Guest Contributors
Expert voices from around the country address important health care issues.

Amy Berman
Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation. She heads the Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults. more
Date: Jul 24, 2012  •  Topics: Aging | Community Health | Medicare
Altarum Institute has released a report that highlights the Practice Change Fellows Program’s successful efforts to develop change leaders who spread innovations that improve the health of older adults. more

Cong. Earl Blumenauer
US House of Representatives, 3rd District of Oregon
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. more
Date: Jan 18, 2010  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Obesity | Public Health
We all recognize the signs of a livable community: people biking and kids walking safely around their neighborhoods. These are important forms of commuting that also contribute to a community’s vitality. This is especially true for children, who should be able to securely walk and bike to their most important destinations: schools, parks, and their friends’ homes. more
Date: May 27, 2009  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Obesity | Public Health
Last May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution naming May “National Bicycle Month,” giving federal recognition to our most efficient form of transportation. Several months later, the Bicycle Commuter Act was signed into law, enabling bicycle commuters to receive tax-free benefits for their unique contributions reducing traffic congestion and air pollution while improving their own health. more

Jason Bonander
Director, Office of Informatics and Information Resource Management, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jason Bonander is the Director of the Office of Informatics and Information Resource Management for the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Date: Jun 12, 2012  •  Topics: Information Technology | Public Health

The challenges facing the public's health today are as serious as they have ever been. Obesity and diabetes are significant health issues for a large proportion of the U.S.


Cong. Steve Buyer
US House of Representatives, 4th District of Indiana
Rep. Steve Buyer hails from rural Indiana, where he grew up along the banks of the Tippecanoe River. He is a graduate of North White High School in Monon, and a distinguished military graduate with a degree in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. more
Date: Jul 14, 2009  •  Topics: Information Technology | Military & Veterans Health
Two years have passed since a Washington Post article revealed some instances of inadequate treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The resulting public outcry and concern for our nation’s veterans led to a number of investigations and inquiries on what should be done to support wounded service members. more

Bruce Allen Chernof, M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer, The SCAN Foundation
Bruce Allen Chernof, M.D., FACP, currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation whose mission is to advance the development of a sustainable continuum of care for seniors. The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for seniors. more
Date: Jul 10, 2012  •  Topics: Health Reform
It is now time to focus on its robust and effective implementation so that we can all benefit from a care delivery system that puts people, families, and their care needs first. more
Date: Apr 24, 2012  •  Topics: Aging | Chronic Disease

The goal of a more effective and efficient system of care is straightforward—better care at lower costs. The path to that goal has proven far more elusive.

Date: Jan 17, 2012  •  Topics: Aging | Medicare
Although not an easy discussion, it is vital that we know the preferences and choices of loved ones (and they know ours) regarding the kind of support you and those you love expect long before a crisis occurs. more

Vice President and Director of Public Policy, amfAR
Chris Collins is a veteran AIDS advocate who has helped shape HIV/AIDS policy and communications for almost two decades. He was named vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in May of 2009. more
Date: Jul 7, 2009  •  Topics: Health Policy | Public Health
The campaign to create a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NAS) for the United States has been a remarkable success so far. Over the last two years, the concept has won support from hundreds of organizations and more than 1,000 individuals. They all endorsed a Call to Action demanding a more coordinated, accountable, and results-oriented response to AIDS in our country. more

Zack Cooper
Health Economist, London School of Economics
Columnist Zack Cooper is a health economist working at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Zack’s work focuses on the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, incentive structure and payment system design. More broadly, he is interested in using market forces to create effective incentives within the public sector. more
Date: Jan 3, 2012  •  Topics: Hospitals | Medicare
The U.S. hospital sector is one of the largest industries in the United States. It’s a $700 billion dollar industry, and there is twice as much money spent on hospital care than is spent on the purchase of new cars. more
Date: Oct 25, 2011  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
Nearly every developed country is under substantial pressure to slow the growth in health care spending. However, as we have seen, while virtually every country has pledged to spend less, few have been successful. more
Date: Aug 23, 2011  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
The U.S. debt ceiling debate was a master class in political dysfunction. However, in the midst of the political infighting and false debates about the merits of raising revenue versus slashing spending, one firm fiscal fact remained: unless the U.S. can slow the rate of growth in health care spending, we’re going to keep having these paralyzing debt debates time and time again. more

Executive Officer, American Society for Nutrition
John E. Courtney, Ph.D., American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Executive Officer, interacts with the elected Officers of the Society in order to manage the business affairs of the Society and the two scientific journals, maintain a relationship with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), coordinate public affairs activities, and provide support for the selection and scheduling of the scientific program at the annual meeting (Experimental Biology). more
Date: May 3, 2012  •  Topics: Childhood Obesity | Obesity | Public Health

With the rapidly changing economic trends within the United States, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has ballooned recently.

