The Health of Complex Human Populations

Health care and public health are finding common—but conflicted—ground in population health. Current discussions in the two fields are collecting a large and growing set of tools, but with little clarity about which are appropriate for exactly what kind of work. Furthermore, neither field provides a clear explanation about how to manage this work within […]

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ReThink Health Financing Podcast Series: The Potential

Miriam Laugesen, professor of health policy at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, discusses New Zealand’s health system and the lessons it may hold for transforming the U.S. system in this 20-minute podcast. New Zealand’s national health system incentivizes district-level payers and local providers to take a much broader, more preventive approach to health […]

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A Multi-Issue Prevention Model for Reducing Government Spending While Benefiting Society

The Prevention Project and the National Priorities Project explore investment in prevention strategies ranging from health care to criminal justice to national defense. View the Resource Scott T, Kramer M, Wollman N. A Multi-Issue Prevention Model for Reducing Government Spending While Benefiting Society. 2013. https://www.nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2013/multi-issue-prevention-model-benefiting-society-while-reducing-government-spendi/

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The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less

In this book authors Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor seek to answer why the United States spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. View the Resource Bradley, Elizabeth and Taylor, Lauren A. The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. New York: PublicAffairs, […]

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U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

This report from the Institute of Medicine explores the discrepancy between relatively-high U.S. health spending and worse health outcomes, when compared to other high-income countries. There is great potential to reexamine the types of and relative proportions of U.S. health spending, if the public better understands that we are not getting better health outcomes by […]

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How Can We Save American Healthcare

An interview with the authors of the book The American Healthcare Paradox review their findings that call for a health system strategy that integrates social and medical services into a cohesive approach with the goal of supporting good health by investing in education, housing, employment, and the larger social contexts that lead to increased health […]

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