Topic: health policy

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…

Health discrimination

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Public Health, on whether insurers and employers can discriminate against people on the basis of personal health behaviors. (September 2008, 11:57) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you…

Stealth tobacco

[ Spring 2009 ] Products Designed to Evade Control Can't smoke on an airplane, but still crave tobacco? Tobacco companies have come up with a solution for you: a pill that is packaged like a Tic Tac. With cigarette sales declining and the threat…

Prevailing winds

[ Fall 2012 ] A decades-long fight to bring clean air standards in line with environmental health science offers lessons for today. On a raw January day in Washington, DC, Douglas Dockery climbed Capitol Hill on his way to testify to Congress…

Working the system

[ Fall 2012 ] As director of the second-largest health department in Washington State, Anthony Chen, MPH ’06, tackles all the issues—from infections to inequities—that shape people’s health. The elderly Taiwanese man had been Anthony Chen’s patient for years. When the patient…

Hitting the lottery

[ Winter 2012 ] Oregon's experiment with Medicaid gives an HSPH economist a rare chance to analyze effects of extended coverage. Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics In March 2008, a colleague burst into the office of HSPH…

A launchpad for leaders

[ Fall 2011 ] When Roy Wade was a medical resident at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, one patient in the pediatric clinic he was working in really stuck with him: a 16-year-old girl with a deeply troubled history of depression and…

Community health champion

[ Spring 2008 ] Florida's First Surgeon General Takes her Message on the Road In 2007, more than a fifth of Florida's approximately 18 million residents lacked health insurance, and 23 percent were obese, according to America's Health Rankings, an annual state-by-state report from…