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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.
This week is the 40th anniversary of the launch of what is possibly the most successful, long-running public health campaign in history. Any guesses?
SmileConnect℠: Leveraging Untapped Resources to Address Children’s Oral Health Disparities Nationwide
Tooth decay affects more children than any other chronic disease, with children from the lowest socioeconomic groups impacted at a significantly higher rate.
Behavioral health patients die from tobacco-related diseases at a much higher rate than the general population.
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.”
Developing and communicating public health messages for a new or emerging epidemic is fraught with challenges.
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.
There have been many changes in U.S. health care over the past 2 years—a trend shared with the broader world.
In clinical research, an institutional review board (IRB) is the group or committee responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of human subjects participating in a study.
‘Tis the season of giving, but it appears that prevention is not on the holiday gift list.
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.
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
The advances made across the archipelago of integrative health and medicine disciplines in 2015 continue to be significant.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, taking more than 480,000 lives annually.
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.
In 1985, as the new Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) Director in Washington State, I needed to institute short-term measures to reduce food costs among WIC participants to meet budgetary requirements.
The theme for August 2015, National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), is Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make It Work! This is an extremely appropriate focus, because while more than 75% of new mothers start out breastfeeding their babies, this figure drops steadily after 3–6 months.
Aspirin is a remarkable drug, but its current use is not without some controversy.
“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.
February is American Heart Month, a great time to get people to think about how they can prevent heart disease and stroke.
Given our understanding that optimal breastfeeding reduces infant mortality, access to hospitals that promote and support breastfeeding is especially important for Detroit, where the infant mortality rate—15 deaths in the first year for every 1,000 live births—remains more than two and a half times the national average and is even higher among Detroit’s African-American community.
Half of all Americans now cite the Internet as their main source for news, according to a Pew Research Center study. Also, 72% of people who go online are looking for health information.
Several years ago, when my dear friend and godmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, I became involved in various efforts to raise money to help other women in our community.
Doesn’t it seem like everyone received a Kindle, an iPad, or another tablet for the holidays? Does this signal the end of print publications?
Altarum’s current phase of mission-driven research and development program was launched in mid-2011, with the launch of our four Centers.
Public Health has always been at the forefront of the charge to “meaningfully use” electronic health data.
Providing Exceptional Clinical Research Support Services: A Moment of Reflection During the Government Shutdown
As a clinical research organization that receives a significant percentage of its work from government contracts, KAI was relieved to learn on the evening of October 16 that Congress had voted to end the 16-day-old government shutdown.
This Hepatitis Awareness Month, let’s take a stand against this quietly growing, deadly epidemic and raise awareness within our communities and among those we care most about.
More people than ever are seeking health information online and more are using their phones and social media to share health information.
Sounding the Alarm on a Silent Epidemic: Federal HIV/STD Advisory Group Adopts Viral Hepatitis as Priority
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.
Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks Program (DUFB) demonstrates that even small incentives will change food purchasing and consumption habits.
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.
WIC Works: A Safety Net Program that Provides Critical Family Support and Promotes Personal Responsibility
The best example of a program that provides both cash benefits in time of need and support for increased personal responsibility is the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
The consequences of sequestration are dire for public health: Without funding, progress in scientific and medical research will be halted, leaving innovative discoveries in disease prevention and treatment firmly out of our grasp.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Accountable Care Act (ACA), the major actors in the nation’s health care enterprise are moving to prepare for changes.
The Weight of the Nation: Bringing Researchers, Policymakers and the Public Together to Address the Issue
This year, public health stakeholders have launched three key communication pieces to refocus the problem of obesity.
Palladian worked closely with NIDA staff to develop the first-ever, easy-to-read website on drug abuse, designed for adults with low reading literacy.
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.
As we fully embrace the digital age (or perhaps as it fully embraces us), both the mobile phone and the social Web offer significant systems-level platforms through which public health can increase the reach of its interventions.
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.
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.
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.
It is often difficult to discern what is happening on the fringe of things and then decide whether any of it matters.
Due to the rapid increase in prescription drug abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic.
In-store medical clinics, like those at Walmart, are eyeing a bigger prize: the millions of Americans with costly illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
In TFAH's ninth annual study, Ready or Not?, we analyzed current budgets and proposed upcoming budgets and likely funding scenarios.
An interest in encouraging the “right” behaviors has led to narrowly focused incentives for specific treatments.
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.
High rates of chronic diseases are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity.
Altarum developed case studies focusing on these partnership efforts, forming our view of success factors for strong, sustained organizational partnerships.
Opportunities to play are disappearing for today’s youth across the board, and the misconceptions about rough and tumble play, in particular, place this particular type of play at a further disadvantage.
Because consumers don’t realize that the price of health care products and services is set very differently than prices in other markets, it leads to perceptions and behaviors that can be expensive and even dangerous.
