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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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Health care and public health are finding common—but conflicted—ground in population health. Current discussions in the two fields are collecting a large and growing set of tools, but with little clarity about which are appropriate for exactly what kind of wor ...
Authors: Gary Gunderson, Teresa Cutts, and James Cochrane
October 15, 2015
Second Annual DC Public Health Case Challenge: Supporting Adult Involvement in Adolescent Health and Education
In 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held the second annual District of Columbia (DC) Public Health Case Challenge. The IOM collaborated with faculty and students from Georgetown University to develop this competition, which had its inaugural year in 2013 ...
Authors: Amy Geller, Sarah Baden, Holly Berkley, Viraj Bhatt, Emilie Biondokin, Leah Broadhurst, Mamta Chaudhari, Cameron Clarke, Ayramana Correa, Chandani Desai, Sandy Fulkerson Schaeffer, Jolynn Gardner, Carrie Gillispie, Morgan Harvey, Caitlin Ingraham, Demi Lewis, Atila Libutsi, William Patrick Luan, Samuel McAleese, Courtney Middlebrook, Asad Moten, Sara Mullery, Kalpana Parvathaneni, Adria Peterkin, Nathan Praschan, Erin Prendergast, Uneeb Qureshi, Hannah Risheq, Neil Shelat, Brandon Shumway, Kristin Wertin, and Sophie Yang
October 14, 2015
Beyond Translation: Promoting a New National Standard for Equity in Health Materials Translated from English
As of 2011, 25.3 million people in the United States had limited English proficiency (LEP). This number includes people born outside and inside the United States (Zong and Batalova, 2015). Spanish is the most spoken language in the United States after English, ...
Authors: Lorena Sprager and Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.
September 25, 2015
Despite a rigorous approval process, there is always uncertainty about newly approved drugs: will the benefits observed in initial approval studies hold up over time? Will side effects emerge? Uncertainty is amplified when drugs receive accelerated approval b ...
Authors: Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin
September 11, 2015
Dose Matters describes the concept of “population dose”—an approach to strengthening and evaluating the impact of complex multisector, multilevel, place-based initiatives. This discussion paper reports on what is promising about the approach while recognizing ...
Authors: Pamela Schwartz, Suzanne Rauzon, and Allen Cheadle
August 26, 2015
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