Pop Fam in the News

The First Legal Abortion Providers Tell Their Stories

October 13, 2015

This article features seven doctors who practiced medicine that included the provision of abortion services in the years preceding or just following the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in most cases throughout the U.S. The doctors featured include Professor Emeritus Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, who recounts: “Roe happened while I was in college. As a very young woman myself, it seemed that if women couldn’t have control over whether or not they were going to be pregnant or have children, they couldn’t proceed with much else.” 

On saving lives with access to emergency care, anesthesia and safe surgery

October 6, 2015

In this first-person article, author Alicia Bonner Ness writes about the lack of access to safe surgical intervention in countries around the world and global attempts to solve such problems. She shares the efforts of Rachel Moresky, MD, MPH, who has been working with government partners to increase access to acute emergency care through the Systems Improvement at District Hospitals and Regional Training of Emergency Care (sidHARTe) program, which Dr. Moresky founded and directs. Dr. Moresky’s program was featured at the GE Developing Health Summit, which assembled the foundation’s global partners. 

Study links pesticide exposure to tremor

September 29, 2015

This article spotlights a new Yale study which has found a link between prenatal exposure to a common agricultural pesticide, chlorpyrifos (CPF), and the development of a tremor in childhood. “We’re talking about the possibility that fetuses exposed to pesticides through their mother, while they’re in utero, could have tremor eight or ten years later,” explains Yale senior author and School of Medicine neurology professor Elan Louis. Dr. Louis notes in the article that he was inspired to examine the neurological effects of pesticides on motor abilities after his colleague, PopFam Professor Virginia Rauh, ScD, Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Columbia University, told him about a cohort study she was conducting to monitor the effects of CPF.

Young Men’s Reproductive Health

August 17, 2015

Pediatrics and PopFam Associate Professor David Bell, MD, MPH, participated in this one-minute public health radio program created and hosted by Dr. William Latimer, professor and founding dean at The Lehman College of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at The City University of New York. Dr. Bell, who serves as medical director for the Young Men’s Clinic in New York City, spoke about his efforts to remove barriers to reproductive health for young men, one of the most underserved populations. The segment aired on 11 public radio stations.

Congress should help pregnant workers stay healthy and on the job                                                                   

August 3, 2015

In this Op-Ed, PopFam Professor Emeritus Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, calls upon the U.S. Congress to pass the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The legislation would follow the efforts of New York State, which recently became the first state in the nation to pass legislation proactively requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees who need them with an exception only for “undue hardship.” Dr. Chavin writes, “Three quarters of women entering the workforce today will be pregnant and employed at some point during their careers. Some of these women—especially those in physically strenuous jobs—will face a conflict between their work and the demands of pregnancy…Many of the women who most need these common-sense accommodations earn low wages and are those who can least afford to lose a paycheck.”

Bringing emergency care to rural populations —Interview with Dr. Rachel Moresky

July 15, 2015

In countries throughout the world, access to emergency care is thwarted by a lack of hospitals or trained providers. This article quotes Rachel Moresky, MD, MPH, explaining how she is working to ensure that critically ill patients can access the care they need. “By decentralizing emergency care [and training and equipping local healthcare workers], we can bring that closer to the communities so that they can access that emergency care,” she says. Dr. Moresky made her remarks in a video presentation shown at the GE Developing Health Summit, a forum for the foundation’s global health partners. 

This is how we are spending billions on the sexual mis-education of America’s youth

July 1, 2015

Sharing the story of parents who researched the questionable claims made by “Choosing the Best,” an abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum taught in their son’s Springfield, Missouri middle school, this article examines the history of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the U.S., including a recent increase in federal funding for such programming. The author quotes Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH, who also serves as vice president of education for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explaining that the recent funding increase is “a very basic story about politics.” After Republicans won control of Congress, she says, “there was no doubt that there was at least going to be an attempt and likely a successful attempt to move funding back up for abstinence programs. There’s not a lot of mystery about why that happened.”

Underage drinking is down: Are teens partying less?  

June 16, 2015

A new report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration explores positive trends in young people’s risk-taking behaviors, from a significant decline in underage drinking among young people ages 12 to 20 to declines in rates of sexual activity, cigarette use, and physical fighting. The article quotes PopFam Chair, John Santelli, MD, MPH, speaking to the New York Times about the difference between typical media coverage of teen behavior and their actual behavior. “There is a lot more media hype around the kids who are raising hell,” he says, adding, “There are a lot of kids who are pretty responsible.” 

16 Oh-So Good Reasons to Have Sex

May 28, 2015

This article presents 16 health benefits associated with having sex and quotes PopFam’s Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, an adolescent medicine physician and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, on several of them. As Dr. Catallozzi explains, sexual activity can burn calories, relieve stress, and release prolactin, a hormone that can help promote deep sleep, among other benefits.

Tackling the Hidden Crisis in Men’s Health Care

April 8, 2015

In this article, PopFam’s David Bell, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, explains how reproductive health services can be used to connect adolescent and young adult men with wide-ranging, health-promoting medical care. “Along with solidifying their connection with the health care system, reproductive health services support young men in making better and healthier decisions throughout their lives.” This approach, Dr. Bell notes, has worked effectively for the Young Men’s Clinic in New York City, where he has served as medical director for 16 years.