Drug-drug interactions in the era of personalized medicine: How do we improve drug safety for racial and ethnic minorities?
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What happens to the health and well-being of people left behind in the technology revolution?
Dr. Julie Maslowsky continues her interviews with population health leaders about why they remain positive about the future of population health. Read on for Part 2.
Sandro Galea talks with Chris Bachrach about IAPHS’s first year…
In the current climate of political and global tumult, it is easy to feel pessimistic about current and future population health. But Dr. Julie Maslowsky interviews leading population health scientists and finds reasons to be optimistic…
Despite the chaos and confusion, the ACA is still the law of the land. Where and how can population health research step in?
What’s the IAPHS all about? Read on for the Board’s vision for the organization and its future.
Book Review: The Lives of Community Health Workers – Local Labor and Global Health in Urban EthiopiaSusan Watkins
Book review: The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia, by Kenneth Maes, published by Routledge This deeply researched, intelligent, and persuasive book by Dr. Kenneth Maes addresses the moral economy of global aid for health. To fill the role of community health workers (CHWs), many poor countries extend the reach of their under-resourced public health systems by recruiting and training unpaid volunteers from poor, marginalized communities. The book describes the work of these volunteer CHWs in urban Ethiopia who willingly accept the task given to them: to provide care and support for their neighbors living with AIDS. What makes their unpaid work remarkable is that volunteers are themselves often struggling to make a living, and may themselves be HIV positive. The global health organizations and NGOs that implement donors’ programs on the ground recruit volunteers by using the language of morality. At one particular Ethiopian Volunteer Day event organized by a local NGO (HIWOT), volunteers were encouraged to sacrifice—to seek spiritual and mental rewards rather than material rewards. Themes included, “Let us protect children from HIV/AIDS and spread volunteer service” and “Everyone should give volunteer service in order to improve the country […]
A Report Card on National Government: How Will a New Government’s Policies Impact Population Health?Fred Zimmerman
It’s time for a National Dashboard – a report card on how well policy-makers are supporting the conditions that allow people to be healthy. Population health is about assuring the conditions in which people—all people—can be healthy. This effort has never been more important. I will be monitoring these conditions in the United States and reporting on them here on the IAPHS blog every six months. I welcome your input on which benchmarks should be included. I will begin by monitoring six key issues. Each one has a significant impact on population health, and each can be measured reliably and objectively each year. I’ve chosen these issues for two reasons: each one informs the conditions where health happens (or doesn’t), and each responds relatively quickly to policy changes. Together these metrics make a good start for a report card for the new administration. 1.The Number of Uninsured Americans. With control of Congress, the Republican Party may dismantle several aspects of the Affordable Care Act. For example, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan has promised to dramatically curtail Medicaid by block-granting it to the states. He would also like to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a system of […]