Topic: North America

ACA this week - Do enrollment targets matter?

March, 2014 – Although the number of people signing up for health care through the federal and state marketplaces is currently behind the administration’s target, Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says…

Harvard Public Health Magazine Extra: Social Capital & Health

April 2014 - Roseto, Pennsylvania was settled by Italian immigrants who were found to have astonishingly low rates of heart disease in the 1950s. Ichiro Kawachi, chair of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, explains…

Vermont calls it quits on single payer

In a December 23, 2014 opinion piece in CommonWealth, health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health lamented Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent decision not to pursue a single-payer financing scheme for health insurance in that state…

The heat is on: Causes of hospitalization due to heat waves identified

For immediate release: December 23, 2014 Boston, MA ─ In the largest and most comprehensive study of heat-related illness to date, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have identified a handful of potentially serious disorders—including fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure,…

Odds of repealing Obamacare slim

Although Congressional Republicans could try to chip away at parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the coming months, it’s highly unlikely that the law as a whole will be repealed, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard School…

Health insurance enrollment websites experience smoother relaunch

The launch of this year’s open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act went much more smoothly than last year, according Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health. He told WGBH…

Police face higher risk of sudden cardiac death during stressful duties

For immediate release: November 18, 2014 Boston, MA — Police officers in the United States face roughly 30 to 70 times higher risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) when they’re involved in stressful situations—suspect restraints, altercations, or chases—than when they’re involved in…

A storm leaves poor health in its path

November 14, 2014 — Mariana Arcaya is a Yerby Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health whose work focuses on the intersection of urban planning and public health. She was lead author of two recent papers that tracked the health of a…

Helping doctors talk to patients about guns

Doctors don’t have good ways to talk to their patients about guns—and that’s why an upcoming conference aimed at helping them do so is important, according to David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Hemenway was quoted in an…

Rolling back school lunch nutrition standards a bad idea

Congressional efforts to undermine school lunch nutrition standards implemented in 2012 could threaten progress in the fight against childhood obesity, according to an opinion piece in the October 29, 2014 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Critics of the standards, including some…