Health

COMMENTARY

Pandemic made racial discrepancies in health care much worse

BY: - September 27, 2022

As a Colorado native and a biology researcher studying infectious disease and the human immune system, I am in firm agreement with Dr. Vanessa Griffith’s commentary in this paper last month, “Socioeconomic status should not determine access to health care in America.” The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, but […]

Lamborn, Neguse introduce bill that would increase fentanyl education in schools

BY: - September 26, 2022

Two members of Congress from Colorado introduced bipartisan legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow unused COVID-19 funding to be used for fentanyl education and prevention efforts in schools.  The bill, called the Protecting Kids from Fentanyl Act, allows Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding passed in COVID-19 relief packages to […]

Senators seek urgency from Defense Department on PFAS chemical exposure

BY: - September 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of 40 U.S. senators including Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado wrote to the Department of Defense asking officials to address toxic chemical exposure at military installations.  Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS substances, are synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam, among other products. The chemicals are notoriously persistent […]

Rep. Crow proposes legislation to protect military members’ access to abortion

BY: - September 20, 2022

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow proposed a bill today that would protect U.S. service members’ right to abortion care across the military, regardless of what state they are posted in and that state’s abortion policies. The Access to Reproductive Care for Servicemembers Act, sponsored by Crow and Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, would codify into […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative. Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]

Democratic lawmakers back ‘bill of rights’ for Colorado’s home care workers

BY: - September 13, 2022

The organizers of a group representing home health care workers in Colorado said Tuesday that more than 50 lawmakers and legislative candidates have signed on to support increased protections and benefits for workers in an industry that advocates say has been stretched far too thin. The Home Care Workers Bill of Rights includes higher wages […]

Colorado farming is a multibillion dollar industry — so why are so many residents going hungry?

BY: - September 12, 2022

This story originally appeared in the Pueblo Star Journal. To head east on U.S. 50 is to enter a verdant realm of lush fields and towering trees. It’s a greenbelt that meanders along the length of the lower Arkansas River from the city’s eastern edge to Rocky Ford and beyond – a Nile Valley-esque landscape […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]

COMMENTARY

Preventing overdoses requires awareness — and action

BY: and - August 31, 2022

Five people in Colorado will die from drug overdoses today. Another five will tomorrow. And five more every day into the future, until we reverse this devastating trend. Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to mourn those we lost to overdoses, support those who survived an overdose, and honor those grieving the […]

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus.  The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Jason Crow

Abortion providers make plea for more resources and protections as Colorado sees influx of patients

BY: - August 25, 2022

Sitting in a room with a group of abortion providers and advocates Wednesday at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow took diligent notes as the subject experts told him what they need to improve abortion access in Colorado.  As the state has seen an influx of new patients […]

Gun safety advocates, Colorado lawmakers highlight need for more action as school year starts

BY: - August 24, 2022

As Colorado students returned to classrooms after the summer break, gun safety advocates and Democratic lawmakers gathered outside the Colorado Capitol Wednesday to urge vigilance and further action as school shootings continue to plague American schools. “Did you know that guns are the leading cause of death among children in Colorado?” asked Karin Asensio, executive […]