iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease

By Professor Robert Girling, Adjunct Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Mills College   Over half a million Americans are currently being kept alive by dialysis machines that make them virtual captives for hours at a time each day. Meanwhile over 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant but only about 17,000 kidneys are available … Continue reading iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease

Keeping Up with the Joneses: Oakland’s Fight Against Big Soda

By Meghan Hunt, MPP Candidate 2017 This November, Oakland will ask voters to pass Measure HH, a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. With this legislation, I am happy to see Oakland tackle this important public health issue. In communities across the Bay Area, we experience higher rates of obesity compared to the … Continue reading Keeping Up with the Joneses: Oakland’s Fight Against Big Soda

Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem

By J. Westly McGaughey, MBA/MPP candidate 2016 On 3 November 2015, Ireland’s National Drug Strategy Chief announced that the country will decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use[1].  The move is intended to help addicts rather than jail them.  This is a prudent policy.  In contrast, the U.S. supports policies that go against the … Continue reading Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem

Reducing the Human and Environmental Impact of Improper Drug Disposal

By Angelica Gums MPP Candidate, expected 2016 Everyday people lack the necessary information and access to properly dispose of their unwanted or expired medications, leaving many to resort to harmful practices.  The lack of proper drug disposal practices in the United States has caused both environmental and human harm. While local government disposal programs and … Continue reading Reducing the Human and Environmental Impact of Improper Drug Disposal

A Healthy Oakland: Examining The Intersections Between Health And Land Use

By Laura Flynn, MPP 2012 Health and Our Home Step outside and walk around your neighborhood. Take notice of the presence and proximity of freeways, vacant lots, housing types, industries, modes of transportation, and grocery stores. These are just some examples of factors that affect the health of a neighborhood. Typically, many of us do … Continue reading A Healthy Oakland: Examining The Intersections Between Health And Land Use

School-Based Health Outreach and Enrollment

By Bianca Louie, BA Public Policy, 2012 Author’s Note: Under the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “Obamacare”), children are eligible for more choices and stronger coverage. Open enrollment in ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace began on October 1, making it easy for Californians to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they … Continue reading School-Based Health Outreach and Enrollment