Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

An endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience

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  • New Case Studies: Population Health: The Translation of Research to Policy

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program was designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy change, while addressing the multiple determinants of population health. One of its goals was to produce a cadre of scientific leaders who could contribute to this research and spearhead action to improve overall population health and … Read more

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  • When Things Go Wrong: Accountability and the Flint Water Crisis

    Aug 28, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Things had gone very wrong for Aaron and the Israelites. The brother of Moses had lost both of his sons after they dared to approach God directly, contrary to God’s directions. The entire tribe was suffering God’s wrath as a result. Moses asked God what could be done to help Aaron. God directed Moses to have Aaron—among other sacrifices—choose a goat to “be presented alive before … Read more

  • Featured Article

    The Impact of Parental and Medical Leave Policies on Socioeconomic and Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature

    Arijit Nandi, Deepa Jahagirdar, Michelle C. Dimitris, Jeremy A. Labrecque, Erin Strumpf, Jay S. Kaufman, Ilona Vincent, Efe Atabay, Sam Harper, Alison Earle, S. Jody Heymann

    This systematic review looks at the potential impacts of national paid leave policies in OECD countries on economic, social, and health outcomes. Researchers found that access to paid parental leave around the time of childbirth reduces rates of infant mortality. More generous paid leave in countries that offer unpaid or short duration of paid leave could help families strike a balance between the demands of earning income and attending to personal and family well-being. Read more

  • Systems Thinking as a Framework for Analyzing Commercial Determinants of Health

    Cécile Knai, Mark Petticrew, Nicholas Mays, Simon Capewell, Rebecca Cassidy, Steven Cummins, Elizabeth Eastmure, Patrick Fafard, Benjamin Hawkins, Jørgen Dejgård Jensen, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Modi Mwatsama, Jim Orford, Heide Weishaar

    Worldwide, more than 70% of all deaths are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDS), such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, and mental illness. Although such deaths are preventable, effective solutions continue to elude the public health community. This study uses a complex systems perspective to analyze the commercial determinants of NCDs and how unhealthy commodity industries influence public health policy. Read more

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