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Preventing Misconception: The Debate Between “Family Planning” vs. “Contraception” (Full Responses)

Tara Culp-Ressler, Health Editor, ThinkProgress “Family planning” can work well as a starting point to discuss reproductive health resources in some areas of the world where modern birth control is stigmatized, and where communities lack the resources to effectively promote maternal health. But using it as a blanket term for contraceptive use as a whole can obscure some of ...

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Q&A with Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter: Innovation and Access – Ways to Sustain and Improve Health Outcomes

Q&A with Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter: Innovation and Access – Ways to Sustain and Improve Health Outcomes

Global Health Progress and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) recently hosted an online conversation with Eli Lilly Chairman, President and CEO John C. Lechleiter on the promise of medical innovation for global health. Rabin Martin’s Senior Partner Jeff Sturchio contributed to the discussion with the following question:   Dr. Jeff ...

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Scaling Up Community Health Workers – Get On With It

Scaling Up Community Health Workers – Get On With It

By Samantha Kumar and Terri Jackson As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) transforms and reconfigures the health care system, we are all taking stock. Individuals are responding to changes in coverage and investigating new insurance options. Grumbling discontent is emerging as costs are increasing for some and the future benefits of these reforms are ...

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Patient Activation – The New Vital Sign?

Patient Activation – The New Vital Sign?

Imagine walking into your doctor’s office and filling out a short survey that measures your knowledge, skills, willingness and confidence in managing your health and health care. Unlike the questions on your standard intake form, this survey asks you how much you agree or disagree with statements such as, “I am confident I can ...

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Ideology Over the ACA Keeps Some Health Insurance Coverage Gaps Open

Ideology Over the ACA Keeps Some Health Insurance Coverage Gaps Open

By Samantha Kumar and Terri Jackson The ideological rift over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought the U.S. federal government to a standstill for more than two weeks. Despite the stalemate, the 16 days also brought memorable moments including a Jimmy Kimmel segment interviewing Americans that thought that the ACA and Obamacare were different ...

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Electronic Health Record Design for Real Humans – Like My Grandmother

Electronic Health Record Design for Real Humans – Like My Grandmother

The winner of the Health Design Challenge to develop more user-centered electronic health records. Like 18.8 million Americans, my grandma has diabetes. Recently, her blood sugar fell to dangerous levels, and she was taken to the ER. The ER doctor needed to know details of her medications, but this information wasn’t on her chart. ...

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Evidence Beyond Anecdotes for Community Health Workers in the U.S.

Evidence Beyond Anecdotes for Community Health Workers in the U.S.

By Samantha Kumar and Terri Jackson Oregon’s Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) are well-known for the air-conditioner story:  a community health worker (CHW) acquired a $200 air-conditioning unit for a 90-year-old woman with congestive heart failure and prevented a $50,000 hospital admission, which saved the state $48,800. The state’s 15 CCOs focus on accountable ...

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Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler spoke at last year’s Shine the Light on Domestic Violence event in Times Square. Photo credit: Donna Aceto/courtesy of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. By the time you finish reading this sentence a woman somewhere in the United States has just been assaulted ...

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NIH Funding, Cancer and the Government Shutdown

NIH Funding, Cancer and the Government Shutdown

Photo courtesy of DigiDreamGrafix.com My cousin has cancer. She was diagnosed when she was 12 – she’s now 23 – and her doctors have not yet beaten her cancer into remission. She has tried every experimental treatment on the market as well as many no longer available, and so far nothing has worked. The ...

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The Well-Woman Visit: Women’s Health and the ACA

The Well-Woman Visit: Women’s Health and the ACA

By Caitlin Williams and Dana Huber The ACA creates an unprecedented opportunity to improve women’s health by changing the way women’s health care is paid for. For the first time, the well-woman visit (a once-yearly checkup) must be provided with no cost-sharing. This means that American women now have access to one yearly doctor’s visit that does ...

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HIV Criminalization vs. Prevention

HIV Criminalization vs. Prevention

By Sophia Davis Should it be illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status? In many states, it is. Prevention, testing and treatment are more viable options than prosecution to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In order to really end AIDS we must stop criminalizing people living with HIV. A man with ...

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Save Lives: Embrace Health Literacy

Save Lives: Embrace Health Literacy

By Karina Cabanillas and Meg Jones While the U.S. boasts a 99% literacy rate for people older than 15, only 12% of adults are considered to have a proficient level of health literacy – making it difficult for many Americans to make informed decisions about their health, and costing the U.S. billions annually. On ...

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Games for Health – Can Be Game Changers

Games for Health – Can Be Game Changers

Bridge2care.com integrates patient-provider simulations using video and game mechanics to create an immersive, fun experience to enhance training and motivate participation.  Video games are everywhere and they are not just for entertainment anymore. Serious (or applied) games are increasingly being used as tools to engage, inform and evaluate audiences across disciplines, including in the health sector. Considering ...

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A Sport on the Rise, Its Players’ Brains on the Decline

A Sport on the Rise, Its Players’ Brains on the Decline

Last week should have been one of the most exciting weeks of the summer for football fans – indeed, for all sports fans: the NFL is nearly back! It’s the final week of the preseason and it’s prime time for fantasy football drafts. You could almost taste the wings and beer less than two weeks around the corner. But this anticipation-filled atmosphere ...

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Profit in Maternal and Child Health: A Four-Letter Word?

Profit in Maternal and Child Health: A Four-Letter Word?

The Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project works with for-profit and nonprofit entities to improve health outcomes. In Ghana, for instance, SHOPS trained licensed chemical sellers in the use of zinc as a treatment for pediatric diarrhea. Photo by Abt Associates/Jessica Scranton. As the world approaches 2015, when the Millennium Development ...

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Ethics of Informed Consent and the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

Ethics of Informed Consent and the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks. Most people have never heard of Henrietta Lacks. Yet, for more than 60 years, her cells have been used to help save countless lives. Henrietta’s cells (more commonly known as HeLa cells), were taken without her consent when she was being treated for cervical cancer and were considered to be immortal; unlike ...

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