearly 20 years. Just a short walk across the border into Mexico, the city of Nuevo Laredo has confirmed hundreds of cases of the mosquito-borne disease. Hector Gonzalez says the difference lays in the city’s robust commitment to public health-led mosquito control.

News from Atlanta at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

More than 12,000 public health researchers, advocates and policy makers have converged on Atlanta for the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Participants are taking advantage of hundreds of scientific sessions and sharing their research on the latest public health topics. I’ll be sharing highlights from each day’s events, courtesy of the [...]

From Baltimore to Billings, local solutions to women’s health concerns

Regular readers know the past several months have been full of bad news for public health, so I’m happy to be able to highlight something positive: Policy findings from five different communities that took very different approaches to tackling gender health disparities. Articles about their experiences were recently published in a supplement to the journal [...]

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