Topic: health policy

The art of getting things done

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] On January 19, 2011, HSPH professor William Hsiao walked onto the podium in the well of the Vermont State House. Before him sat both chambers of the state legislature. Above him stood hundreds of onlookers in the observation…

Teaching leadership to leaders

[ Fall 2011 ] The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative teaches seasoned professionals how to handle unprecedented disasters. At  the World Trade Center on 9/11, the New York Fire Department set up a command center at the bottom of World Trade Center One.…

Health insurance and Uncle Sam

[ Fall 2008 ] A proposal to make health care more affordable Though we Americans bicker about how best to fix our health care system, on this, most agree: The system is fundamentally unfair and fails to deliver good value for our money. A…

Guns and suicide: A fatal link

[ Spring 2008 ] In the United States, suicides outnumber homicides almost two to one. Perhaps the real tragedy behind suicide deaths—about 30,000 a year, one for every 45 attempts—is that so many could be prevented. Research shows that whether attempters live or die…

Support a Health Rights movement

Forty-four years after Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, egregious racial and ethnic inequities persist in health status and health care. As vigorously documented by the Institute of Medicine’s sentinel 2002 report, Unequal Treatment, the life-expectancy gap has widened by…

Dean's message: Health and wealth

[ Fall 2012 ] The cover story in this issue of Harvard Public Health explores one of the most complicated intersections in policymaking: the nexus of public health and the economy. With the November U.S. elections just two months away, voters can…

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…

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…