Topic: North America

Can neighborhoods hurt our health?

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] A single mother living in public housing may want to feed her children healthy food, but if the nearest affordable grocery store is a crowded bus ride or expensive taxi trip away, that goal may feel unattainable. At…

From patient to public health leader

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] Indian Health Services Director Yvette Roubideaux is on a quest to improve American Indian health. As a child in Rapid City, South Dakota, Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH’97, used to fill her bag with books whenever she went to the doctor.…

Perspectives on an unprecedented law

Perspectives on an Unprecedented Law: Five HSPH experts comment "We are all very concerned in Massachusetts that an adequate safety net of care remain in the system for those who fall through the cracks." -HSPH Senior Lecturer Nancy Turnbull A Net With Holes …

Why IS health care reform so elusive?

[ Fall 2011 ] Interview with John McDonough John McDonough, HSPH professor of the practice of public health, was a senior adviser on the U.S. Senate committee responsible for developing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform…

Join the global fight against tobacco

To reduce health disparities in a single act, the United States should join the global community in ratifying the first international public health treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco addiction, the leading cause of preventable…

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:…

Infographic: Global burden of disease

[ Spring 2013 ] Our work is working... The past two decades have seen major progress in global health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study--an ambitious worldwide project involving Harvard School of Public Health faculty and many others. But…

Gun prevalence and suicide rank by state

Mapping the Overlap As these maps show, the correlation between guns and suicide is strong but inexact, since both are influenced by poverty, population density, and crime. The nine states that rank lowest in terms of gun prevalence are the very same nine…

Plastics: Danger where we least expect it

[Winter 2010] They hold your water, line your canned goods, and even help save sick babies. But are the potential health risks of certain plastics so great they outweigh the benefits? In the United States, local and state governments are banning the…

Encourage investments in long-term health

The health of the nation depends on more than ensuring health insurance coverage for all. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, only about 10 percent of premature mortality in America can be traced to inadequate health care coverage.…