Date: Feb 28, 2012  •  Topics: Childhood Obesity | Chronic Disease | Obesity

Obesity is a rapidly growing concern in the United States—no pun intended.

Date: Jun 1, 2011  •  Topics: Health Reform | Obesity | Public Health
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund to prevent illness and promote the health of all Americans. The Prevention and Public Health Fund (the Fund) will provide $15 billion over the first 10 years and $2 billion each year after to national, state, and community efforts to promote health and wellness. These efforts will help prevent disease, manage conditions before they become epidemics, and decrease burgeoning health care costs. more

Russell Davis, D.P.A., M.A.P.T.
President, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
For close to four decades Dr. Russell Davis has been providing quality health care. Not only did he spearhead the creation of the multi-disciplinary Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the College of Allied Health Professions at Howard University Health Center from 1959 to 1976, he also led the development of a hybrid HMO/Community Health Center located in Kalamazoo, Mich. from 1976 until 1981. more
Date: Oct 12, 2009  •  Topics: Health Disparities | Information Technology
Since 1985, the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities has crept to the center stage of public policy, with a large volume of evidence amassed to demonstrate the presence and impact of these disparities. Today, an overwhelming consensus with respect to research on racial and ethnic health disparities — the existence of disparities and the need to eliminate them — has led some stakeholders to conclude that it is time for a paradigm shift. more

Cong. John D. Dingell
US House of Representatives, 15th District of Michigan
Congressman John D. Dingell represents Michigan’s 15th Congressional District and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, one of five ‘exclusive’ committees in the U.S. House. During the 111th Congress, he has the lead role in crafting national health insurance legislation that goes before this Committee and the House. more
Date: Apr 21, 2009  •  Topics: Health Reform
I believe today we face one of the most important decisions in our Nation’s history—how to address the insolvency of our health care system that threatens to decimate our country’s budget, stability, and overall wellbeing. more

Sydney Dy, M.D.
Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sydney Dy, M.D., is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Physician Leader, Duffey Pain and Palliative Care Program, Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Her interests are in quality of care, safety, and decision-making research, particularly in patients with serious and terminal illness. more
Date: Nov 17, 2009  •  Topics: Aging | Health Reform
Health care reform offers significant opportunities not only to improve the quality of end-of-life care, but to apply the principles of good end-of-life care to improving our health care system. more

Jennifer Ecklund-Johnson
Health Policy Forum Contributing Writer
Jennifer Ecklund-Johnson writes about health care delivery and the impact of health reform on providers for the Health Policy Forum. Ecklund-Johnson has a decade of experience in communications, including health care and corporate communications, public relations, and media relations. more
Date: Nov 30, 2010  •  Topics: Health Reform | Information Technology
Health care providers all over the United States are converting from paper-based health record systems to electronic health records (EHRs). But the transition from paper to electronic records does not come without challenges. more
Date: Oct 26, 2010  •  Topics: Health Policy | Health Reform
Prior to the passage of health reform legislation, the U.S. health care system was already anticipating a shortage of primary care physicians as older physicians retired and fewer medical students appeared ready to take their place. Now, with the potential influx of millions of newly insured patients in 2014 when the full effects of health reform take effect, this potential shortage has become more urgent than ever. more
Date: Sep 28, 2010  •  Topics: Health Reform | Public Health
In the midst of health reform, there continues to be uncertainty amongst legislators, the general public, and the health care community about how health reform legislation will affect the actual delivery of health care. One category of health care providers that is expected to face some of the biggest challenges related to health reform is the safety net health clinics. more

Robert Graboyes
Senior Fellow for Health and Economics, National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation
Robert F. Graboyes, Ph.D., is Senior Fellow for Health and Economics at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Foundation. Bob also teaches health economics in master’s and doctoral programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, and George Mason University. Previously, as Chase Manhattan Bank’s economist for sub-Saharan Africa, he traveled extensively in Africa and Europe. more
Date: Jun 19, 2012  •  Topics: Health Reform

The long process of health care reform will begin the day after the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the case of NFIB v Sebelius.

Date: Apr 3, 2012  •  Topics: Health Policy | Health Reform

For small business, the 2010 health reform law means higher costs, more red-tape and fewer choices.

Date: Feb 16, 2012  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform | Insurance

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has a thousand pages of moving parts, and the relatively few that have rolled out are shedding sprockets across the landscape.


