Topic: health disparities

A women and health agenda: It's time

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] by Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health In today’s global health agenda, women’s experiences—from birth to death and in all their diversity—deserve to occupy center stage. Why? Because at the most basic level, we are talking about sheer survival.…

From patient to public health leader

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] Indian Health Services Director Yvette Roubideaux is on a quest to improve American Indian health. As a child in Rapid City, South Dakota, Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH’97, used to fill her bag with books whenever she went to the doctor.…

Join the global fight against tobacco

To reduce health disparities in a single act, the United States should join the global community in ratifying the first international public health treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco addiction, the leading cause of preventable…

Champion social and economic equality

If you want to narrow health inequities, be bold. The most practical action you can take is not narrow incrementalism, but to spark wide-reaching initiatives to reduce U.S. socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender inequalities while also promoting public health. The evidence is in:…

Encourage investments in long-term health

The health of the nation depends on more than ensuring health insurance coverage for all. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, only about 10 percent of premature mortality in America can be traced to inadequate health care coverage.…

Navigating health on the information superhighway

[Fall 2009] Researcher removes roadblocks for people with limited income and literacy With debate over unequal access to health care raging in the U.S., one place where the racial and economic divide in health is greatest is getting scant attention: the Internet.…

Extend a safety net to deserving immigrant families

Reforming both U.S. immigration law and our health care system have been key domestic issues in the 2008 presidential campaign. Yet there is little recognition of the fact that these two problems overlap. Immigrants in this country and their children-about 18% of…

Can cost-effective health care = better health care?

[Winter 2010] Cost-effectiveness research pinpoints best values for limited health care dollars—and the results may surprise you An interview with Harvard School of Public Health’s Milton Weinstein offers some revealing insights into how the U.S. health care system could save money by focusing on…

Winter 2014 Frontlines

[ Winter 2014 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. The end of trans fats? A proposal issued in November 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if finalized, would eliminate trans fat from…

An unhealthy digital divide

January 28, 2014 — K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is interested in finding better ways to communicate health information to lower-income individuals. He answers three questions about a recent study he co-authored that…