Policy Impact Posts

When addiction and COVID-19 collide

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 Adam Leventhal Odds are about 50-50 that you know someone...

POP: Perspectives on Public Health audio series launches

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...

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Michael Cousineau, University of Southern California As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of the general population has been infected and...

Fewer uninsured since Obamacare, but disparities remain

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...

How the Medicaid expansion has helped the homeless

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....

In defense of needle exchange programs

In defense of needle exchange programs

Ricky Bluthenthal, professor of preventive medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC, is defending needle exchange programs as they face closure in various U.S. cities. The programs offer clean needles in exchange for old ones to lower the risk of HIV and hepatitis C...