Category Archives: Public Health

Public Health Approach To Gun Violence

On page A5 of Tuesday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette was the headline “75 shot in Chicago last weekend.” From 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday 12 people were killed and 63 wounded, mostly on the south and west sides of … Continue reading

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An Unadvertised Bomb Inside Repealing The ACA

Look out Kids, Mom and Dad may break you Filial responsibility. Ever hear of it? This is an old concept in law that goes back to the English poor laws in the 1600s. Stated simply, it means that children are … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

I support the Governor’s goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by focusing on improving health outcomes and rewarding healthy behaviors. That is why the Senate has incorporated those ideas into SF 296, which would expand Medicaid … Continue reading

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Iowa Democrats, Clean Air and Socializing

At the Kirsten Running-Marquardt fundraiser last night, I sat in a row of chairs with a group of long-time Democratic party activists. Most local Democrats know them by name, Jean and Jix Lloyd-Jones, Dick and Doris Myers and Bill and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Election Campaign, ALEC, Energy, Environment, Progressive Community, Public Health, Sustainability

No Iowa Dairy for President Clinton

President Bill Clinton was on the Daily Show recently promoting his new book, Back to Work. He looks frail, but engaged in life. I got into an argument with a Hillary Clinton supporter during the run up to the 2008 … Continue reading

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Iowa Get Ready for Fewer Restaurant Inspections

Iowa Get Ready for Fewer Restaurant Inspections by Paul DeatonFour months into the Branstad administration, the character of our government is beginning to reveal itself. Blog for Iowa covered Iowa Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mariannette Miller Meeks previously … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, GOP, Main Page, Progressive Community, Public Health

Public Health and the 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl

Public Health and the 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Physicians for Social Responsibility Cite Flawed Evacuation Zones & Nuclear Power Health Risks on Chernobyl Anniversary Washington, DC –  April 26, 2011 – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today cited gross inadequacies … Continue reading

Posted in Calls to Action, Energy, Environment, Iowa Legislature, Main Page, Public Health

Beyond Coal in Iowa

Beyond Coal in Iowa by Paul Deaton[Editor's Note: This article was first published on Big Grove Garden on January 9, 2011].In 1910, 18,000 Iowans were coal miners, comprising 28% of the state's non-rural population. According to Dorothy Schwieder's Black Diamonds: … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Environment, Main Page, Public Health

Dr. Miller-Meeks and the Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowans had an opportunity to look under the hood of the new Branstad Reynolds administration on April 11 when Iowa Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks appeared at an event organized by the Johnson County Task Force on … Continue reading

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Living in Iowa

Living in Iowa by Paul Deaton[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared February 9, 2011 on Big Grove Garden.]If we examine an economic atlas of Iowa from the 1960s, it is no surprise that Iowa has high densities of production of … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate Greed, Environment, Farming, Great Tools: IOWA, Local Control, Main Page, Organic Foods & Farming, Progressive Community, Public Health, Sustainability