Topic: North America

7 ways to fight health inequities

[ Spring 2008 ] Premature death is more than three times more likely to occur in those at the bottom income levels of American society. Even middle-income Americans are more than twice as likely to die earlier than top earners. The reasons…

Desegregate our healthcare system

If we as a nation are truly committed to putting our legacy of racial segregation behind us, one place to begin is our health care system. While the reasons for lower health status for racial and ethnic minorities are many, the health…

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…

Q&A: The science of irrationality

[ Spring 2013 ] Why we act against our own best interests Human beings act irrationally. This long-established observation, corroborated now by the burgeoning field of behavioral economics—which studies the influence of social, cognitive and emotional forces on our choices and decisions—holds great potential…

Shining a light on medical errors

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Lucian Leape has made a career out of other people’s mistakes. Over the past three decades, his research has focused largely on strategies for reducing those all-too-common errors that kill tens of thousands of patients every year. Leape,…

First in line for affordable care

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] For 15 years, Madelyn Rhenisch struggled with an illness that drained her of all physical and mental vitality, destroyed the successful career she had worked hard to build, and left her with no savings. All because she couldn’t…

Public health and the U.S. economy

[ Fall 2012 ] How the next U.S. president can stack the deck in favor of people’s health and wealth in 2013 With the November 2012 elections on the horizon, Americans surveyed in national polls consistently rank the economy as their number…

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 …