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Major depressive episodes far more common than previously believed

Major depressive episodes far more common than previously believed Date:  July 30, 2020 Source:  Yale School of Public Health Summary:  The number of adults in the United States who suffer from major depressive episodes at some point in their life is far higher than previously believed, a new study finds. :         The number of adults in the United States who suffer from major depressive episodes at some point in their life is far higher than previously believed, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds. National survey data currently shows that approximately 17% of women and 10% of men report having a history of major depressive episodes (MDEs) in their lifetimes. But these data are subject to "recall error," or the tendency of people to forget or misreport their health histories when taking a survey. Researchers led by Jamie Tam, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, created a simulation model to generate corrected estim

Safe Streets 2019 Year End Report

Safe Streets 2019 Year End Report By Victoria Chong The Results Are In! Over the course of 2019, the SFMTA implemented a record number of pedestrian, bicycle and traffic calming projects. But our goal is not only to deliver projects, but to make our streets safer and more comfortable for all San Franciscans. SFMTA’s Safe Streets Evaluation Program is sharing  our annual Safe Streets Evaluation Report which takes stock of last year’s progress as well as lessons learned. Pedestrians and bicyclist using the bike lane and pedestrian walkway along Townsend Street on June 13, 2019 Under the direction of Mayor London Breed, the SFMTA initiated the Vision Zero Quick-Build Program. This program represented reduced barriers for SFMTA to install pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on the city’s High Injury Network . Quick-build projects offer opportunities to take community feedback in real time and make design changes as needed. These projects can be put in the ground in as litt

Advocacy works! Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Advocacy works! Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act By Jonathan Cheng This week marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 1990, the ADA made clear that public transit must be fully accessible to persons with disabilities.  The SFMTA continues its commitment to developing a more comprehensive accessible transportation network including improving accessible bus, rail and paratransit services. As we reflect on thirty years of the ADA creating a more accessible transportation system, we also recognize there are many opportunities that lie ahead. The ADA clearly mandated that both transit service accessibility and paratransit were an obligation of all transit agencies in the nation and moved the needle forward in terms of accountability. However, Muni’s commitment to providing access for seniors and persons with disabilities accessibility predates the ADA. Muni started to purchase buses with wheelchair l