Topic: North America

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.…

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…

Extend a safety net to deserving immigrant families

Reforming both U.S. immigration law and our health care system have been key domestic issues in the 2008 presidential campaign. Yet there is little recognition of the fact that these two problems overlap. Immigrants in this country and their children-about 18% of…

Can cost-effective health care = better health care?

[Winter 2010] Cost-effectiveness research pinpoints best values for limited health care dollars—and the results may surprise you An interview with Harvard School of Public Health’s Milton Weinstein offers some revealing insights into how the U.S. health care system could save money by focusing on…

Researchers Tap into a New Source of Government Dollars

[Fall 2009] Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health and around the country are hoping that a busy spring will pay off in an ample fall harvest of new research funding. The bounty could come courtesy of the American Recovery and…

Put research on early childhood development into action

The path to a nation that is strong and prosperous, with healthy, well-educated citizens and vibrant communities, begins with our youngest children. Thanks to a remarkable convergence of new scientific knowledge about the developing brain, the human genome, and the long-term impact…

Health care for (almost) everyone: Key elements of the law

Key Elements of the Law “An act to provide access to affordable, quality, accountable health care.” Individual mandate For the first time in the United States, the law requires that anyone over 18 have “minimum creditable coverage” by end of 2007 and:…