Risk Analysis in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Weighing the Cost and Benefits of Vaccines and Masks

Every single day, people take risks.  They drive in cars and fly in airplanes, expose themselves to environmental pollution and so much more. While some of these public health risks are so integrated into our lives that we’ve stopped worrying about them, other risks—such as engaging in activities that increase your likelihood of contracting COVID-19—can … Continue reading “Risk Analysis in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Weighing the Cost and Benefits of Vaccines and Masks”

Change Management: Why It’s So Important, and So Challenging, in Health Care Environments

Medical professionals excel at finding solutions in patient care. “We are great at coming up with the ‘next big thing’: we have brilliant people who are at the front lines of innovation,” says Louise Keogh Weed, program director of the Leadership Strategies for Evolving Health Care Executives program and a practice transformation specialist at the … Continue reading “Change Management: Why It’s So Important, and So Challenging, in Health Care Environments”

How Do You Communicate Uncertainty and Promote Public Health — During COVID-19 and Beyond?

Despite a vast amount of research, there are many aspects of COVID-19 that continue to be perplexing. From the more transmissible variants of the virus to the necessity of mask-wearing after vaccination, the protocols of the pandemic continue to evolve — and inherent uncertainty about the virus will continue. Even when officials delivering information are … Continue reading “How Do You Communicate Uncertainty and Promote Public Health — During COVID-19 and Beyond?”

Designing Accessible Laboratory Spaces for People with Disabilities

If you’re an architect, engineer, or lab manager involved in facilities development for the medical, biotechnology, basic sciences, or pharmaceutical field, it’s important to know how to design laboratories that will be safe and accessible for people with a range of disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a set of legal standards that … Continue reading “Designing Accessible Laboratory Spaces for People with Disabilities”

How COVID-19 Has Changed the Standards of Worker Safety and Health — and How Organizations Can Adapt

Ensuring health and safety in the workplace is already a critically important issue; organizations that invest in occupational safety perform better, reduce turnover, and help workers do their jobs more effectively. But COVID-19 has forced companies to act quickly and decisively to keep workers safe. As employers endeavor to slow the spread of the virus … Continue reading “How COVID-19 Has Changed the Standards of Worker Safety and Health — and How Organizations Can Adapt”

Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Global Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is a serious global public health emergency. With the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating tobacco-related deaths at more than 8 million people a year globally, leaders from around the world need to take action to reduce distribution and demand, says Vaughan Rees, Director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center … Continue reading “Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Global Tobacco Use”

Algorithmic Bias in Health Care Exacerbates Social Inequities — How to Prevent It

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to drastically improve patient outcomes. AI utilizes algorithms to assess data from the world, make a representation of that data, and use that information to make an inference. From handling administrative tasks to actively diagnosing disease, AI could make treatment faster and more effective in clinical settings, especially as … Continue reading “Algorithmic Bias in Health Care Exacerbates Social Inequities — How to Prevent It”

Challenges and Opportunities for Women on Health Care Boards during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life in the United States—including forcing corporations and nonprofit organizations in the health care sector to rethink their business models in order to stay afloat. As a result, both public and private boards of directors and nonprofit boards of trustees have had to find new ways to … Continue reading “Challenges and Opportunities for Women on Health Care Boards during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Using a Risk Analysis Framework to Guide COVID-19 Decisions

Every time you step outside of your home during the pandemic, there’s always the risk that you could get—or give—COVID-19. That’s why using risk analysis principles can be an important strategy to help assess the dangers that exist. “Risk analysis is a scientific tool that can help us assess threats to human health, provide input … Continue reading “Using a Risk Analysis Framework to Guide COVID-19 Decisions”

How to Build—And Lead—Resilient Health Care Teams During COVID-19

Health care workers currently face challenges that are more intense than usual during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The medical field is no stranger to crises, but COVID-19 has caused, in many cases, a profoundly heightened environment — extending not just to the professional but to the personal lives of employees, leaders, partners, and patients. “It’s … Continue reading “How to Build—And Lead—Resilient Health Care Teams During COVID-19”