How racism threatens the response to the coronavirus pandemic

A complex public undertaking like the coronavirus response depends a lot on public trust. But a legacy of systemic racism across multiple institutions has eroded that trust in many minority communities. The big picture: Health care has its own sordid history, from the Tuskegee Study to hospitals’ patient-dumping practices to substandard care for black mothers and babies. Consequently, minorities — especially black…

Just Press Pause!

Relax! It’s possible to slow down, recharge, and ultimately end up way ahead. The MH guide to taking a mental-health day. BY PETER ANDREY SMITHPHOTOGRAPHS BY FREDRIK BRODEN JOE VAN WYK, A 55-YEAR-OLD portrait photographer from Austin, makes a living capturing people’s best moments, even when his life feels totally out of focus. The business…

Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

This is another reason that the City Budget and revitalizing Departments that were in the City Administration years ago should not go unrealized. African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data,…