Topic: health policy

Living more safely with guns

There are ways to bring together both sides of the nation’s gun debate to address the public health threat of firearm violence in the United States, which claims an estimated 33,000 lives annually and puts the nation at the top of the…

Consumers overwhelmed in sea of health information

While health information is more widely available than ever, most consumers are unable to understand it well enough to make appropriate decisions, according to a new editorial by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. While education levels are a barrier…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

June 26, 2015 -- John McDonough, professor of public health practice, was a senior advisor on health reform in the Senate from 2008-2010, where he worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He weighs in on the Supreme…

A MOOC spreads the word on global health quality

For Ashish Jha, teaching a massive open online course (MOOC) through the digital platform HarvardX was an opportunity to try a new model for learning. Rather than attempt to replicate the classroom experience, Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at Harvard…

Robotic driving systems need regulation

With automobile manufacturers racing to bring self-driving vehicles to the marketplace, policy makers need to get up to speed and start examining the issues surrounding the transition, according to Jay A. Winsten, associate dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

Emergency room doctors busy, despite ACA

Doctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce…