This month the Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe, and only one city — Berkeley, Calif. — has successfully passed such a law. Navajo leaders are trying to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can’t afford more expensive food.
A debate is brewing over whether facilities that house unaccompanied migrant girls must provide them with access to emergency contraception or abortion. A major Catholic organization refuses to facilitate that access, including in cases of rape.
Starting April 1, the Navajo Nation will be the first in the country to impose a tax on chips, cookies, soda and all junk food.
More Latinos have healthcare coverage following the second enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new national poll.
During the Cold War, mining companies extracted 4 million tons of uranium from Navajo land to make nuclear weapons. Uranium left a deadly legacy. And the federal government is still cleaning up the contamination.
Increasing health literacy for Latinos was the focus of a recent University of Arizona roundtable. The Pima County Health Department met with academics and community members to discuss how to better inform Latinos about health care.
People who had been living in a homeless camp in downtown Tucson had to move out or face arrest on Friday. The camp is part of an ongoing debate between the city, federal courts and activists over the regulation of where and how homeless people should be able to live in the city.
The federal government announced this week it has awarded more than $2 billion to people exposed to radiation during the atomic tests near Las Vegas in the 1950s. But it still has not recognized the county that was exposed to the highest levels of radioactive fallout.
Almost 70 percent of Navajo children have untreated tooth decay, according to a recent University of Colorado study. That’s three times higher than the national average. The study blames a lack of access, saying there aren’t enough dentists for the largest tribe in the country.
In 2006, an E. coli outbreak in California Spinach rocked the fresh produce industry. Nearly 200 people across the country got sick. Three died. Farmers in Arizona were paying close attention. Arizona, along with California, produces almost all of the nation’s leafy greens and so they both got to work developing a more stringent approach to food safety.