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Led by a dedicated Altarum team, the transformation of oral health is currently underway in Michigan, thanks to the Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP). Dental disease is the most common chronic disease among children—and it is also entirely preventable.
February 23, 2017 |
 
Health emergencies disrupt the lives of millions of Americans and cost the country billions of dollars each year.
January 12, 2017 |
 
Altarum has recently launched a public health Web application, Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDR℠), aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.
January 10, 2017 |
 
Sexuality is a natural part of being human and nearly everyone has at least one sexual relationship during their lifetime.
December 6, 2016 |
 
The idea that, when it comes to health, men are reckless or clueless fools is a simplistic caricature that has been blown away, hopefully once and for all, by a new very large multinational survey commissioned by Sanofi Consumer Health Care
November 30, 2016 |
 
The team of Altarum’s SmileConnect.org, is focused on providing free oral healthcare resources and services to children across Michigan.
November 29, 2016 |
 
When people reflect on how philanthropy influences public policy, they often focus on highly visible, multi-million dollar, national advocacy efforts, such as the Gates Foundation’s investments in education reform or Atlantic Philanthropies’ role in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
September 29, 2016 |
 
Tooth decay affects more children than any other chronic disease, with children from the lowest socioeconomic groups impacted at a significantly higher rate.
September 15, 2016 |
 
When Payment Reform Alone is Not Enough: Increasing Use of Preventive Oral Health Services Among Children Enrolled in Medicaid
September 6, 2016 |
 
As the Baby Boom generation reaches retirement at a rate of 10,000 people per day, and advances in health care and medicine extend our lifespans, American families need more care than ever before. At least 20% of our population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030.
August 2, 2016 |
 
My Twitter pal and founding partner of Forthright Health Management, Tom Valenti, wrote in TechCrunch that “there will never be an Uber for healthcare” because “[h]ealthcare is not a transaction business; it is a relationship business.”
July 28, 2016 |
 
A quarter century ago a controversial clinical idea burst onto the scene in the form of published research.
July 19, 2016 |
 
Together with many of our community colleagues and AIDS.gov, NMAC and Altarum have joined forces to commemorate Men’s Health Month.
June 21, 2016 |
 
The second Men’s Health Week in the U.K. was launched in London in 2003 in a venue that will seem strange to many U.S. readers—a betting shop.
June 14, 2016 |
 
No matter what you want to do, there’s an app for that, and health is no exception. With more than 165,000 health-related apps available, mobile health apps, called mHealth apps by some, are already a huge part of the digital market and are poised to grow even more abundant.
June 9, 2016 |
 
This past April 4th, the White House released a report titled, "The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment."
May 25, 2016 |
 
May is Lupus Awareness Month—31 days that are nationally recognized for raising awareness and understanding of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects at least 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. For me, these 31 days are a time to reflect on just one individual’s journey with this disease—my mother’s.
May 12, 2016 |
 
Developing and communicating public health messages for a new or emerging epidemic is fraught with challenges.
May 5, 2016 |
 
In the United States, there are wide gaps in the outcomes of children who grow up in impoverished circumstances compared to those who grow up with adequate resources.
May 3, 2016 |
 
Nearly two months ago, TFAH joined a chorus of public health advocates in calling for additional policies, research, funding, and capacity to prepare for Zika and other emerging outbreaks.
April 12, 2016 |
 
In November of 2014, The Joint Commission issued a Clarification of the Pain Management Standard. The document, which followed an extensive re-review of the literature, marked the most significant opening for integrative and nonpharmacologic approaches in U.S. pain treatment.
March 29, 2016 |
 
Men’s health is surely one of the most significant public health problems to have been largely overlooked by policymakers and practitioners. This is despite the clear evidence of poor outcomes for men.
March 24, 2016 |
 
Tobacco was America’s great public health scourge of the past century, but the tobacco control movement was one of its great public health success stories.
March 10, 2016 |
 
The nation is caught in a flood of chronic pain, opioid use, disability, and death that can be traced to our current approaches to pain.
March 8, 2016 |
 
Picture your morning commute. You’re sitting in traffic, shoulders tense. You come to a sudden stop and your coffee spills all over your console. Someone cuts you off. You’re fairly sure you’re going to be late to work…and grumpy when you get there.
March 4, 2016 |
 
By now, you have probably heard about the water crisis going on in Flint, Michigan, where the city switched to a cheaper but more corrosive, lead-leaching water supply in 2014.
February 24, 2016 |
 
This past fall, an announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) indicated that the venerable organization was considering modifying its screen time standards for children.
January 19, 2016 |
 
Most of us have a relative or friend who could benefit from hearing aids.
January 14, 2016 |
 
