What Happens When New Supermarkets Open in Food Deserts? Not What You May Think.



For years, public health advocates have argued that food deserts—neighborhoods without grocery stores or other fresh food vendors—contribute to a disproportionate burden of obesity and chronic [...]

What Is Single Payer, Anyway? It Depends Who You Ask.



For any political candidate running for office today, a central health-policy question is: What do you think of single payer? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What, exactly, do [...]

How Community Health Workers Could Create Less-Costly, Higher-Quality Care



We usually think of innovations in health care—novel cancer treatments, cutting-edge surgical techniques, powerful imaging tests—as being developed in the U.S., and later diffusing to other [...]

Homicide’s Role in the Racial Life-Expectancy Gap



For all the talk of worsening economic inequality, here’s something that goes unnoticed: Disparities in health between blacks and whites in the U.S. have never been smaller. In 1970, the gap in [...]