Topic: health policy

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:…

Alumni award winners: What we know now

[ Winter 2011] We asked this year’s winners James Dalen, Fernando Guerra, Lynn Rosenberg, and David Schottenfeld: What do you know now about improving the public’s health that you didn’t when you started out in your career? James Dalen, SM '72 “The people are ahead of their doctors.”…

What's so hard about health care reform?

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] "Change is usually slow. It moves in fits and starts and veers left and right. That’s how behavioral systems move. It’s true in every facet of our government: economic policy, foreign policy, transportation policy, education policy. And proposals…

Who are the uninsured? (They could be you)

Who are the Uninsured? (They Could be You) People who lack health insurance come from all social and economic groups. Of the approximately 500,000 uninsured “nonelderly” in Massachusetts (those who, being under age 65, are not yet eligible for Medicare coverage): The…

The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health

[ Winter 2011] School sets stage for global conversation with state-of-the-art webcasts. In November 2010, the School presented a preview of The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, featuring high-definition, broadcast-quality webcasts on key public health issues. From a new state-of-the-art studio, each…

Questioning our enchantment with high technology

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] After spending more than 25 years as a doctor—eventually becoming physician in-chief at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital— Howard Hiatt knew firsthand the limitations of U.S. health care: a penchant for expensive, high-tech treatments, lack of rigorous evaluation of…

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…

HPV screening: Saving lives in resource-poor nations

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Each year, approximately half a million women develop cervical cancer, a malignancy linked to high-risk strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). In wealthy nations, cervical cancer deaths have plummeted over the six decades that the Pap…

Researchers Tap into a New Source of Government Dollars

[Fall 2009] Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health and around the country are hoping that a busy spring will pay off in an ample fall harvest of new research funding. The bounty could come courtesy of the American Recovery and…