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posted 10/30/2013

Mental health care is playing a starring role in a movement to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. After major budget cuts, members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus are demanding to reopen shuttered clinics by adding $2.2 million to the budget the Council will vote on November 13 .

posted 09/17/2013

Mental health providers in Illinois acknowledge that the state is in a dire budget situation. They say they have become more resourceful, finding ways to continue serving their patients and hope that the Affordable Care Act will help their situation.

posted 04/23/2013

Jose Arreola’s parents told him at age five that he couldn’t speak Spanish in public, and couldn’t tell anyone where the family was from, or his mom and dad could be taken away....

posted 08/17/2012

What's going to happen to the health workforce as health reform rolls out, particularly in rural areas?

posted 11/08/2011

I figured the air around Chicago rail yards would be dirty...but finding out was not as easy as it seemed.

posted 09/08/2011

We often hear that climate change will have a devastating impact on the world's poor in the future, and that may well be true. But a fraction of the resources spent fighting future climate change could go a long way in global public health efforts right now.

posted 02/20/2011

Carbon dioxide gets most of the public attention as the main driver of climate change, a serious and increasing threat to public health worldwide.
But “black carbon” or “soot” emitted from diesel engines, cook stoves, brick kilns, agricultural burning and other sources in the developing and developed world poses a serious health risk for people especially in south and east Asia.

posted 07/17/2010

A lack of jobs, after school activities and other opportunities and resources are often blamed for the epidemic of gang activity and youth violence plaguing our country. Listening to numerous experts describe academic and first-hand experience with gangs and urban violence – including the permanent neurological and chemical impacts of this violence – during the National Health Journalism Fellowship last week, I wondered if jobs and activities for youth could really do much to quell this enormous problem with so many inter-related roots.

posted 07/17/2010

The Clean Trucks program and other innovations at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach have significantly reduced the diesel emissions around the ports, meaning important public health ramifications for the surrounding communities who are at higher risk of respiratory disease, cardiac disease and  cancer because of the particulate matter and smog caused by diesel emissions.

Kari Lydersen's Blog

Mental health care is playing a starring role in a movement to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.... more »
posted 10/30/13
Mental health providers in Illinois acknowledge that the state is in a dire budget situation.... more »
posted 09/17/13
Jose Arreola’s parents told him at age five that he couldn’t speak Spanish in public, and couldn... more »
posted 04/23/13

Kari Lydersen's Work

Maria Martinez and her husband and three sons live in a colorful stucco home in a subsidized housing development near San Diego Bay. But as soon as she steps outside, Martinez and her neighbors are confronted with an onslaught of environmental health hazards.

Journalist Kari Lydersen examines the environmental health impacts of a large oil refinery's expansion to process tar sands oil.

BP owns the century-old Standard Oil refinery, the largest in the United States. Residents of the Whiting, Ind., area are especially concerned about their health now that the refinery is undergoing a large expansion to process more Canadian tar sands oil by 2013.