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What Does Racism As A Public Health Crisis Mean?

Jun 25, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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This episode originally aired on June 19, 2020.

Columbus City Council and Franklin County Board of Commissioners have both declared racism a public health crisis in the last month.

Even after that and after weeks of protests across the country, uncertainty remains about what that means.

What Does Racism As A Public Health Crisis Mean?

Jun 19, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council and Franklin County Board of Commissioners have both declared racism a public health crisis in the last month.

Even after that and after weeks of protests across the country, uncertainty remains about what that means.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council last week passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Cuyahoga County and Summit County leaders have considered similar declarations, as demonstrations flare up across the country to protest the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police.

Protesters march down High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Public health experts worried that COVID-19 would continue to spread even as states reopen. Those concerns have been compounded recently, as large crowds gather to protest police brutality and the killings of black Americans. 

Racism As A Public Health Crisis: What Does That Mean?

Jun 2, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The protests and coronavirus pandemic have only highlighted the health disparity and systemic racism.

Franklin County Health Officials and Columbus City Council have declared racism a public health crisis. But what does the crisis designation mean, will it change how we act and will it improve the health for people of color.

Wellness Wednesday: HIV And STD Prevention

Oct 16, 2019
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first over-the-counter access to HIV-prevention drugs. 

The law permits pharmacists to dispense post-exposure drugs for emergencies, and pre-exposure drugs that can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the disease. 

And the California law comes amid a new report that the number of sexually transmitted diseases increased to a record high last year. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: HIV and STD prevention, and more. 

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Ohio Water Quality

Oct 10, 2019
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Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered the state Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health to investigate the safety of Ohio drinking water. The announcement came four months after a study found so-called ‘forever chemicals’ in Ohio drinking water.

DeWine made water a key issue in his campaign for office. And during his State of the State address in March, he promised to address the state’s water infrastructure, pollution and algae issues.

Porn As A Public Health Crisis

Aug 9, 2019
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Nineteen Ohio lawmakers want to classify pornography as a public health crisis. They say that the use of porn is tied with sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

This move adds Ohio to the growing list of GOP-controlled states that are pursuing legislation against adult media.

Today on all sides, the meaning of a public health crisis, the health affects of porn, and more. 

Porn As A Public Health Crisis

Jul 19, 2019
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Nineteen Ohio lawmakers say that the use of porn is tied with sex trafficking and sexual abuse. They want to classify pornography as a public health crisis. Ohio addes to the growing list of GOP-controlled states that are pursing legislation against adult media. Today on all sides, the meaning of a public health crisis, the health affects of porn, and more.

Porn As A Public Health Crisis

Jul 10, 2019
Soumil Kumar / Pexels

Nineteen Ohio lawmakers want to classify pornography as a public health crisis. They say that the use of porn is tied with sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

This move adds Ohio to the growing list of GOP-controlled states that are pursuing legislation against adult media.

Today on all sides, the meaning of a public health crisis, the health affects of porn, and more. 

Losing a loved one to gun violence can cause anxiety, stress and other mental health symptoms. So can simply living in an environment where violence is common.

But experts say early intervention and support can help prevent some of those negative, long-term consequences.


Measles is surging. Last week the U.S. recorded 90 cases, making this year's outbreak the second largest in more than two decades.

So far this year, the U.S. has confirmed 555 measles cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. That's 50 percent higher than the total number recorded last year, even though we're only about a quarter of the way through 2019.

And the virus isn't slowing down.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Gov. Mike DeWine’s used his first State of the State address to emphasize the importance on building towards a better future, he says Ohio can do this by investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health and workforce development.

Wellness Wednesday: Hepatitis A Outbreak In Columbus

Feb 20, 2019
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City health officials are dealing with the worst hepatitis A outbreak in the past two decades. 

The city plans to keep immunization clinics open to continue treatment for the highly contagious liver infection, which is a particular risk for people with compromised immune systems and older people. Today on All Sides, hepatitis A outbreak, racial disparities in health care, and more.  

Experts told Kentucky lawmakers that gun violence needs to be addressed as a public health crisis, advising that they consider legislation that would require gun owners to lock up their firearms.

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