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The Health Policy Domain tracks and reports on policies that deal with women’s health, the Affordable Care Act, Head Start, child care and child support services, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and federal food and drug policy. This domain tracks policies emanating from the White House, the department of Health and Human Services, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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Who’s in Charge When it Comes to Making COVID 19 Regulations?

Brief #151 – Health and Gender Policy
By Alexandra Ellis

On April 19, 2022, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, overturned the mask mandate for interstate travel. The CDC’s interstate mask mandate for plane, trains, and buses, was first issued in May 2021, and was extended to May 2022. Before the mask mandate was set to expire this May, a U.S. District Court declared it unconstitutional. The Biden administration has been relatively quiet on COVID concerns since March of 2022, when the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) released the community guidance standards.

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Therapeutic Effect of Classical Music After a Pandemic

Brief #150 – Health & Gender Policy
By Yelena Korshunov

Two years of the pandemic drastically affected our life. Although the COVID-19 curve recently increased, we are eager to make steps toward revival. Theaters opened doors for the public in the 2021/22 season, museums welcomed visitors, and indoor performances became more frequent. We want to have our pre-pandemic routine back.

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Brief #149 – Health & Gender
By Anora Morton, J.D.

On December 1, 2021, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the bombshell abortion case originating in Mississippi, was argued in front of the highest court of the land. On May 2, 2022, a legitimate draft of the Supreme Court opinion indicating the Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press. Today we await Wombsday – the day the Court officially repeals all abortion right precedent.

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House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana: Manufacture, Distribution and Possession

Brief #151 – Health and Gender
By Stephen Thomas

By a vote of 220-204, the U.S. House of Representatives Friday, April 1, passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act or the MORE Act aimed at decriminalizing the manufacture, distribution, and possession of marijuana. New York Democrat and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler introduced the legislation, an unsuccessful version of which the House passed in 2020.

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How COVID-19 Has Transformed Public Policy and Health Efforts

Brief #150 – Health and Gender Policy
By Katrenia Busch

The crisis surrounding the 2019 coronavirus pandemic has far from ended. Over the past several months, the virus has continued to spread and infect new countries at an alarming rate. The long-term effects of the outbreak are likely to manifest in a number of ways, from economic setbacks and incarceration rates to paradigmatic shifts in health care administration.

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COVID 19: The Great Unmasking

Brief #149 – Health and Gender
By Alexandra Ellis

Since March 10, 2022, nearly all Americans can go without their masks indoors per new Center Disease Control guidance. Nearly for the entirety of the pandemic, different guidance has been given about masks – which has led to a lot of confusion and misinformation.

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Figure Skating Drama: Adults’ Ambitions Can Kill Kids’ Health

Brief #147 – Health Policy
By Yelena Korshunov

Sport is beautiful, isn’t it? Many of us enjoy watching the Olympic games on TV. Mastery of fascinating figure skating and graceful rhythmic gymnastics enchant us. But what happens behind the curtain? What price do these gracious young teenagers in a big sport pay to meet adults’ ambitions? After Kamila Valieva, Russian teen figure skater, was cleared to participate in the Games despite testing positive for a banned drug, she finished fourth in the women’s individual figure skating competition at the Beijing Olympics.

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