Public health

A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from its namesake river faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem.
No news is bad news for public health
No news is bad news for public health
Losing local news sources and public health reporters hampers disease detection and outbreak response.
Native Americans are under-reported in opioid overdose data
Native Americans are under-reported in opioid overdose data
Misclassification of race on death certificates underestimated opioid and heroin overdose deaths among Native Americans by 40 percent in Washington state.
West Obsessed: Nature on the brain
West Obsessed: Nature on the brain
Journalist and author Florence Williams discusses her new book, The Nature Fix.
West Obsessed: How pain pills spread in one Colorado town
West Obsessed: How pain pills spread in one Colorado town
The staff of High Country News discuss the cycle of addiction in the rural West.
When private pain becomes a community problem
When private pain becomes a community problem
How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis.
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
As Republicans push Obamacare repeal, Montana stands to lose the most.
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Coal companies look to Asia, but face port challenges.
Election roundup: What happened in the West
Election roundup: What happened in the West
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural health care system
West Obsessed: How to fix a broken rural health care system
The staff of High Country News discuss the solutions small towns are trying to patch up their healthcare.
The myth of telemedicine?
The myth of telemedicine?
While technology can fill in some gaps for rural health, it can’t do it all.
 Northern New Mexico’s fight against food insecurity
Northern New Mexico’s fight against food insecurity
In the region’s most impoverished rural areas, food pantries fill gaps of grocery stores.
How to feed the masses in small-town America
How to feed the masses in small-town America
New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores.
Food, food, everywhere, and not a bite to eat
Food, food, everywhere, and not a bite to eat
Reforming America’s broken food and agriculture systems is possible, but it won’t happen overnight.
Rural hospitals pool their resources to survive
Rural hospitals pool their resources to survive
A group of ten New Mexico hospitals is making a go of it in tough times.
What hospital closures mean for rural California
What hospital closures mean for rural California
The very economic decline that contributed to their closure is likely to be worsened by their disappearance.
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
In Colorado, a new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises. But does it work?
The West’s widening health care gaps
The West’s widening health care gaps
Changing demographics, including an aging rural population, put more pressure on health care systems.
Telemedicine shrinks the West’s vast health desert
Telemedicine shrinks the West’s vast health desert
In New Mexico, an experiment in treating stroke victims at a distance.
A different type of addiction
A different type of addiction
In Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, alcohol claims more lives than other drugs, but now an alternative treatment program could help.
Inside a small-town addict’s struggle to get clean
Inside a small-town addict’s struggle to get clean
Could an innovative new program help turn the tide on opioid addiction in rural New Mexico?
What New Mexico can learn from New Jersey’s approach to health data
What New Mexico can learn from New Jersey’s approach to health data
Healthcare providers are trying to get on the same page across diffuse networks of providers.
How to find its high-risk drug users before it’s too late
How to find its high-risk drug users before it’s too late
Rio Arriba’s health care providers are pulling together to treat patients and prevent overdoses.
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