Policy

Johns Hopkins Magazine

How one alum is working to improve women-focused microfinance programs

For this Johns Hopkins Magazine article, I spoke with a senior adviser at Oxfam America about microfinance programs with training to help women foster more sophisticated involvement with banks.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

Children’s success in school affected by vision

This alumni piece for Johns Hopkins Magazine looks at a Baltimore study of what happens—to vision, behavior, and academic performance—when children are given free glasses at school.

texasobserver.org

Healing Dallas by Repurposing its Abandoned Jails

This Q&A for the Texas Observer online magazine is with Mark Lamster, architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News, who suggested the city should convert its many abandoned jails into hotels, schools and other facilities for reshaping the city and its urban planning.

around.uoregon.edu

Profile: Hilda Cohen

When a nine-year-old from her neighborhood was killed by a speeding car, Hilda Cohen, who studied urban design at the UO, joined with fellow Brooklyn parents to start Make Brooklyn Safer, an organization that champions street safety by promoting secure places to take kids biking and telling police about problem intersections.

aruplab.com

Better Wellness for the Country Starts at . . . Work?

Nationally, Americans use preventive services at about half the recommended rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But usage rates of preventative care increase when deductibles, co-insurance, or co-payments are removed.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

Kenyan Public Health Nonprofit Seeks Safe Walks Home

In the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, pregnant women on their way to clinics are easy targets for muggings, since they carry cash to pay for their appointments but will give it up without much of a struggle. Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins–affiliated nonprofit that focuses on infant and maternal health, established in 2012 a business training program for Kenya’s young men.

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Catherine B. Arnold is a hired pen writing about science, health, urbanism, and wildly unrelated areas. She’s published articles in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Science Careers, Bicycling, and NBC Health; and does content marketing for NGOs, universities, organizations, and companies.