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Movember and the Global Health & Wellbeing Survey

November 18, 2015

Inequity is not something that comes to mind often when we think about men.

The Pre-existing Condition: Innovative Solutions to America’s Thorniest Healthcare Challenge

November 17, 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is an intrusive, expensive, mechanistic device for expanding the number of people with insurance cards rather than for the more important goal of bringing better care to more people at lower cost year after year.

For Veterans Community Action Teams, Every Day Is Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

Each year, the nation pauses for one day in November to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have worn the uniform.

California’s Duals Demonstration: Listening to Voices That Count the Most

November 10, 2015

California is among a dozen states participating in the national demonstration to improve care for people with serious chronic illnesses and functional limitations who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Integrative Healthcare: Value Ready in 2016?

November 3, 2015

The advances made across the archipelago of integrative health and medicine disciplines in 2015 continue to be significant.

Policy Changes for Healthier Early Child Care and Afterschool Programs

October 29, 2015

Every day, millions of U.S. children spend time in before- and afterschool care or early child care.

Thousands Convene to Face Addiction and Make Recovery Visible

October 27, 2015

On October 4, 2015, tens of thousands of individuals congregated on the grounds of the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital under the auspices of UNITE to Face Addiction.

Breaking Through Health Information Exchange Barriers in Behavioral Health

October 22, 2015

Despite the growing significance of electronic health record systems and the exchange of electronic patient information through health information exchanges, there are still some providers that have been slow to adopt these important technologies.

Health Education Specialists: A Secret Weapon in the ACA Health Workforce

October 20, 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.

SNAP Incentives: A Win for Rural Communities

October 15, 2015

While much has been written about so called “food deserts” and the connections among poverty, low food access, and high rates of chronic disease, most studies and projects have been conducted in big cities.

Another Rung on the Ladder Toward Achieving a High-Performing Health Care System: To Be or Not to Be?

October 13, 2015

Does the word “learning” being associated with a health care system cause concern?

SNAP Incentives in Farmers Markets: The Double Up Food Bucks Consumer Experience

October 6, 2015

Too many Americans suffer from debilitating chronic health conditions, and Michiganders are no exception: More than 31 percent of the state’s adults are obese, 1 in 10 has diabetes, and the state’s heart disease rate is one of the highest in the country.

Don’t Accept Medical Errors as the Standard of Care for Frail Elders

October 1, 2015

The litany of catastrophes that occur in our poorly organized medical care system—preventable, avoidable suffering—is overwhelming. So far, though, no one is listening.

Recovery at the White House—Young and in Recovery

September 29, 2015

As one of the many celebrations of recovery from behavioral health challenges being held throughout the nation, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli hosted a White House chat focused on three young adults in recovery.

DC Calls it Quits

September 24, 2015

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, taking more than 480,000 lives annually.

Nurses Helping Employers Create Safe and Productive Workplaces

September 22, 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.

When Nothing Works

September 17, 2015

Working in a big emergency room as part of a team that tries to intercept unnecessary hospital admissions of frail elderly people, I seem to find there are fewer elderly people who call an ambulance themselves and are brought to the emergency room, than elderly people who turn up because somebody else thinks they should be there.

Why Cooking Matters

September 15, 2015

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.

Sparking, Spreading, and Sustaining Innovation

September 10, 2015

Health funders pride themselves on being champions of innovation.