Topic: North America

An unhealthy digital divide

January 28, 2014 — K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is interested in finding better ways to communicate health information to lower-income individuals. He answers three questions about a recent study he co-authored that…

Singapore’s health care system holds valuable lessons for U.S.

January 28, 2014 -- The United States could learn a thing or two from Singapore when it comes to providing quality health care at reasonable cost, according to biologist, entrepreneur, and author William Haseltine. Intrigued by the fact that the Southeast Asian…

Boosting vitamin D could reduce severity of multiple sclerosis

For immediate release: Monday, January 20, 2014 Boston, MA -- For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS), low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led…

The ACA's crucial prevention component

Regardless of the political wranglings around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), funding public health prevention efforts must continue, said HSPH Dean [[Julio Frenk]] in an op-ed in the Boston Globe on Oct. 2, 2013. He notes that spending on prevention within the…

Investing in America’s youngest children key to lifelong health

A new report urges a stronger focus on improving socioeconomic conditions in the U.S. as a way to improve health—especially among low-income Americans. Issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, the report recommends investing in the…

Changing the healthcare system’s business model

For those who practice medicine, the fee-for-service business model and “production pressure”—the requirement to see as many patients in as little time as possible—are impediments, according to [[Lucian Leape]], adjunct professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health and a…

Infographic: Then and now

We've come a long way since the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers opened its doors in 1913. Have a look at the changes in the US population and its health in the last hundred years. View expanded infographic. All figures refer to…

Harvard AIDS Initiative: The Movie

November 2013 -- What starts as a story of death and ignorance becomes a chronicle of discovery and success. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Harvard AIDS Initiative created a short video outlining major accomplishments and the work that remains to be…