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HGHI, HU CFAR Host Virtual Grand Rounds on Lessons from HIV for Global Equity During Pandemics

Ongoing global Covid-19 vaccine and therapeutic inequities threaten to prolong and exacerbate the pandemic for all countries. As advocates, academics, and policymakers alike call for the U.S. and other wealthy nations to share these lifesaving resources with the world, it is prudent to consider the lessons learned from the HIV pandemic that can be translated

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Drivers of Health Archive

Health system cost-effectiveness

By Austin Frakt How much value do we obtain per dollar spent on the health system? How has that changed over time? How does it compare across countries? These are tough but important questions. To explore them, this chart is worth close study. It’s an updated version of one that appears in this 2017 Lancet article by Reinhard Busse, Continue reading [...]

Social determinants over time

By Austin Frakt The risks to health faced by Americans long ago are different from those we face today. Some of the things that once killed many people (like poor sanitation) now kill many fewer. On the other hand, we now face new risks (like death from auto accidents) that didn’t exist a century ago. Continue reading [...]

The value of health spending

By Austin Frakt The U.S. is the biggest spender on health care in the world, yet national health outcomes do not reflect this massive investment. This fact forces us to question the value of health care spending: are our health care dollars worth it? We can start by looking at longevity. Studies have found that Continue reading [...]

Social determinant pathways are complex

By Austin Frakt The causal pathways from social determinants of health to health outcomes can be numerous and complex. Though some factors (like smoking) are directly related to health, others (like education or income) relate to health in a variety of indirect ways. These facts are conveyed by the chart below from the WHO’s Global Health Continue reading [...]

What drives health?

By Austin Frakt What drives health? This is the big and challenging question my team and I are facing on a new, one – year project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This website is devoted to this question, and we invite you to engage with us as we explore it. This question is Continue reading [...]