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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Fathers Play a Key Role in Breastfeeding Success

April 22, 2014

I heard recently about a husband who was unable to join his wife at a birthing class on breastfeeding because the other women in the class didn’t want a man in their midst.

Can We Create a Passionate Commitment to Truly Create Value in the U.S. Health Care System?

April 17, 2014

Over the past 20 years working as a health economist, I have observed little true commitment to reducing health care expenditures and costs in the United States.

Your Healthcare Wishes Matter, But Does Anyone Know What They Are?

April 16, 2014

If you were in a car crash today or become so sick you could not speak for yourself, would anyone in your family know what you’d want the hospital to do?

Minority Health Month: Committed to Obesity Prevention in the Most At-Risk Populations

April 15, 2014

This Minority Health Month, we should remember disparities among racial and ethnic groups are of particularly great concern.

West Michigan Veterans Coalition: Ready to Serve

April 10, 2014

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition (WMVC) has come a long way since 2009, when six service organizations came together to plan for a local Veterans’ Stand Down.

Play as a Community Builder

April 3, 2014

Having worked with a variety of groups over the years, my experience has led me to believe that there is not a singular path to establishing a sense of community.

Minority Health Month: Taking Action to Improve Health Equity

April 1, 2014

National Minority Health Month is here! Join us as we explore the complex and persistent challenges and solutions surrounding racial and ethnic health disparities in America.

Moving Research-Based Publications into the Digital Era

March 27, 2014

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?

Permission Not To

March 25, 2014

Getting on in a medical career, especially caring for elderly people whose priorities don’t tend to be technically-based or even specific, I sometimes suspect that my value to people if any is sort of symbolic.

Better Protection for Those Helping Medical Research: Declaration of Helsinki Revised

March 20, 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.

The Nation Needs a Super Plan for Defeating Superbugs

March 18, 2014

Since the 1940s, there have been tremendous advancements in infectious disease prevention efforts, vaccinations, antibiotics, and other treatments.

Evolution of the HSA toward Promoting Wellness

March 13, 2014

Last week, my wife posed a question about our health savings account which I had not heard before.

JAMA Focus on Recognizing and Relieving Caregiver Stress

March 12, 2014

Family caregivers make long-term services and supports work, and yet the risks and challenges to their own health and well-being are often unseen or disregarded.

Choice or Restriction: What Makes the Most Sense in Promoting Healthy Eating?

March 11, 2014

There seems to be much discussion these days related to how best to promote healthy eating among low-income populations participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other food assistance programs.

Progress Towards Improving Health: An Update on Altarum’s Mission-Driven Research

March 6, 2014

Altarum’s current phase of mission-driven research and development program was launched in mid-2011, with the launch of our four Centers.

Upstream Interventions, or Staying Out of the Current Entirely

March 4, 2014

I was trying to cleverly stretch the image of moving care interventions “upstream” all the way to the “headwaters of health.”

In the Healthcare Debate, Every Day Is Groundhog Day

February 27, 2014

In America's health care debate, every day starts like every other day.

New Report Reveals a Significant Decline in Obesity Prevalence Among Children Ages 2–5

February 26, 2014

Researchers found a significant decrease in obesity rates among preschool aged children; specifically, 8 percent of children ages 2–5 years were obese in 2011–2012, down from 14 percent in 2003–2004

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Support—Knowing Is Half the Battle

February 25, 2014

Tyrone has post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as shell shock, combat stress, or simply PTSD. PTSD is not necessarily caused by just experiencing traumatic events directly.



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