Topic: North America

Technology crucial to give patients a "medical home"

September 20, 2011 -- HSPH Expert Outlines Key Ways to Improve Health Care Delivery Of the many problems facing health care in the United States, critics say one of the biggest is that patient care isn’t well coordinated. It’s easy, for example, for…

Stress plays key role in racial disparities in health

May 2, 2011 -- Despite the widespread belief that racial differences in stress exist and that stress is linked to poor health, relatively few studies have investigated the topic. A new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers shows…

Hospitals now receiving letter grades for patient safety

Hospitals across the nation are now receiving letter grades—A, B, C, D, or F—for patient safety. The new initiative comes from The Leapfrog Group, a health quality nonprofit, which drew on expertise from a blue ribbon panel including several Harvard School of…

Home stress, work stress linked with increased smoking

September 12, 2012 -- According to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), there’s a strong association between work-family conflict and the likelihood of smoking. Candace Nelson, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for…

Experts lay out future of health IT at PHAT conference

May 5, 2011 -- Paper medical records—the 19th century tools still used by most 21st century medical providers—are a big part of what’s ailing the United States’ health care system, HSPH Assoc. Prof. Ashish Jha told an audience of representatives from academia, government, and industry…

HSPH experts comment on Supreme Court health care ruling

Harvard School of Public Health experts provided analysis to major news outlets following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 28, 2012 to uphold most of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law that aims to…

Former CDC director talks leadership with HSPH students

November 2, 2011 -- Always have a goal and know where you are headed, Julie Gerberding, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) students October 27, 2011. She shared leadership tips…

Aging light fixtures in New York City schools leaking PCBs

Inspections have revealed that elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are leaking from aging light fixtures in many New York City public schools. HSPH’s Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about PCBs and their…

President Obama calls on Americans to volunteer as mentors

January is National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign calling on Americans to mentor the estimated 15 million young people who are in need of mentors. A FoxNews.com story describes the campaign, which is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project at the…

Arizona shooting spree casts light on gun violence in U.S.

Among the many issues raised by the Tucson, Arizona shootings that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, six people dead and more than a dozen injured on January 8, 2011 are questions about the nature and culture of gun violence in…