Health Policy

  • Interesting Article From NIH’s Dr. Francis Collins About the Importance of Basic Science Research

    My colleague and friend, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, co-authored a letter in Science confirming NIH’s continued support of basic research. The letter explains that the pursuit of fundamental knowledge is essential for the achievement of medical advances, and in turn, a healthier future. Please take the time to read the Letter titled, […]
  • National Academies of Medicine Report on End of Life Care … Making the Right Decisions

    The National Academies of Medicine (formerly, the Institute of Medicine) released a consensus report, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life“, which provides relevant findings from  committee experts who concluded that “improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through […]
  • POLITICO Highlights America’s Health Rankings – Spotlight: Prevention Report

    I thought I’d share a brief article on Politico, which highlighted the release of America’s Health Rankings – Spotlight: Prevention Report: OUT TODAY: STATE RANKINGS ON PREVENTIVE CARE. The report, the first in a new series of America’s Health Rankings that will go deeper on discrete state-by-state outcomes, drilling down on differences in access, immunizations and disease prevention. And unsurprisingly, […]
  • I’m Excited to Share the America’s Health Rankings – Spotlight: Prevention Report With All of You!

    I am excited to share with you the new 2016 America’s Health Rankings® Spotlight: Prevention sponsored by United Heath Foundation, which was released in partnership with the American College of Preventive Medicine. The Report takes an in-depth look at preventive measures across all 50 states through the lenses of health care access, immunizations and chronic disease prevention. The objective is to drive […]
  • Research!America and I Applaud the Confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner

    I am very excited that my friend and colleague, Robert Califf, MD, has now been confirmed as the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I fully support the following Statement by Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, especially because of the significance of this appointment for advancing biomedical, translational and health services research:   Statement by Research!America […]
  • Exciting News: The ADA, AMA, CDC and Ad Council Join Forces to Fight Type 2 Diabetes!

    Recently, the American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council joined forces to fight one of our Nation’s biggest public health crises today: the increasing incidence of Type 2 Diabetes.  In their news release, First-of-its-Kind PSA Campaign Targets the 86 Million American Adults with Prediabetes, the organizations touch on the fact the campaign was developed […]
  • I Applaud The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Applauding Hawaii For Implementing First Statewide 21 Law

    We’ve made a lot of progress in the past 25 years in reducing tobacco consumption. The good news is that the prevalence of smoking for adults has decreased over this time period from 29.5% to 18.1%. The bad news is that 18.1% of the adult population continues to smoke. As such, we need to really support initiatives that will stop […]
  • Community Health Planners And Others May Be Interested In My RWJF Blog Posting … “Rebuilding Healthier and More Resilient Communities Together”

    I recently contributed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog, “Culture of Health” and I wanted to share with you the article I authored titled “Rebuilding Healthier and More Resilient Communities Together”. Relatedly, you can also view the First Friday Google+ Hangout titled “From Preparation to Recovery: A Focus on Health”, that I participated in on December 4th . In the video, […]
  • Just Released: United Health Foundation’s 26th Edition of America’s Health Rankings Annual Report

    The United Health Foundation, for which I serve as the external senior medical adviser, in partnership with the American Public Health Association, just released the 26th America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. According to the report, Americans are making meaningful progress on key health metrics including smoking less and leading less sedentary lifestyles, but rising rates […]
  • Join Me at RWJF’s First Friday Google+ Hangout on December 4th!

    I am honored to be invited to participate with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a First Friday Google+ Hangout on Friday, December 4th, from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm EST, titled “From Preparation to Recovery: A Focus on Health” to learn how communities can engage in cross-sector collaboration to incorporate health into disaster planning and recovery. Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, […]