Topic: health systems

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…

Fighters for equity

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Tackling two-tier health care With the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965, the United States began its first large-scale experiment with a formal national health system. Almost overnight, it began subsidizing medical care for the…

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…

Dr. Ruiz goes to Washington

[ Spring 2013 ] From California’s impoverished Coachella Valley to HSPH to Capitol Hill When Raul Ruiz was growing up in California’s Coachella Valley, his parents—both migrant farm workers—couldn’t afford health insurance, so they relied on home remedies and nutritious meals to stay healthy.…

Working the (health) system

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] A standard medical test that could have been done for a tenth of the cost. A doctor’s momentary lapse in attention that led to grievous injury—or even death. An upside-down health care bureaucracy that makes poor patients pay…

The art of getting things done

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] On January 19, 2011, HSPH professor William Hsiao walked onto the podium in the well of the Vermont State House. Before him sat both chambers of the state legislature. Above him stood hundreds of onlookers in the observation…

Health insurance and Uncle Sam

[ Fall 2008 ] A proposal to make health care more affordable Though we Americans bicker about how best to fix our health care system, on this, most agree: The system is fundamentally unfair and fails to deliver good value for our money. A…

Reports heard 'round the world

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The man whose muckraking 1910 report spurred a wholesale reform of U.S. medical education had never been a student in the system he critiqued. A veteran schoolteacher and principal from Kentucky, Abraham Flexner had a passionate interest in…

Global impact through education

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] From its earliest days, HSPH has enjoyed a reputation as a global center for public education and research, in part a reflection of the strong support the School received from the Rockefeller Foundation to promote international research and…

Health care for (almost) everyone

[ Winter 2008 ] Massachusetts' Bold Experiment  Heart disease. Cancer. Uninsurance. If not having health insurance were a disease, it would rank as the third-leading cause of death in Americans ages 50 to 64, according to one 2004 Health Affairs study. Many…