Substantial racial inequalities despite frequent health care contact found in treatment for opioid use disorder
In the wake of an opioid-related event, White patients received medication for opioid use disorder up to 80% more frequently than Black patients and up to 25% more frequently than Hispanic patients, according to a new study led…
Improving global maternal mortality outcomes
Zachary Ward, research scientist in the Center for Health Decision Science, explains his recent pair of studies predicting trends in global maternal mortality and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to curb maternal deaths.
One in five surveyed would skip costly follow-up breast cancer screening
More than 20% of patients say they would forego follow-up tests after an abnormal mammogram if they had to pay a deductible, according to a recent study. The finding shows how health costs can interfere with the purpose…
Millions at risk of losing health insurance amid ‘Medicaid unwinding’
As states begin to reverify their Medicaid rolls amid the expiration of pandemic-era protections, recipients should be prepared to prove their continued eligibility or to find a new health insurer—a task that puts millions at risk of losing…
Class explores the role of insurers in health care
In a course at Harvard Chan School, Andrew Dreyfus, recent president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is asking students to explore the question "Can health insurers be good?"
Federal action needed to halt maternity ward closures, says expert
As maternity wards continue to close around the country, some states are implementing “bold and innovative” solutions—though none that will be as effective as federal intervention, according to Harvard Chan School’s Alecia McGregor.
U.S. governmental public health workforce shrank by half in five years, study finds
Nearly half of all employees in state and local public health agencies in the U.S. left their jobs between 2017 and 2021, and if such workforce contractions continue, more than 100,000 public health staff could leave their jobs…
Exploring Chinese health insurance reforms that led to protests
Recent changes to Chinese health insurance sparked protests by hundreds of older people in two cities, but the changes could make the health care system more equitable, according to Harvard Chan School experts.
Marginalized communities likely to distrust healthcare system, polling finds
Women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ+ community are much more likely than other groups to distrust their healthcare providers and the healthcare system in general, according to polling commissioned by Sanofi.
Poll demonstrates persisting racial health and wealth gap in the U.S.
In a recent poll from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers found that Black Americans are being disproportionately affected by the rising U.S. inflation rates compared to white…