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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.
Perspectives come in two forms: commentaries, or brief, op-ed-style opinion pieces; and discussion papers, lengthier peer-reviewed articles that present research, summarize literature, report on field activities, or consider approaches to progress. Authors are not paid, and submissions must be invited by the NAM.
Perspectives are intended to advance the field by spotlighting innovative ideas; sharing information, expertise, and best practices; and promoting dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders. They are frequently cited in media; referenced in academic publications; used as background documents for meetings; adopted in course materials or organizational toolkits; and used as position statements by stakeholder groups, among other outcomes. They are the #1 driver of traffic to NAM.edu.
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Childhood obesity, a serious and urgent public health problem, affects 17 percent of children in the United States, almost a third of whom have severe obesity defined as an age and sex-specific body mass index above the 99th percentile on the 2000 Centers for ...
Authors: Ihuoma Eneli, Susan J. Woolford, Sandra Hassink
April 30, 2015
The first round of awards in the State Innovation Models (SIMs) Initiative by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created a wave of excitement and a sense of opportunity knocking. We previously wrote that “we believe that the SIMs developed ...
Authors: James A. Hester, John Auerbach, Debbie I. Chang, Sanne Magnan, Judith Monroe
Tags: Public Health
April 16, 2015
Community Health Needs Assessments? Aligning the Interests of Public Health and the Health Care Delivery System to Improve Population Health
Recognizing the challenges of improving health outcomes depends on a complex set of factors, many beyond the control of the health care system, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stresses the importance of population health measurement to ens ...
Authors: Michael A. Stoto, Colleen Ryan Smith
April 09, 2015
Public support is increasing for the investment in pre-kindergarten (pre-K) education for 3- and 4-year-olds. If physical activity is going to be an integral part of pre-K education, changes are needed in the training of early childhood educators and in the p ...
Authors: Robert C. Whitaker, Jeffrey S. Gehris
Tags: Mental Health
April 06, 2015
Latino health is increasingly synonymous with the future of U.S. health, yet the nation’s largest and still-growing minority group continues to live in communities with reduced access to health-promoting resources and safe, pedestrian-friendly built environmen ...
Authors: Rebecca T. Adeigbe, Amelie G. Ramirez
Tags: Food and Nutrition
April 06, 2015
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