\Year after year Americans are exposed to contaminated foods that enter the nation’s food supply due to an antiquated set of food safety laws that don’t provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the tools and authorities it needs to protect public health.
Welcome to SOLOMO (SOcial, LOcal, MObile) communication, connecting us instantly through handheld devices. News now literally travels at the speed of light, with words strapped to the backs of zippy electrons.
Service learning presents an amazing opportunity to include children and youth in efforts to deal with the public health crises that are obesity and the play deficit.
Today marks the 2,000th playground build for KaBOOM! Like many nonprofits, KaBOOM! exists to solve a problem—the play deficit.
Thirty years ago this month, the CDC released a report documenting the first cases of what we now know as the acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to prevent illness and promote the health of all Americans.
Regardless of the diversity of profession, culture, or even social economic status, when adults share their play memories threads of commonality begin to materialize.
The patient-centered medical home has grabbed the limelight as a new model of health care that offers an alternative to fragmented, impersonal, and wasteful care that has become the norm throughout much of the U.S.
The reality for many Americans is that they would be willing to make that walk if they had access to a park or playground within walking distance from their homes.
Consumer Reports, which has been rating everything from cars to coffeemakers for the past 75 years, evaluated a different kind of item earlier this year: heart screening tests.
Text4baby? No, babies in utero are not that tech-savvy, not even in 2011, not yet at least.
Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the country has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases.
With the nation about to renew its emphasis on wellness and prevention, it is fair to wonder if we can achieve the strategy’s goal of “… Moving the nation from a focus on illness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.”
Prevention is one of those things that everyone can agree on, the health policy world’s equivalent of apple pie (minus the fat and sodium).
America is waging its war against heart disease with stockpiles of statins. More than one of every six adults—nearly 40 million people—now takes these cholesterol-lowering drugs.
A remarkable few do stand on behalf of the issue at hand. What is it that turns these individuals from passive bystanders into everyday heroes?
January 1st each year millions of us resolve to improve our health—to eat less, exercise more, quit smoking, and so on. But if staying healthy was that easy—we’d all keep our resolutions.
Major media are abuzz discussing the benefits of play, the consequences of its removal, and how parents and communities can work to actively restore play for their children.
Why and how education makes us healthy is not clear. Some advantages of book work are obvious, but none fully explain the positive effect that education has on health.
Why is it that we adults quickly sacrifice children’s opportunities to play in the name of achievement, safety, or changing times?
One category of health care providers that is expected to face some of the biggest challenges related to health reform is the safety net health clinics.
Innovation in medicine is alive and well. Before you get too excited about these wonderful discoveries, there is one small detail: none of these are going to be available in the United States.
Solving the obesity epidemic in this country isn’t as simple as it sounds, according to a report by Trust for America's Health.
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.
There are several questions I’ve been toiling over lately related to health care spending, public health, and paternalism.
Lost amid the yearlong debate over health reform were some major changes to the way in which the United States funds public health, prevention, and wellness programs as a result of the passage of health reform legislation.
What do we know about the levels of population health and the state of medical care and the many other determinants of health across the United States?
Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her signature policy initiative: the Let’s Move campaign.
There is a problem with Health 2.0, just as there is a problem with the way that we’ve approached EHR technology for doctors and hospitals. We’ve been seeking solutions from IT instead of from people.
Health care reform is testing the United State’s capacity to address big issues and has highlighted glaring flaws in the legislative process.
Increasingly, transitional nations – which have long fought to simply maintain adequate nutrition among their populations – are being forced to confront a rising tide of obesity among certain sectors of their populations.
One perverse side effect of the stalled national health reform legislation is that popular, commonsense provisions tucked in the bills get stuck too. That includes the restaurant menu labeling requirement.
World AIDS Day has changed dramatically in the two decades since it began. But the truth is that HIV is still a crisis for gay men.
Dr. David Kessler, as you’ve probably heard, is out with a terrific best-seller called The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.
As the House and Senate move toward the final outlines of health care reform legislation, they confront important questions about how proposals might apply to immigrants.
Sen. Max Baucus’s America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 has received a tepid reception from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Despite the unfortunate reality that prevention may not save money, many preventive services actually are a good bargain when considered from the perspective that they provide health value for the money spent.
The campaign to create a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NAS) for the United States has been a remarkable success so far.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America recently released its report with 10 recommendations that we believe will allow Americans to lead healthy lives.
Last May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution naming May “National Bicycle Month,” giving federal recognition to our most efficient form of transportation.
I believe today we face one of the most important decisions in our Nation’s history—how to address the insolvency of our health care system that threatens to decimate our country’s budget, stability, and overall wellbeing.
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.
After 27 years, far too many businesses remain untapped fighters in the war against HIV/AIDS because they did not know they could be asked, they did not know they should be asked, and too many public health officials did not know how or what to ask them.