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HIV and the Caribbean-American Community: Can it be Irie Here, Too?

HIV and the Caribbean-American Community: Can it be Irie Here, Too?

Another National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has passed. Did you notice? I did. And as a Haitian-American, I was excited to learn that the Caribbean region has the sharpest declines in the number of new HIV infections worldwide since 2001, with a drop of more than 42% according to UNAIDS. Between 2001 and 2011, ...

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The Future is Digital: Health in the Information Age

The Future is Digital: Health in the Information Age

If you’ve been to the doctor’s office recently, you may have seen signs in the waiting room announcing the arrival of a new electronic health records system and explaining that the office is in the process of transitioning its records. Technology is transforming our lives – from the way we communicate with each other ...

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Take Control, Take the Test, Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS

Take Control, Take the Test, Turn the Tide of HIV/AIDS

National HIV Testing Day (June 27th) is upon us and although we have made giant leaps against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States in the last 30 years, there is more we can do to drive incidence rates down to zero. People in their 20s and 30s hardly remember the beginning of the ...

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Taking Care of Your Health: How About a Badge for That?

Taking Care of Your Health: How About a Badge for That?

The Nike+ Fuelband leverages behavior change science and social media. Imagine you’ve done the seemingly impossible: followed your doctor’s advice to lose weight, quit smoking or lower your blood sugar through diet and exercise. Hopefully, your good health is its own reward, but for many of us (meaning, pretty much everyone you know), keeping ...

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From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

Health workers in India demonstrate how the anti-shock garment can be used to control postpartum hemorrhage. Photo courtesy of Pathfinder International. The maker of wetsuits and founder of Body Glove died last week – Bob Meistrell. Could he have ever imagined that the newfangled gear he developed in the 1950s for surfers and scuba ...

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Putting “Men” Back in “Women’s Health”

Putting “Men” Back in “Women’s Health”

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Mark Garten Just as it does every year, this Father’s Day brought with it increased attention on the important and irreplaceable role that dads play in our lives: they are nurturers, teachers, providers, comforters, disciplinarians, moral guides and sources of inspiration. But in addition to the existing and emerging responsibilities ...

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Let’s End the Freshman 15: Expanding Healthy Choices in College

Let’s End the Freshman 15: Expanding Healthy Choices in College

Three cheers for Spelman College in Atlanta for dropping its expensive athletic program serving relatively few and instead focusing on a fitness effort serving many, if not all, students. Other colleges should follow Spelman’s lead. Spelman calculated that it was spending close to a million dollars a year supporting various Division III teams that ...

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There’s an App for That: Increasing Patient Engagement to Improve Health

There’s an App for That: Increasing Patient Engagement to Improve Health

Connect & Coach links supermarket-based dietitians with customers who want to improve their eating habits, particularly those living with diabetes. There are a number of exciting new technologies that make it easier for consumers to manage their health. But there is a dearth of products that engage people who need more of a push ...

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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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