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December 2021 Richard M. Scheffler, Olivia Shane,
Health equity has become a familiar buzzword in public health. There is, however, little consensus about what it means and how to measure it.… More
November 2021 Paula M. Lantz,
Paula M. Lantz discusses the implications for population health and public policy on the declining birth rate in the US. More
November 2021 Hahrie Han,
Scholars and policymakers alike have understood the connection between the social determinants of health and health for centuries now, but progress in… More
October 2021 Alan B. Cohen, Amanda Katchmar,
As health care spending in the United States climbed to seemingly unsustainable heights 40 years ago, some observers predicted that rationing of… More
October 2021 Mark V. Pauly,
Mark Pauly of the University of Pennsylvania proposes taxing employment-based health insurance plans for high-income people only in this guest Opinion. More
September 2021 John E. McDonough,
The massive shortcomings of the US health care delivery system have been strikingly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. One key shortcoming involves the nation’s health care workforce—physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, and many others. To address this challenge, President Biden and Congress should establish a national health care workforce commission. More
September 2021 David Rosner,
Epidemics are more than biological events, says David Rosner of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in his latest Milbank Quarterly Opinion. “The ways we react to disease outbreaks are products of our beliefs, our knowledge, our prejudices, and our social and political histories,” Rosner explains. In this new commentary, Rosner explores the broad rejection of smallpox inoculation in 18th century America, its impact on health and life expectancy, and its parallels to today’s resistance to COVID-19 vaccination. More
September 2021 Bhaven N. Sampat, Robert Cook-Deegan,
In what would be the most significant change to US biomedical research funding policy in decades, Congress is considering a proposal to create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). More
August 2021 Sara Rosenbaum,
Sara Rosenbaum of George Washington University discusses how eliminating inequity in health care needs measurement in real time. More
July 2021 Harold A. Pollack, Kenton Johnston, Hefei Wen,
Harold Pollack, Kenton Johnston, and Hefei Wen explain how Americans with disabilities deserve more attention and resources. More
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