Patti Hauser
WIC Program Director, Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Patti Hauser currently serves as the WIC Program Director and Chief of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Section for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. She is a registered dietitian, receiving her bachelors in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and her masters in public administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. more
Date: May 17, 2010  •  Topics: Obesity | Women & Children
WIC participation saves taxpayer dollars in the babies’ early years and contributes to the prevention of several chronic diseases in both the mom and the child later in life. WIC is also taking on a very important role in fighting an epidemic that poses one of the greatest new threats to childhood health: obesity. more

James Hodge
Lincoln Professor of Health, Law and Ethics, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Through scholarly and applied work, James Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. Professor Hodge teaches health law, ethics, and policy, public health law and ethics, and global health law and policy at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. more
Date: Nov 4, 2009  •  Topics: Information Technology
Access to identifiable health data among multiple groups continues to grow exponentially as digital personal health records (PHRs) become pervasive. Ongoing national health care reform efforts may only increase demands for greater public and private sector access to health data... more

Charles Homer, M.D.
President and CEO, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality
Charles J. Homer, M.D., is President and CEO of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, an action oriented organization headquartered in Cambridge, MA exclusively dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children. more
Date: May 21, 2009  •  Topics: Health Reform | Obesity | Women & Children
While there is certainly no magic bullet, constructing a system that keeps in mind the needs of families and children will prove crucial to the integrity of the system as a whole. Improvement will certainly require simultaneous efforts on a number of fronts, but building a system around the needs of our children will create health care that embodies our values, delivers effectively, and eventually lowers cost. more

Kaiser Health News
Kaiser Health News is our syndication partner. more
Date: Jun 5, 2012  •  Topics: Consumer Choice | Health Policy | Insurance

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News.

Date: Apr 10, 2012  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform | Insurance

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Date: Mar 22, 2012  •  Topics: Health Policy | Health Reform

By Stuart Taylor, Jr. for Kaiser Health News

How big is the constitutional challenge to the Obama health care law, which the Supreme Court will hear on March 26-28?


Joanne Kenen
Health Policy Forum Contributing Writer
Joanne Kenen is a journaist and long-time health policy writer, having covered health issues on Capitol Hill for Reuters, was a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellow, and most recently served as senior writer for health policy at the New America Foundation. Ms. Kenen has covered everything from voodoo festivals to U.S. presidential campaigns in her lengthy career. more
Date: Dec 6, 2011  •  Topics: Aging | Chronic Disease | Hospitals
Dealing with the hard stuff – the very sick, the complex, the dying – is the essence of quality health care in an aging society. more
Date: Nov 16, 2011  •  Topics: Health Reform | Public Health
If there’s one thing everyone in Washington can agree on it’s that prevention is good. And that’s about as far as the agreement goes. As for the rest of it – who is responsible for prevention, how to define prevention, what is the government’s role in prevention, how much to spend on prevention and when to spend it – is not so clear, and wrapped up in the bitter politics (and difficult economics) of the day. more
Date: Oct 4, 2011  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Information Technology
A look at at three research projects aimed at developing something that may work—something that may improve end of life care for both the patient and the family. more

Dr. David C. Kibbe
Principal, The Kibbe Group LLC
David C. Kibbe, M.D., M.B.A., is Senior Advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Chair of the ASTM International E31 Technical Committee on Healthcare Informatics, and Principal of The Kibbe Group LLC. A respected technologist, entrepreneur, and co-developer of ASTM International’s Continuity of Care Record standard more
Date: Mar 9, 2010  •  Topics: Information Technology
When I first came to “Health 2.0” and joined ranks with folks who were leading this charge, it was because I was so thoroughly discouraged by the realm of health information technology for physicians and hospitals and disappointed with both the vendors of electronic health record technology and most of their customers. more

Cong. Ron Kind
US House of Representatives, 3rd District of Wisconsin
A native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ron Kind has represented the people of western Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District since 1996. Rep. Kind is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, and international trade. more
Date: Jan 25, 2010  •  Topics: Health Policy | Obesity
It’s no secret that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese children has tripled since 1980. more

MJ Kurs-Lasky
Playful City USA Manager, KaBOOM!

MJ Kurs-Lasky is the Playful City USA Manager at KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to saving play.

Date: Jul 26, 2012  •  Topics: Childhood Obesity | Community Health | Health Reform

“Creating more and better playspaces is something that is very important to us. Research shows that recreation improves a person’s physical and emotional well-being.


