Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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  • New Reports Published on State Population Health Strategies that Make a Difference

    Oct 12, 2017

    What happens when you identify specific improvements in population health in several states—and then ask, “How did they do that?” You gain a better understanding of what it really takes to make progress in population health. That’s what we did in a series of reports by researchers David Jones and Christopher Louis from Boston University School of Public Health. They analyzed three … Read more

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  • Saying Yes to Public Leadership

    Sep 26, 2017 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Sandy Praeger did not seek to be a leader. “Local party officials had to keep asking me,” she said of her first public position as a member of the Lawrence City Council. “The same thing happened when I was asked to run for the Kansas House of Representatives—I thought I was done.” But now public service was in her blood, and she went on to serve as chair of several committees in the … Read more

  • Featured Article

    Consumers’ Response to an On-Shelf Nutrition Labelling System in Supermarkets: Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

    Erin Hobin, Bryan Bollinger, Jocelyn Sacco, Eli Liebman, Lana Vanderlee, Fei Zuo, Laura Rosella, Mary L'Abbé, Heather Manson, David Hammond

    Does nutrition labelling on the grocery store shelf help consumers make healthier food choices? Researchers looked at aggregated supermarket transaction data in three supermarket chains in Ontario and conducted exit interviews with shoppers from both intervention and control supermarkets to assess shoppers’ attitudes toward labelling. They found shoppers made small but significant shifts toward purchasing food with higher nutritional ratings, including foods with slightly less trans fat and sugar and more fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Read more

  • Software-Related Recalls of Health Information Technology and Other Medical Devices: Implications for FDA Regulation of Digital Health

    Jay G. Ronquillo, Diana M. Zuckerman

    Medical software has become an increasingly critical component of health care, yet the regulatory landscape for digital health is inconsistent and controversial. Researchers used FDA databases to identify all medical devices that were recalled from 2011 through 2015 primarily because of software defects. They have found that software problems in medical devices are not rare and have the potential to negatively influence medical care Read more

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