Blog Posts By: Karen Dehais

Uneven opportunity: Safe and available employment during a pandemic

June 12, 2020


Even as businesses and workplaces cautiously re-open, Health Forward is acutely aware that among low-income individuals and people of color, employment opportunities, working conditions, and benefits vary dramatically.  Addressing these disparities is essential, as is advocating for policies that advance economic inclusion and health equity. Unemployment disparities We all know that too many people are […]

If you’re home already, why not complete the census now?

April 1, 2020


Today is a day that comes only once every 10 years: Census Day, when we count everyone living in the United States. It’s quite an extraordinary undertaking. Of course the coronavirus pandemic has most of us thinking about other things. Public health precautions and economic turbulence are necessarily top of mind at this time of […]

Data – An increasingly powerful tool to inform health strategy

August 8, 2019


Early in my career I was tasked with collecting information about the characteristics of people lacking health insurance. As an eager graduate student intern, I worked diligently to gather, analyze, and share data on this vulnerable population. That research included visiting libraries, requesting and waiting days or weeks for journal articles (hard copies only!), and […]

Transportation barriers impact health care access

June 27, 2019


Walking, biking, driving … it can be easy to take for granted how we get around. I was reminded of that a few weeks ago, when a broken right foot led to doctor’s orders for me to limit walking and to stop driving for six weeks. Fortunately I’ve received help getting where I need to […]

Why is everyone talking about Census 2020 now?

April 1, 2019


What comes to mind when you hear about the Census? Filling out forms? Census workers knocking on doors? Long statistical reports? While those descriptors might be true, they don’t tell the whole story. The Census is a powerful tool that directly influences how political and economic resources are distributed. It affects all of us — […]

New associate sees culture of learning at Health Forward

May 31, 2018


When Health Forward listed an opening for a new evaluation & learning officer, I was intrigued by the emphasis on “learning.” It’s easy to agree about the value of learning from what we do, but it can be challenging to find time away from day-to-day demands to reflect on what our work teaches us. Often […]


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