public health

Stark racial disparities exist for vaccination rates across U.S.

BY: , and - May 20, 2021

Black Americans’ covid-19 vaccination rates are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign, while Hispanics are closing the gap and Native Americans show the highest rates overall, according to federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News. The data, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a public records request, gives […]

Public safety, tax relief and vaccinations: Legislators offer perspective on Billings-area issues

BY: - May 11, 2021

Montana lawmakers from the state’s largest regional delegation arrived to hear concerns from the business leaders of the biggest city in the state on Tuesday. In a legislative wrap-up forum that saw Reps. Kathy Kelker, D-Billings and Bill Mercer, R-Billings, give remarks, the Billings Chamber of Commerce hosted the biennial gathering to review accomplishments and […]

Are masks a forever thing?

BY: - May 10, 2021

Masks and physical distancing are proving to have major fringe benefits, keeping people from getting all kinds of illnesses — not just covid-19. But it’s unclear whether the protocols will be worth the pain in the long run. The teachers at New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, were chatting the other day. The private Christian […]

COMMENTARY

Poll shows Montanans trust local health officials and their decisions

BY: , and - April 24, 2021

Montana’s response to the COVID pandemic has put our state’s public health system in the spotlight, as well as into the crosshairs. Through numerous bills this session, members of the Montana Legislature have sought to attack our state’s public health system and insert politics and bureaucracy into the process of making decisions that keep our […]

Montana sticks to its patchwork COVID vaccine rollout as eligibility expands

BY: - April 6, 2021

Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine eligibility to all people 16 and older starting this month. KHN, Montana Free Press and the University of […]

COMMENTARY

Analysis: How the U.S. invested in the War on Terrorism at the cost of public health

BY: - March 31, 2021

Here’s one big takeaway from our country’s disastrous 2020 covid response: For 20 years, we’ve lavished attention and money on fighting human terrorism and forgot that the terrorism of nature is equally deadly, deserving equal preparation. Today, with more than 545,000 U.S. covid deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public […]

In America, COVID vaccine eligibility is ‘crazy quilt’ of state rules

BY: - March 29, 2021

In North Carolina, the nation’s leading tobacco producer, any adult who has smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime can now be vaccinated against covid. In Florida, people under 50 with underlying health conditions can get vaccinated only if they have written permission from their doctor. In Mississippi, more than 30,000 covid vaccine appointments […]

Bill would allow children to attend school without vaccines

BY: - February 17, 2021

Wednesday, members of the medical and scientific community blasted a bill that would allow children to attend school without being vaccinated. They repeated concerns —this is a dangerous bill; it puts the public at risk; this is highly concerning — as they challenged a move to expand the definition of immunization to include immunotherapy or […]

With demand exceeding supply, people are jumping the vaccine line

BY: - February 2, 2021

The Biden administration’s much-needed national strategy to end the covid-19 pandemic includes plans to remedy the chaotic vaccination effort with “more people, more places, more supply.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open more vaccination sites, the government will buy more doses, and more people will be immunized. Still, by all estimates, the demand for […]

‘Fauci effect’ hits Montana

BY: - February 2, 2021

The University of Montana received three applications for its master’s in public health by the priority deadline in January last year. This year, UM got 22 applications by the early deadline, and it’s anticipating more before March 1. “We’ve never had an influx of (MPH applications) like this,” said Tony Ward, chairman of UM’s School […]