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Fighting Misinformation: The Preprint Sifter

The Preprint Sifter is a new Twitter tool that tracks down Tweets from leading epidemiologists, virologists, public health and other experts who are posting, vetting and verifying COVID-19 related preprint papers.

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Health Systems Archive

The Price of Social Programs

By Kate Raphael In other blog posts, we’ve discussed U.S. health care spending and outcomes. In short, we spend a lot more on medical care than other high-income countries, yet our health outcomes are often worse. We also spend a lot of money on social programs, which have been shown to be associated with improved health outcomes. It makes Continue reading [...]

Social determinants of health in the news

By Austin Frakt Social determinants of health comes up from time to time in health policy news or as the subject of reports from health policy-focused organizations. Here are quotes from four stories or reports that caught my eye recently. 1. Investing in Interventions That Address Non-Medical, Health-Related Social Needs, The National Academies Press, August 2019. Continue reading [...]

Debriefing on Detroit

By Austin Frakt The Drivers of Health meeting in Detroit on September 11 focused on the research and research gaps in the connection between health and housing (presented by Roshanak Mehdipanah of the University of Michigan) and education (presented by Adriana Lleras-Muney of UCLA). The meeting wrapped up with a panel discussion including those two scholars and Robert Gordon, Director Continue reading [...]

PEPFAR and Health Systems Transformation in Nigeria

By Prosper Okonkwo, Research Associate in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health HIV diagnosis in Sub Saharan Africa in the nineties and early 2000s was literally a death sentence. In this post, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo looks at how treatment for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has changed since the Continue reading [...]

Plant-Based Diets and Mortality

By Kate Raphael In one of his recent Health Care Triage videos, Aaron Carroll calls attention to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that supposedly tells us something new about plant-based diets and health. In this study, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality were the primary outcomes measured, and the authors found that Continue reading [...]

Addressing social needs requires good evidence

By Austin Frakt As I read more of the social determinants of health-related literature, I’m noticing a frequent theme: we don’t have enough information to guide decision making. For example, Kali Thomas and colleagues interviewed representatives from 17 Medicare Advantage plans (collectively capturing 65 percent of the Medicare Advantage market) about the importance of addressing social determinants Continue reading [...]

How Can We Achieve Effective Universal Health Coverage?

HGHI And BMJ Release Collection of Articles Exploring Barriers to UHC  Universal health coverage (UHC) is priority on the global health agenda. Yet simply prioritizing UHC without answering fundamental underlying questions will lead to the inefficient use of scare resources and little improvement in health and wellbeing. In response, the Harvard Global Health Institute and Continue reading [...]

Rethinking Regulations: Smarter Investments in Social Needs

The following is an interview with Len M. Nichols, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, Professor of Health Policy, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University. Austin Frakt: What do you think are the top three most important health-related social needs? Len Nichols: The top three health-related social needs are housing, Continue reading [...]