Health Policy

When addiction and COVID-19 collide

The coronavirus outbreak could worsen America’s substance use crisis. USC addiction expert Adam Leventhal explains why it matters to all of us. (Originally posted at Trojan Family Magazine.) By Eric Lindberg Odds are about 50-50 that you know someone who’s been addicted to drugs, at least if you’re in the U.S. And now

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USC audio series POP: Perspectives on Public Health

POP: Perspectives on Public Health audio series launches

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences has launched a new audio series – POP: Perspectives on Public Health. The occasional series explores a broad spectrum of public health issues, and their real-world effects, through interviews, discussions and special event episodes. Hosted by Karina Dominguez Gonzalez, MPH, of the Office of

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Fewer uninsured since Obamacare, but disparities remain

The percentage of adults and children without health insurance declined dramatically in Los Angeles between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report from the LA County Department of Public Health, compiled with assistance from USC. The sharp decline—from 28.5 to 11.7 percent—spanned racial, ethnic, age, gender and geographic groups of adults

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How the Medicaid expansion has helped the homeless

As part of the USC Center for Health Journalism’s “Remaking Health Care” blog series, Michael Cousineau, professor of clinical preventive medicine, explains how Medicaid has assisted Los Angeles County’s efforts to house the homeless. The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the low-income health care program “was a game-changer for homeless adults and their doctors,” Cousineau writes, noting

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