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Know Your Status this World AIDS Day

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Know Your Status this World AIDS Day

“You get a positive result, and that’s a lifelong change in your life. And society is still set up to think that HIV is a death sentence, like it was before the advancement of medication.” That’s Mikayla Robinson. She works as an engagement specialist with Mozaic, an outreach program through Equitas Health targeting transgender and […]

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Buy Groceries or Pay the Bills: The Choice Behind Food Insecurity

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Buy Groceries or Pay the Bills: The Choice Behind Food Insecurity

On May 17, the Columbus Foundation held a day of community conversation, dubbed The Big Table. Around the city, hundreds hosted and participated in these conversations, some open-ended, and some targeting specific issues and ideas relevant to community connectivity and growth. At Columbus Underground, we hosted three of our own Big Table discussions, bringing together […]

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Local Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Continues to Spread

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Continues to Spread

The Columbus Public Health department issued an announcement yesterday to warn residents of Central Ohio that “crypto” — short for cryptosporidiosis — has continued to spread with 202 cases reported across Franklin and Delware counties. The parasitic illness has been linked to multiple local recreational water facilities, so residents are being asked to take proper precautions to prevent […]

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Columbus Health Officials Are Keeping an Eye on Zika

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Health Officials Are Keeping an Eye on Zika

Last week, Columbus Public Health issued an advisory to thousands of doctors in Central Ohio about the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen that the World Health Organization says is “spreading explosively” in the Americas. Doctors were advised to talk with patients who plan on visiting Zika-affected areas on how to avoid mosquito bites, recommending to […]

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PSA: Heat Advisory In Effect Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans PSA: Heat Advisory In Effect Today

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory notice for Central Ohio that runs from Noon to 8pm today (Saturday, July 18th). The heat index is expected to climb between 100 and 102. If you’re planning to spend any length of time outdoors today (like at the Jazz & Ribs Fest for example) make sure […]

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Fit Week, a New Initiative to Promote Physical Activity For Everyone, Begins Saturday

Anne Evans Anne Evans Fit Week, a New Initiative to Promote Physical Activity For Everyone, Begins Saturday

Columbus Public Health has a new initiative to get you moving this winter. Fit Week is a series of classes at area gyms and fitness studios designed to give people a taste of a new workout method while supporting the program Kids Cycle Columbus. Classes begin Saturday, January 10, 2015 and go through Friday, January […]

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Flu Already Hitting Columbus Hard This Winter

Walker Evans Walker Evans Flu Already Hitting Columbus Hard This Winter

Have you been sick recently or know someone who has? You’re probably not alone. The Columbus Department of Public Health issued a statement today reporting that flu-like illnesses have resulted in five times the number of hospitalizations as last year. Officials are asking residents to get a flu shot if they haven’t already. “While we […]

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