Rachel Lee
Senior Associate with the Senior Living Practice, Dixon Hughes PLLC
Rachel Lee is a senior associate with the Senior Living Practice at Dixon Hughes PLLC and provides strategic and development advisory services to long term care and senior housing organizations. more
Date: May 25, 2010  •  Topics: Aging | Health Reform
A little-known provision of the health reform law has the potential to transform long-term care services and delivery. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act establishes the nation’s first voluntary insurance program to purchase long-term care services and supports from the community. more

Danielle Marshall
Director of Community Engagement, KaBOOM!
Danielle Marshall is the Director of Community Engagement Programs at KaBOOM! In this role, Danielle oversees 3 distinct programs that serve to provide support and resources to communities enabling them to increase children’s access to play through advocacy, education, and community building. more
Date: Jul 26, 2012  •  Topics: Childhood Obesity | Community Health | Health Reform

“Creating more and better playspaces is something that is very important to us. Research shows that recreation improves a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

Date: Mar 20, 2012  •  Topics: Community Health | Obesity | Public Health

The City of Niagara Falls was “spending a lot of money to maintain marginal courts where people didn’t want them anyway, and we were getting complaints from neighbors who lived nea

Date: Jan 23, 2012  •  Topics: Childhood Obesity | Women & Children

 “It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.


Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Public Health, Washington University
Timothy McBride, Ph.D., is currently a professor and associate dean of public health in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the Brown School in August 2008, he spent five years in the Department of Health Management and Policy and served as Division Head of Health Policy at the School of Public Health, Saint Louis University. Dr. McBride spent 12 years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as an associate professor in the Departments of Economics and Public Policy and spent four years at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. from 1987-1991. more
Date: Jun 8, 2010  •  Topics: Health Policy | Health Reform
Certainly now that health reform has been signed into law, most of us are looking toward the future, focusing on the daunting task of implementing this major piece of legislation—perhaps the most significant and wide-reaching piece of social legislation to pass in the last several decades. more

Lisa Pawloski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University
Lisa Pawloski, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services. She studied biology and chemistry at Texas A&M, and received a master’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University. more
Date: Feb 23, 2010  •  Topics: Obesity | Women & Children
Obesity is increasingly becoming an epidemic in industrialized nations, particularly in the U.S. where one out of every three adults is obese. more

Ruth Perot
Executive Director and CEO, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
Ruth Perot is the managing director of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), a public/private/community partnership established to help ensure that communities of color and other underserved and vulnerable communities benefit fully from HIT initiatives and advances. She is also co-founder and executive director/chief executive officer of Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. (SHIRE). more
Date: Jan 13, 2011  •  Topics: Health Disparities | Information Technology
A key component of Public Law 111-5, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, is seen by many observers as having the potential to energize the creation of a national high-quality, patient-focused, equitable, and cost-effective health care system. more
Date: Oct 12, 2009  •  Topics: Health Disparities | Information Technology
Since 1985, the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities has crept to the center stage of public policy, with a large volume of evidence amassed to demonstrate the presence and impact of these disparities. Today, an overwhelming consensus with respect to research on racial and ethnic health disparities — the existence of disparities and the need to eliminate them — has led some stakeholders to conclude that it is time for a paradigm shift. more

Lawyer, Physician, and Health Policy Analyst
Dr. Caroline Poplin is a lawyer, physician, and health policy analyst. more
Date: Aug 2, 2012  •  Topics: Aging | Chronic Disease | Information Technology | Medicare

This is the second in a two-part series. To read the first part, click here.

Date: Jul 31, 2012  •  Topics: Aging | Chronic Disease | Information Technology | Medicare

This is the first in a two-part series. To read the second part, click here.


President, HSA Consulting Services
Roy Ramthun is a nationally-recognized expert on Health Savings Accounts and consumer directed health care issues. He led the U.S. Treasury Department's implementation of HSAs after they were enacted into law in 2003. President George W. Bush then tapped Mr. Ramthun to be his health care policy advisor at the White House, where he developed the President's proposals to expand HSAs while overseeing the implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D). As President of HSA Consulting Services, LLC, he continues to be an advocate for consumerism in health care and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the country. more

J. James Rohack, M.D.
Cardiologist, Scott & White Clinic
J. James Rohack, M.D., a senior staff cardiologist at Scott & White Clinic in Temple, Texas, was elected president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in June 2008. Dr. Rohack has been a member of the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) since 2001 and served as chair from 2004 to 2005. He has also served on all AMA-BOT intraboard committees, chairing both the AMA-BOT Executive Committee and the Organization and Operations Committee. more
Date: Apr 13, 2010  •  Topics: Health Policy | Health Reform
Our country recently took an historic and long overdue step toward health system reform. While the new law is not perfect and more still needs to be done, this sweeping reform package will greatly benefit America’s patients and their physicians. more
Date: Apr 10, 2009  •  Topics: Health Reform | Hospitals | Managed Care
As unemployment rises to its highest level in 24 years, one expected consequence is an increase in the number of Americans who may forgo needed health care because they lost their health insurance along with their job. more

