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Web and Other E-Learning Technologies Can Help the U.S. Achieve the Goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Web and Other E-Learning Technologies Can Help the U.S. Achieve the Goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advancing a new, innovative approach to training health care workers – scalable e-learning tools combined with high-impact dissemination strategies. This was recently announced in a new CDC request for applications (RFA), Using Evidence from Science and Community Practice to Develop Web- and other Technology-Based Tools ...

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How Can We Unleash Health Data to Improve Outcomes?

How Can We Unleash Health Data to Improve Outcomes?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps initiative provides an excellent model for presenting data. One of the common themes we heard at Health Datapalooza IV was something we already knew – that open data can represent a tipping point in U.S. health care. But the task remains to make the valuable information ...

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Five Top Innovators in Health Data

Five Top Innovators in Health Data

Health Datapalooza brings together leading minds health and technology to improve outcomes. This week marked Health Datapalooza IV, a conference organized by the Health Data Consortium that brings together data analysts, entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors, medical professionals and representatives from large health care companies to exchange ideas about the future of health data. The ...

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Women Deliver 2013: Insights from Kuala Lumpur

Women Deliver 2013: Insights from Kuala Lumpur

Melinda Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  speaking at the Women Deliver 2013 conference. Photo courtesy of Women Deliver. More than 4,500 delegates from 2,200 organizations and 149 countries descended upon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Women Deliver 2013. From May 28-30, members of the Rabin Martin team joined global health luminaries and ...

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#WD2013: When the Arc of Twitter Bends Towards Women

#WD2013: When the Arc of Twitter Bends Towards Women

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, addressing the conference. Photo courtesy of Women Deliver. If you found yourself monitoring the Twittersphere last week, you likely came across the hashtag #WD2013, which was officially “trending” from May 28 – 30. This was, of course, an effort to celebrate Women Deliver 2013 – an unprecedented global conference ...

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Women’s Empowerment: The Linchpin in Global Health and Development

Women’s Empowerment: The Linchpin in Global Health and Development

Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, addressing the audience. Photo courtesy of Women Deliver 2013. “Women’s rights are human rights.” Hillary Clinton first said these words in 1995 at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Bejing. We heard them again on the last day of Women Deliver 2013. Are we replaying ...

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The 66th World Health Assembly: United for a Healthier World

The 66th World Health Assembly: United for a Healthier World

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the 66th World Health Assembly. Photo courtesy of WHO/Pierre Albouy. After a busy seven days, 24 resolutions were passed and five decisions were made at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.  Representatives from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 194 member ...

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World No-Tobacco Day: Smoking on the Rise

World No-Tobacco Day: Smoking on the Rise

A man smoking, Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy of WHO/T. O’Leary. By Jeffrey L. Sturchio and Derek Yach Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death, killing one out of 10 people worldwide. Yet there are 1.3 billion smokers around the world. If smoking prevalence were reduced by 20-25 percent, we could prevent 100 million premature deaths by 2020. ...

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What We’ve Heard and Learned at Women Deliver

What We’ve Heard and Learned at Women Deliver

Melinda Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  speaking at the Women Deliver 2013 conference. Photo courtesy of Women Deliver. Founder and President of Women Deliver Jill Sheffield opened the third annual Women Deliver conference with the bold claim that the things we say, do and learn over the next three ...

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On the Road to Women Deliver 2013

On the Road to Women Deliver 2013

En route to the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rabin Martin Director Whitney Sogol and Associate Adam Lewis discuss what they are looking forward to learning.  Adam Lewis: Wow, Women Deliver is finally here! Whitney Sogol: Do you realize that this is going to be the largest conference focused on women’s ...

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What is the Just Price for Modern Cancer Drugs?

What is the Just Price for Modern Cancer Drugs?

Dr. Brian Drucker, the researcher who in the 1990’s identified imatinib’s potential and begged Novartis to develop it, was a co-signer of the recent Blood article on cancer drug prices. That’s the question which continues to reverberate from the recent week article in the hematology journal Blood rejecting the high prices of treatments for CML (chronic myeloid leukemia), in ...

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From Latin America to Africa, Immunization Goes Viral

From Latin America to Africa, Immunization Goes Viral

A woman and her child in La Paz, Bolivia during the 2011 Vaccination Week in the Americas. Photo courtesy of PAHO This week is World Immunization Week, a global effort to highlight the importance of immunization as a life-saving intervention that guards against preventable diseases such as diphtheria, polio, pertussis and tetanus. This effort was ...

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Adult Obesity: Lost Cause or Opportunity?

Adult Obesity: Lost Cause or Opportunity?

The problems associated with being overweight or obese continue to be in the news nearly everywhere you look. Often the focus is on childhood obesity. The thought is that perhaps with the proper education about the dangers of obesity early in life, we can make a difference in the next generation in a way ...

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Mothers: The Women Behind Today’s ‘Women in the World’

Mothers: The Women Behind Today’s ‘Women in the World’

“We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance.” This quote from Hillary Clinton at the 2013 Newsweek/Daily Beast Women in the World summit certainly captured the theme of the conference. Of course, by “we,” the former Secretary of State ...

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Prepare for Emergencies: Strengthen Primary Care

Prepare for Emergencies: Strengthen Primary Care

Primary care forms the foundation of all health systems. Without it, communities are less able to respond to humanitarian emergencies, such as those posed by climate change. At the 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit panel on health, speakers highlighted the need to strengthen basic health services to better protect the health of communities when ...

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Addressing the Rise of NCDs – Taking a Multi-sectoral Approach

Addressing the Rise of NCDs – Taking a Multi-sectoral Approach

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease – have become a global epidemic. They do not simply affect the industrialized world – 80% of the deaths from these diseases occur in low- and middle-income countries. Collectively NCDs have surpassed infectious diseases as the leading cause of death in ...

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