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The National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives platform extends the National Academies’ convening and advising functions by providing a venue for leading health, medical, science, and policy experts to reflect on issues and opportunities important to the advancement of health, health care, and biomedical science. Perspectives are individually-authored papers that do not reflect consensus positions of the NAM, the National Academies, or the authors’ organizations. They are not reports of the National Academies.
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The Communities That Care Coalition Model for Improving Community Health through Clinical–Community Partnerships: A Population Health Case Report
In rural western Massachusetts, a coalition with members from many sectors of the community has been working for more than a decade to support youth well-being and reduce youth substance abuse. In that time, youth drinking, cigarette smoking, and marijuana use ...
Authors: Jeanette Voas, Katherine Allen, and Ruth Potee
May 06, 2016
Individuals make decisions about health and well-being every day. Many of those decisions involve using and understanding numbers, and most of the decisions are made quickly, at home or at work, as a person goes about a daily routine. Even with adequate time, ...
Authors: Andrew Pleasant, Megan Rooney, Catina O’Leary, Laurie Myers, and Rima Rudd
May 05, 2016
Overweight and obesity, and their negative sequelae, have become the focus of policy makers, business leaders, health care systems, and the general public in the United States and globally. Currently, one in three children and adolescents in the United States ...
May 03, 2016
The fragmented nature of the delivery and financing of health care in the United States, coupled with misdirected incentives dominating the payment structure, has driven national expenditures to be the highest in the world for health outcomes that are, at best ...
Authors: Bruce Bodaken, Richard Bankowitz, Timothy Ferris, Jim Hansen, John Hirshleifer, Scott Kronlund, David Labby, Rick MacCornack, Mark McClellan, and Lewis Sandy
April 21, 2016
In “A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians,” Marc Lalonde, the Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare, concluded that health care does not have the power to fully mitigate the threats posed by unhealthful environments and behaviors. This 1974 r ...
Authors: Thomas E. Kottke, Matt Stiefel, and Nicolaas P. Pronk
April 14, 2016
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