Health News Roundup

How police shootings have harmed mental health in Black communities and more in this week’s roundup.

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Police killings have harmed mental health in Black communities, study finds 
John Eligon, The New York Times, June 21
Using mental health survey data and a database of police shootings, a team of health researchers concluded that when police officers in the United States kill unarmed black people, it damages the mental health of black Americans living in those states.

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RX: zucchini, brown rice, turkey soup- Medicaid plan offers food as medicine 
Nina Feldman and Phil Galewitz, WHYY and Kaiser Health News, June 22
Since 2015, Health Partners has joined a small group of insurers around the country to offer some members specially designed meals to improve their health. The company paid the full cost for 560,000 meals to be delivered to more than 2,100 of its members with various conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.


A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. His parents received an $18,000 bill 
Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News and Sarah Kliff, Vox, June 28
A trauma fee is the price a trauma center charges when it activates and assembles a team of medical professionals that can meet a patient with potentially serious injuries in the ER. It is billed on top of the hospital’s emergency room physician charge and procedures, equipment, and facility fees.


Connecticut launches campaign to end new HIV infections
Clarice Silber, The Connecticut Mirror, June 27
The new Connecticut Department of Public Health campaign, dubbed ‘Getting to Zero,’ will attempt to dissipate new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths, and stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.