Topic: health policy

2008 Alumni Award of Merit winners

[ Fall 2008 ] Standouts in public health tend to view big problems as boulders that must be rolled uphill, however steep those hills might be. This year’s recipients of the Alumni Award of Merit have each approached serious health threats to huge numbers…

Improving health for people with disabilities

May 9, 2014 —The phone call from Ghana clinched Asare Christian’s career path. His grandmother was exhibiting sudden, puzzling symptoms including loss of balance, coordination, and bladder function. To Christian, who was learning about brain injury in his clinical rotation in rehabilitation…

Significant decline in deaths after Massachusetts’ health reform

Findings offer insights into population-level health effects that could occur under Affordable Care Act For immediate release: Monday, May 5, 2014 Boston, MA — In the first four years after Massachusetts instituted comprehensive health reform in 2006, mortality in the state decreased…

Impact of ACA on health plan cancellations

Despite the public outcry when as many as 4.7 million people were estimated to have received cancellation notices about their private, non-employment-based health insurance plans last fall when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was launched, this market was already characterized by a…

Guns and suicide: A fatal link

[ Spring 2008 ] In the United States, suicides outnumber homicides almost two to one. Perhaps the real tragedy behind suicide deaths—about 30,000 a year, one for every 45 attempts—is that so many could be prevented. Research shows that whether attempters live or die…

HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act

January 9, 2014 -- Throughout the legal and political wranglings over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the landmark health care reform law passed in 2010—Harvard School of Public Health researchers have been contributing to the national conversation on the law and its implementation.…

ACA this week - Do enrollment targets matter?

March, 2014 – Although the number of people signing up for health care through the federal and state marketplaces is currently behind the administration’s target, Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health, says a more…

SNAP reform could make program healthier

According to recent Harvard School of Public Health research, people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits actually see their health get worse. HSPH nutrition expert Walter Willett appeared on the WGBH television show “Greater Boston” to talk about this problem…