Health Policy Forum

Altarum Institute’s Health Policy Forum offers a neutral setting for discussion and consideration of health-related issues facing our nation.  Authors represent leading thinkers in health research, policy, and advocacy and include Altarum staff members and guest contributors who provide insightful, fact-based commentary and analysis regarding a range of health care topics. The site reaches a diverse audience of roughly 4,000 visitors from academia, government, industry, and health-related fields.

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This Memorial Day We Remember Those Who Gave All

May 26, 2016

To many, Memorial Day is just the first day of summer vacation. It’s the day the swimming pool opens in the local community and neighbors clean up the grill and have the season’s first BBQ.

Nature Bats Last: A Warming Earth Will Exact Adverse Health Effects But Our Responsibilities Are...?

May 25, 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."

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join Us in Spreading the Word!

May 24, 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are joining forces to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities.

Strengthening Public Trust in Nutrition Science

May 19, 2016

While most people can appreciate how science has improved their lives, the public is still often skeptical of science; nutrition science is no exception.

How Are You Involved in the Opioid Epidemic?

May 17, 2016

Saturday morning, my Facebook Messenger pinged me with a note from a friend who was asking for prayer. I received a text message from her immediately afterward with more details: her 26-year-old grandson had been rushed to the hospital after overdosing on heroin.

Lupus and the Customer-Centric Business Model

May 12, 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.

Pay Attention to Children’s Mental Health

May 10, 2016

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and, in its wake, I felt I should add in my own two cents.

The Complexities of Messaging on Zika

May 5, 2016

Developing and communicating public health messages for a new or emerging epidemic is fraught with challenges.

Should We Invest More in Our Young Children?

May 3, 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.

Salvaging Crippled Federal Law in the States?

April 28, 2016

The 2016 legislative sessions in several of the nation’s state houses have considered or will consider bills that deal with the existential imperfections of an important section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 2706, called “Non-discrimination in health care.”

The Older Americans Act in 2016: The Future is Now

April 26, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 the Older Americans Act (OAA) was reauthorized for three years – an important bipartisan accomplishment.

'Innovation Center' Tries to Reinvent Medicare

April 19, 2016

They work for the government and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It's not because they're spies or nuclear scientists, but because their jobs are so arcane: trying to reinvent Medicare to improve it, and maybe save taxpayers money.

Changing Hearts and Minds to Change the Status Quo

April 14, 2016

In a poignant video released in 2014, Person-Centered Matters, Lon Pinkowitz shared his personal perspective as a caregiver to his father living with dementia.

The Same Old Sad Story: The U.S. Continues to be Unprepared for Potential Public Health Emergencies

April 12, 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.

The Vitality of Collegiate Recovery

April 7, 2016

There has never been a more critical time to support the widespread establishment of collegiate recovery programs (CRPs).

Palliative Care Promotes Quality of Life for those with Advanced Illness

April 5, 2016

Advancements in medicine allow people with chronic and complex conditions to live longer than ever before. But longer life for people who are sick may bring challenges, such as pain, stress, and other symptoms that accompany serious illness.

Translational Medicine: At the Forefront with Novel Stem Cell and MicroRNA Strategies

March 31, 2016

Throughout the globe, the number of elderly individuals continues to increase, with a concomitant rise in life span.

The Uneven Entrance of Nonpharmacologic Approaches as Tools in the Opioid Crisis

March 29, 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.

Men's Health: A Global Problem Hiding in Plain Sight

March 24, 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.

Focus on the Person

March 22, 2016

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed teaching first- and second-year medical students about the art of interviewing patients. While it’s certainly good to give back, it has also been an eye-opening experience.

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