In the wake of the #MeToo movement and other social justice campaigns, the use of trauma-informed care is growing. From asking personal questions in a sensitive manner to making sure to consider a patient’s whole history, teaching hospitals and medical schools are incorporating tenets of the approach into many forms of care.
ADAPTABLE is among the hundreds of research-related projects made possible through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, more commonly known as PCORI. As a significant supporter of comparative effectiveness research (CER), PCORI fills a gap in clinical research with its spotlight on research that evaluates two or more health care interventions and strategies while also integrating patient perspectives throughout the process.
Environmental health services, from asthma home visiting programs to lead testing, can help protect children from the dangerous environmental exposures they encounter every day. But the problem for parents and caregivers is accessing such services, a new analysis from APHA’s Center for Public Health Policy shows.
American life expectancy continues to decline, with high mortality rates largely fueled by suicide and drug overdoses — both growing public health crises that reflect deficiencies across many social determinants of health.
Public health is tackling disparities in asthma severity and management by going to the source. Home visits, in which community health workers come to people’s homes to assess potential asthma triggers and offer holistic solutions to illness, can be especially beneficial to low-income families who may lack the resources and support to make their homes conducive to easy breathing.
A community that promotes health equity provides adequate modes of transportation for all users. Pedestrians, public transit riders, bicyclists and others can all get around safely and easily in such an environment. A “complete streets” approach ensures that such mobility conditions are met, making for more liveable communities.
As the national conversation on sexual violence amplifies, the public has become more aware of the scope of the problem and its detrimental toll on survivors.
While recent discussion has largely focused on issues of consent and accountability, it has also opened the door to envisioning a culture in which sexual violence is not committed in the first place — a goal that can be worked toward through principles of public health.
Navigators continue working to get people insured, despite cuts: Attacks on ACA spur enrollment concerns
Under the Affordable Care Act, health care navigators were established to provide no-cost education, outreach and assistance to people seeking to enroll in the insurance marketplace and other government-sponsored health plans. Federal funding for navigator programs was cut by 43 percent in 2017, putting strain on programs that guide people through the enrollment process.
With rates of homelessness going up, the housing first model has gained momentum among public health and homelessness advocates as a solution to the crisis.
Wanted: 1 million people to help transform precision medicine: All of Us program open for enrollment
The National Institutes of Health is working to transform the status quo in biomedical research with the All of Us Research Program, an ambitious venture to enroll at least 1 million U.S. adults in the largest precision medicine initiative to date.
Q&A with Surgeon General Jerome Adams: Gaining better health through better partnerships: Report to highlight links between US health, economy
Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, in September was sworn in as the 20th surgeon general of the United States. As the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Adams is tasked with promoting and advancing the country’s public health priorities. He previously served as the state health commissioner in Indiana, where he dealt with an opioid epidemic and HIV outbreak. The Nation’s Health spoke with Adams about what he plans to accomplish in his role.
In 2017, police shot and killed almost 1,000 people in the U.S., according to a tracking project from The Washington Post. Julia Haskins, reporter for The Nation’s Health newspaper, interviews Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, about the problem of police violence in the U.S., and how it affects the health of the public.
Thanks to a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association that was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts in public health and planning across the country now have a deeper understanding of how each side plays a role in creating healthy communities.
Q&A with new HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir: Health for all, by all and in all: New head of Commissioned Corps calls for changes to service
In February, Brett Giroir, MD, was sworn in as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Nation’s Health spoke to the new leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps about his goals in the position as well as preparedness and resilience in the midst of national public health crises.