One of the biggest aims of telemedicine in hospitals today is to reduce the rate of readmissions. Hospitals have a major incentive: If they don't reduce preventable 30-day readmissions, they stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue.
December 8, 2015 |
 
The challenge for health communicators is to convey complex health information quickly, clearly, and accurately. Palladian Partners has developed a variety of ways to do that, including written text, video interviews, and infographics.
November 24, 2015 |
 
Today the American Cancer Society and health advocates nationwide celebrate the Great American Smokeout, a day that draws attention to the dangers of tobacco and encourages smokers to quit
November 19, 2015 |
 
Inequity is not something that comes to mind often when we think about men.
November 18, 2015 |
 
The advances made across the archipelago of integrative health and medicine disciplines in 2015 continue to be significant.
November 3, 2015 |
 
Every day, millions of U.S. children spend time in before- and afterschool care or early child care.
October 29, 2015 |
 
The United States spends more on health care per person than any other nation yet ranks 37th in terms of morbidity and mortality among developed countries.
October 20, 2015 |
 
Does the word “learning” being associated with a health care system cause concern?
October 13, 2015 |
 
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, taking more than 480,000 lives annually.
September 24, 2015 |
 
There is growing recognition in this country that health depends largely on what happens outside of traditional health care settings, in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.
September 22, 2015 |
 
Health funders pride themselves on being champions of innovation.
September 10, 2015 |
 
Often, you hear that an investment in our nation’s children and education system is really an investment in our economy. Not as often do you hear the same thing about our children’s health and the nation’s public health system.
June 9, 2015 |
 
“You can’t eat a paper.” That’s an obvious—if not odd—statement. But those 5 little words demonstrate the enormous challenge that NIH committed to addressing with the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in December 2011.
May 26, 2015 |
 
When it comes to our health, how much responsibility is ours—making healthy choices and avoiding behaviors that promote poor health—versus society’s to make these opportunities available and affordable to us?
May 14, 2015 |
 
At any point, Altarum’s 400+ staff are working across the country on more than 120 projects. From San Diego, California, to Portland, Maine, we’re partnering with government, nonprofits, business, and foundations to make real systems change through our research and consulting.
April 9, 2015 |
 
The numerous stakeholders involved in clinical research (e.g., patients, volunteers, investigators, sponsors, patient advocacy groups) can all agree that data sharing is essential, but it’s hardly routine as a current part of the clinical trial lifecycle.
March 26, 2015 |
 
According to the last Census, almost 19% of the American population lives in a nonmetropolitan area, representing approximately 59 million people.
March 19, 2015 |
 
Being a parent or caregiver can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to ensuring your children are healthy, equipped for learning, and achieving their potential.
March 17, 2015 |
 
If you’ve never been to Texas, it can be hard to understand the depth of pride we Texans have in our state. Some of it is hyperbole (“On the eighth day, God created Texas”), but our history as an economic powerhouse is real. You can’t lead the nation in job growth and new business creation and not feel a swell of pride.
February 19, 2015 |
 
February is American Heart Month, a great time to get people to think about how they can prevent heart disease and stroke.
February 12, 2015 |
 
Every February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month.
February 3, 2015 |
 
The health of teenagers is a powerful signal of the health of an entire community, and also a leading indicator of the future health of that community.
January 29, 2015 |
 
During the month of November, Native American Heritage Month, we celebrated the histories and cultures of the Nation’s First People.
December 2, 2014 |
 
The term “population health” seems to mean many different things to different people. For providers, a population may mean their panel of patients.
November 18, 2014 |
 
Like many of you, over the past several months, I have watched the tragedy of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa unfold.
August 21, 2014 |
 
One of the most powerful responses to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling is the continued provision of low- and no-cost contraceptive services at Title X clinics across the country.
July 3, 2014 |
 
Warm weather, abundant daylight, and 3 months off from school mean that many children and families will be walking, bicycling, and outside enjoying the good weather and free time that summer break can bring.
June 12, 2014 |
 
At a time when digital communication changes almost daily, we as communicators need to stay ever vigilant about meeting our audiences where they are and sharing information in forms that resonate with them.
June 10, 2014 |
 
How many friends do you have with intellectual disabilities?
May 20, 2014 |
 
Most people reserve the term “sweatshops” for those factories in urban areas circa 1900 that employed new immigrants working long hours at substandard wages in dangerous conditions.
May 1, 2014 |
 
This Minority Health Month, we should remember disparities among racial and ethnic groups are of particularly great concern.
April 15, 2014 |
 
On the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Helsinki,1 the World Medical Association (WMA) revised this important document that set the bioethical principles and standards for the basic rights of individuals involved in medical research.
March 20, 2014 |
 
Since the 1940s, there have been tremendous advancements in infectious disease prevention efforts, vaccinations, antibiotics, and other treatments.
March 18, 2014 |
 
