Public Health Law Blog Archive

Sep 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Barriers to Addressing Diaper Need at the Federal Level

posted on Mon, Sep 26 2016 11:09 am by Jill Krueger

The inability to afford enough diapers for their children is a powerful source of stress for low income mothers, and is associated with the need for mental health treatment. Diaper need is thus a modifiable mental health risk factor for mothers, but most federal safety net programs do not address diaper need.

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Death Records: Public Access and the Public’s Health

posted on Mon, Sep 26 2016 9:31 am by Colleen Healy

Collection of vital statistics has long been a key public health function, and cause of death information contained in death records is fundamental to public health practice. For instance, rates of infant and maternal mortality—obtainable from death records—reveal important details about access to care and racial or other disparities in health. But the collection of information may be hindered by state laws that restrict access to death records.

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