Long Ignored Public Health Emergencies of Addiction

What I am about to say, perhaps no one wants to hear or read, as it were. But, I would be perpetuating a fraud, to myself and to those communities, groups and individuals who not only want to say, but need to hear someone else say these words. So, this goes out to the strong-minded, […]

Black Women and Infant Mortality Rates

Despite ranking first in per capita health care spending, the United States ranks only 55th out of 225 countries (in order of low to high) for infant mortality rates, with 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Moreover, this rank hides large racial disparities. Black infants die twice as often (11.1 deaths per 1,000 live births) as non-Hispanic white infants (4.8 deaths per 1,000 live […]

How Juvenile Justice is Perpetuating Homelessness Among Youth

The causes of youth being placed in juvenile detention facilities are numerous, some questionable. In fact, many of these placements could be avoided, if not prevented, if strategies and interventions are explored to make child welfare and diversion programs work. Youth involved in the juvenile justice system often have troubled backgrounds. Some are caught in […]

5 Protective Factors That Contribute to Strengthening Families

Using an ecological perspective, protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk. Promotive factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that actively enhance well-being. Taken together, protective and promotive factors increase the probability of positive, adaptive and healthy outcomes, […]