Across the country, communities are looking for ways to improve the health and well-being of their residents. It is increasingly clear that where we live, work, and play—in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods, and our larger communities—has a strong influence on our health.
November 5, 2013 |
 
Summer is often an idyllic time where the pressures of school are reduced, fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant, and time for recreation increases. However, for many children, summer time represents a loss of academic progress, reduced access to nutritious food, and a reduction in physical activity opportunities.
August 13, 2013 |
 
In March, ASCNYC staff and peers shared lessons from their women’s peer recovery programs during Altarum’s monthly behavioral health Twitter chat (#BHchat).
April 2, 2013 |
 
Crowdsourced information is being used in unexpected ways to build stronger, more livable cities.
March 12, 2013 |
 
In support of enhanced cross-government efforts to address the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis, a federal advisory body on HIV and STDs recently expanded its scope and title to include viral hepatitis.
February 13, 2013 |
 
As we think about how to keep our personal New Year’s resolutions going strong for the rest of the year (or at least going into February…), we’re also looking at several “resolutions” being promised from the clinical research industry in the year 2013.
January 29, 2013 |
 
The fourth annual mHealth Summit, which took place December 3-5 in Washington, D.C., brought together leaders from across the mobile health ecosystem.
December 20, 2012 |
 
Altarum Institute has an extensive and long­standing commitment to eliminating health disparities.
December 12, 2012 |
 
Behavioral health is often treated, if at all, separately from physical health, as if diseases of body and diseases of the brain do not have a synergistic effect.
November 15, 2012 |
 
"Money and Medicine" talks honestly about the incentive of profit in health care while juxtaposing the actual financial costs of various treatments and procedures with the profound human costs of undergoing those treatments.
September 24, 2012 |
 
Children, teens and yes even adults should all have access to playful activities in which they can reap the benefits.
September 18, 2012 |
 
KaBOOM! was honored to join First Lady Michelle Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and local elected officials from across the country, in Philadelphia to announce public and private sector commitments to support the goals of Let’s Move!.
July 26, 2012 |
 
The Atlantic Philanthropies—in partnership with the John A. Hartford Foundation—funded the Practice Change Fellows Program.
July 24, 2012 |
 
Given our public interest in safety, one has to wonder how we have become so complacent about preventable illness and injury in medicine.
July 5, 2012 |
 
According to a new Trust for America’s Health report, The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report, many states and the federal government do not have policies or laws that we know can protect citizens from injury.
July 3, 2012 |
 
Federal transportation spending priorities are set by a bill that authorizes and governs these funds but the last transportation bill expired in 2009.
June 21, 2012 |
 
In reading Dr. Hua Carroll’s post on the "Cultural Differences in the Treatment of Pain," two statements stood out: 1) the CDC has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic, and 2) fighting prescription pain medication abuse is an uphill battle.
May 29, 2012 |
 
Supporting healthy food and exercise would do more to improve health than high-cost medications or surgeries. Can we usefully apply the same perspective to the care needed for frail and disabled elders?
May 22, 2012 |
 
Two new reports show that where you live, learn, work and play have a major impact on how healthy you are and how long you live.
April 17, 2012 |
 
In the midst of an unstable economy, many communities are beginning to recognize what a select number of cities have known for decades: joint use agreements work.
March 20, 2012 |
 
Dan Buettner, best-selling author of The Blue Zones, wrote a fascinating account of four places in the world where people live the longest – outliving Americans by more than a decade.
December 13, 2011 |
 
If there’s one thing everyone in Washington can agree on it’s that prevention is good. And that’s about as far as the agreement goes.
November 16, 2011 |
 
Altarum developed case studies focusing on these partnership efforts, forming our view of success factors for strong, sustained organizational partnerships.
November 3, 2011 |
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a new Action Plan to Prevent, Care, and Treat Viral Hepatitis to take a more strategic approach to deal with the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis.
May 26, 2011 |
 
Regardless of the diversity of profession, culture, or even social economic status, when adults share their play memories threads of commonality begin to materialize.
May 19, 2011 |
 
A major challenge of the current system of care for adults with functional limitations is the inability of middle-income individuals to protect themselves against the financial risk of needing and accessing available supports and services to help them remain in their homes and communities.
April 7, 2011 |
 
Many analysts feel that the health reforms needed to improve quality and value cannot be done by governments alone but that real, lasting reform needs to occur at the community level.
June 15, 2010 |
 
The Safe Routes to School Program addresses only primary, elementary, and middle schools, which is why I introduced the Safe Routes to High School Act (H.R. 4021) last November.
January 18, 2010 |
 
The Mission Projects are a significant new endeavor for Altarum, one that is key to extending reach and impact beyond what we can do in client-funded work alone.
January 8, 2009 |