Topic: health systems

Training China's public health leaders

AGENTS OF CHANGE Participants in the China Senior Health Executive Training Program (including Ge LiJun, deputy director general of the Ministry of Health's Department of International Cooperation, above left) were eager to share their views on the United States health care system through…

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…

Dean's message: Research to knowledge to action

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] When I became Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, in January 2009, one of my key priorities was to translate knowledge into effective policies and actions that improve the health of populations. To make this goal a reality,…

Dean's message: A broader view of global security

[ Fall 2011 ] The year 2001 saw not only the horrors of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, but also the establishment of the UN Commission on Human Security. In its report to the General Assembly, the commission wrote that human security…

The cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies

[ Spring 2009 ] The human cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies AIDS activists and researchers argued for years that the negligent HIV/AIDS policies of former South African President Thabo Mbeki were causing a massive, unconscionable loss of human life. Now, thanks to the doctoral…

Health care for (almost) everyone: Key elements of the law

Key Elements of the Law “An act to provide access to affordable, quality, accountable health care.” Individual mandate For the first time in the United States, the law requires that anyone over 18 have “minimum creditable coverage” by end of 2007 and:…

China's leaders, HSPH experts unite in health reform effort

[ Spring 2009 ] At the height of China's SARS outbreak in the spring of 2003, with Beijing reporting hundreds of new cases a day, Yuanli Liu woke up at 3 a.m. in Boston to a ringing telephone. On the line was a senior Chinese government…

Strengthening health systems to address New Challenge Diseases (NCDs)

[ Fall 2011 ] Reframing a Public Health Acronym In September 2011, the United Nations General Assembly is holding a High-Level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). In the following essay, Felicia Marie Knaul, director of the Harvard Global…

Cancer a daunting challenge for poor countries

More than half of new cancer cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, as do nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths. Experts at a global oncology symposium held February 8, 2014 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discussed the substantial barriers to care faced by…