On behalf of the FAU School of Social Work, we express our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 members of the LGBT community in Orlando who were brutally murdered at the “Pulse” club in Orlando. We also extend our thoughts and good wishes to the many survivors of this horrible act of violence. We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in this month of Gay Pride, dedicated to pursuing safety and compassion for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. We also remind students and other members of the FAU community that counseling and support services are available through the FAU Counseling and Psychological Services at 561-297-3540. For services from a 24 hour crisis hotline, please call 561-297-3540. Equality Florida has established a fund to support the victims of the shooting – Please see https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund for further details.
Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne’s (Associate Professor of Social Welfare Policy) recent research on the importance of paid sick leave benefits was published in the April issue of Health Affairs and has received wide press coverage and is being cited around the country by policy makers, lobbyists, and advocates pushing cities and states to mandate sick leave coverage. This is a wonderful example of research having an impact on real world policy changes.
Key findings from the study, which are representative of the nation, showed that regardless of income, age, race, occupation, full-time or part-time work status, health status or health insurance coverage, workers without paid sick leave were three times more likely to delay medical care than were workers with paid sick leave. They also were three times more likely to forgo needed medical care altogether. Furthermore, families of workers without paid sick leave were two times more likely to delay medical care and 1.6 times more likely to forgo needed medical care. The lowest-income group of workers without paid sick leave were at the highest risk of delaying and forgoing medical care for themselves and their family members — making the most financially vulnerable workers the least likely to be able to address health care concerns in a timely manner.
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