A few days ago I wrote a post about the rise in maternal mortality in America, and in particular the stunning difference between black and white mothers in the rate of maternal death. Using a back-of-the-envelope look at patterns of racial bias vs. racial differences in maternal mortality, I found little reason to think that racism among delivery doctors was the likely cause of this. I got some pushback about this on Twitter, mostly saying that the delivery room was too narrow a focus. At the very least I needed to look at the entirety of prenatal care, and beyond that the differences in black-white lifetime medical care. That was fair enough, so I decided to look into this. Fair warning: this post is longish and chart-tastic and doesn’t come to any firm conclusions. Read on at your own risk. To start, here’s the basic problem we’re dealing with: Not only is the maternal mortality rate going up, but the difference between black and white mothers has been widening. Nor … [Read more...] about How Can We Reduce Black Maternal Mortality?
How education can help reduce poverty
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper The Upshot | Set It and Forget It. How Better Contraception Could Be a Secret to Reducing Poverty Upshot Supported by Delaware’s ambitious bid to offer one-stop shopping for birth control is a social experiment that other states will be watching. ByMargot Sanger-Katz Dec. 18, 2018 When a woman of childbearing age goes to the doctor in most places, she gets standard queries about her smoking, drinking, seatbelt use and allergies. In Delaware, she is now also asked: “Do you want to get pregnant in the next year?” If her answer is no, clinics are being trained to ensure she gets whatever form of birth control she wants that very day, whether a prescription or an implant in her arm. This simple question — so new that electronic medical record systems had to be modified to record the … [Read more...] about Set It and Forget It. How Better Contraception Could Be a Secret to Reducing Poverty
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments Supported by ByWalt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe Dec. 15, 2018 This year’s McKinsey & Company retreat in China was one to remember. Hundreds of the company’s consultants frolicked in the desert, riding camels over sand dunes and mingling in tents linked by red carpets. Meetings took place in a cavernous banquet hall that resembled a sultan’s ornate court, with a sign overhead to capture the mood. “I can’t keep calm, I work at McKinsey & Company,” it said. Especially remarkable was the location: Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road city in China’s far west that is experiencing a major humanitarian crisis. About four miles from where the McKinsey consultants discussed … [Read more...] about How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
Leigh Guidry Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 7:12 PM EST Dec 12, 2018 A classroom fills slowly Tuesday morning. Most of the students sit on the back two rows. One is in the front. There's a woman with graying hair, a young guy with a curly ponytail and blue earbuds, someone in camouflage, another in sweats. One man wears a Mario T-shirt. One woman is more dressed up. They represent a range of demographics and lives — black, white, younger, a bit older, some with families, working and going to school or not. MORE: Deadline nearing for Lafayette Parish magnet applications Today they are on the same page, a worksheet of math problems they're going over with South Louisiana Community College instructor Brandon Rousseau. "Can we do No. 6?" asks a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom from New Iberia. On another she helps a classmate sitting behind her. For the final 20 minutes of class they start "a discussion on circles." Rousseau uses words … [Read more...] about Can education for adults reduce the risk of poverty?
James M. O'Neill NorthJersey Published 3:51 p.m. UTC Jul 25, 2018 Each year, the average family of four in America throws $1,800 in the garbage. Not in cash. In moldy vegetables. In uneaten hamburgers. In leftovers from the local pub. A scourge besets the United States: the rampant waste of food. In this country, we throw out more than 1,250 calories a day per person — or more than 400 pounds of food for each person every year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Food waste is a global problem, but it’s far worse in America. While 32 percent of all food in the world gets wasted, about 40 percent of food grown in the United States goes unused, according to several studies. That’s like buying five bags of groceries, leaving two bags in the parking lot, and driving away, a NRDC report on the issue said. Food waste is first and foremost a moral dilemma, experts say, since this behavior is happening as 42 million … [Read more...] about Americans waste nearly half their food. How can we reduce food waste in New Jersey?