Topic: health systems

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…