Category Archives: National Healthcare


New Online Resource: “The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources”

The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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New Report on Key Lessons for LGBT Outreach and Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act

This post originally appeared on Out2Enroll. To learn more please visit www.out2enroll.org or contact Katie Keith at katie@out2enroll.org. Katie is a former Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She is currently Director of Research at Trimpa Group and a Steering Committee Member of Out2Enroll. Yesterday, Out2Enroll—a nationwide campaign dedicated to connecting […]

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6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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All Religious Beliefs are Equal, But Some Religious Beliefs are More Equal than Others

Last Monday, five justices of the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The basic outline of the case was already briefly discussed on this blog as well as in many many other locations.  In short, Hobby Lobby (and others) sued Health and Human Services (HHS) over the contraception mandate […]

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The Supreme Court Deals a Blow to the Affordable Care Act and Access to Contraceptives

This morning the Supreme Court handed down its most anticipated decision of the term.Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, et al. dealt with the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to the contraceptive mandate established under regulations promulgated by HHS under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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Public health in our backyard: How would DC rank if it were a country?

Those of us who work in global health too often forget about the burden of disease much closer to home. In an attempt to remind us of our own public health crises, this post will examine the public health landscape of the District of Columbia (home of the O’Neill Institute), asking the question: how would DC rank […]

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The ACA: Towards “A State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being”

“Advancing the health of our nations is a fundamental commitment we make to all our people,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius in representation of the Americas before the World Health Assembly in May 2013. She then added, “[a]s President Obama recently reminded us, access to health care is ‘not some […]

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