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VA health system is a ‘living reflection’ of our history

VA health system is a ‘living reflection’ of our history

November 11, 2016

Harvard Global Health Institute's Faculty Director, Dr. Ashish Jha's reflections on his work with the VA. He writes: "The VA, or the Department of Veterans Affairs as it is officially known, is the branch of the US government responsible for serving those who have served our nation in the armed forces. In that role, it’s one of the largest health care providers in the nation.

Ebola pandemic shows that cities, not nations, should lead on public health

Ebola pandemic shows that cities, not nations, should lead on public health

September 22, 2016

"It’s time to consider cities as the central organizing principle for protecting human health", says Dr. Ashish Jha, in a recent op-ed in the South China Morning Post. Dr. Jha is the Director of Harvard Global Health Institute. This piece is based on his remarks at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum in Hong Kong on September 22, 2016.

Read the full op-ed here.

Harvard Global Health Institute Awards Three Burke Global Health Fellowships

Harvard Global Health Institute Awards Three Burke Global Health Fellowships

September 1, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. – Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) has announced three Burke Global Health Fellowships for 2016. The Fellowships, made possible by Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB ’79, and her husband T. Robert Burke, support Harvard junior faculty members engaged in global health research and training in the early stages of their careers.

The 2016 Burke Global Health Fellows are:

Margaret Bourdeaux, MD, MPH

Lessons from Ebola and Zika: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Lessons from Ebola and Zika: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

August 22, 2016

The Harvard Global Health Institute hosted Ron Klain (full bio here), former White House Ebola Response Coordinator for an event on August 22, 2016. In a panel with Dr. Ashish K. Jha, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mr. Klain talked about his work during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak and the lessons that must be learned in order to prepare for the next pandemic.  The panel was moderated by Helen Branswell, infectious diseases and public health reporter for STAT. 

Watch webcast of the event here

Insights into Action Workshop

Insights into Action Workshop

June 24, 2016

The Insights into Action workshop took place June 13, 2016 bringing together leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and government organizations to openly discuss solutions to challenges of delivery and access to medications in low and middle-income countries. Attendees included representatives from Novartis, Gilead, and Johnson & Johnson; professors from Harvard Law School and School of Public Health; and government officials involved in global health and health policy.

Funding, trust, and the 69th World Health Assembly

Funding, trust, and the 69th World Health Assembly

June 6, 2016

Ashish Jha and Liana Woskie of the Harvard Global Health Institute recently published a BMJ blog, reviewing the outcomes and continued challenges facing the World Health Organization (WHO) as delineated at the 69th World Health Assembly. The assembly was successful in passing resolutions on pressing topics in global health such as reducing traffic accidents, improving nutrition, and promoting patient centered care, yet readiness and response to pandemics remains a looming challenge.  

NYT: Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

NYT: Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive

June 5, 2016

Increasing use of technology aims to improve productivity and efficiency in healthcare, but many physicians and hospitals have divided opinions regarding the adoption of electronic health records. Transitioning to the new technology has required more time from health care workers and  has yet to show gains in productivity. At least not yet. To mitigate these initial effects of the transition, Congress has issued incentive payments and subsidies to accelerate the adoption, with the firm belief that electronic records will reduce costs and improve care.