Topic: health systems

The provocative pragmatist

[ Spring 2014 ] With a mixture of research, persuasion, and social media moxie, Ashish Jha seeks to drive health care improvements Several years ago, Ashish Jha got the call that middle-aged children dread. His mother was on the phone from New Jersey. His…

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…

Leaders share universal health care experiences

A natural disaster or a significant shift in a nation’s political leanings are among the forces that can spur countries to adopt universal health care (UHC), according to a panel of experts convened by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) to discuss…

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…

Bringing single-payer health care to Vermont

Vermont faces big challenges as it plans to institute the nation’s first and only single-payer health care system by 2017. An April 9, 2014 Vox.com article about Vermont’s experience exploring how best to structure the government-run plan—and how to pay for it—included…

Student profile: Imran Mahmud, MPH '14

Q: Why did you choose HSPH? A: I initially applied to HSPH and the Hopkins MPH programs. Funding was not a problem for me as I am supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. I chose to accept the offer of the MPH at…

Hard truths about dying

Sherwin Nuland, author of the 1994 best-selling book How We Die, passed away on March 5, 2014 at age 83. Harvard School of Public Health Professor Atul Gawande, spoke with NPR about reading Nuland’s book as a medical student. While Gawande’s teachers…