Howard Rosen
CEO/Founder, Life:WIRE® Corp
Howard Rosen graduated with an M.B.A. (International Finance & Marketing) and spent the past 25 years producing over $100 million of feature films and television programs. It was while working on an interactive DVD on Type II Diabetes that led Howard to his interest in developing/inventing Life:WIRE®, a patent pending technology designed to foster patient engagement pairing interactive mobile technology with content. more
Date: May 12, 2011  •  Topics: Behavioral Health | Information Technology
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 88 percent of American adults who have Internet access research information about their health online. This trend provides a unique opportunity to improve the patient experience and quite pos­sibly their health outcomes. more

Marc R. Rosenblum
Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
Marc R. Rosenblum is a senior policy analyst at Migration Policy Institute, where he works on the labor markets initiative, U.S. immigration policy, and U.S.-Mexican migration issues. more
Date: Nov 10, 2009  •  Topics: Health Policy | Public Health
As the House and Senate move toward the final outlines of health care reform legislation, they confront important questions about how proposals might apply to immigrants more

Dennis P. Scanlon, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
Dennis Scanlon, Ph.D., is a professor of health policy and administration at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on health systems improvement, including the role of information, incentives, and behavior change for improving health care outcomes. more
Date: Jun 15, 2010  •  Topics: Health Reform | Public Health

Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been signed into law, the key question is whether it will lead to improved quality and better value in health care.


Laura Segal
Director of Public Affairs, Trust for America's Health
Laura Segal oversees public affairs, communications, and policy research for Trust for America’s Health. She brings more than 15 years of strategic communications experience to TFAH. Prior to joining TFAH, Ms. Segal directed corporate communications for Health Venture Partners, Sigma Networks, and Charitableway. more
Date: Jul 3, 2012  •  Topics: Community Health | Public Health
According to a new report, many states and the federal government do not have policies or laws that we know can protect citizens from injury, the leading cause of death for Americans under 44. more
Date: Apr 17, 2012  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Community Health | Public Health

Your health shouldn’t be determined by where you live, but two new reports show that where you live, learn, work and play have a major impact on how healthy you are and how long you live.

Date: Jan 10, 2012  •  Topics: Public Health | Public Health Preparedness
It seems that a number of programs that help detect and respond to bioterrorism and other health emergencies are at risk for major cuts or elimination. more

Rochelle Sharpe
Health Policy Forum Contributing Writer
Rochelle Sharpe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 25 years experience. Now a freelance writer in Brookline, Mass., she’s worked as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and USA Today. more
Date: Dec 13, 2011  •  Topics: Public Health
The secrets of longevity are not so secret any more. Scientists know a lot about how diet, exercise, and social connections can extend the human lifespan. Study after study has shown that genes don’t affect life expectancy nearly as much as the environment. Enter Dan Buettner, best-selling author of The Blue Zones, who wrote a fascinating account of four places in the world where people live the longest – outliving Americans by more than a decade. more
Date: Oct 18, 2011  •  Topics: Information Technology | Public Health
The store offers a mindboggling array of creative apps, including ones that calculate calories burned during exercise, create soundtracks to help people fall asleep, and display pictures that can elicit memories from Alzheimer’s patients. If the store doesn’t offer something for what ails you now, it probably will soon. more
Date: Aug 15, 2011  •  Topics: Health Reform

In this era of government gridlock and the 15-minute doctor’s appointment, a growing number of consumers are no longer waiting for the political establishment to solve the nation’s hea


Dennis Shea, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University
Dennis G. Shea, Ph.D. is department head and professor of health policy and administration in the College of Health and Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University. His primary field of study is in health economics and the economics of aging. more
Date: Jun 28, 2010  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis
You don’t hear much about that idea in discussions of health reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but a significant part of those deficit-reducing savings will come from reductions in payments to Medicare providers... more

Amy Sheon, Ph.D.
Former Co-Director, Altarum Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Mission Project
Dr. Amy Sheon possesses more than twenty-five years of experience working in cutting edge and emerging public health issues including family planning, HIV research, ethical issues in genetics, and childhood obesity. more
Date: May 6, 2009  •  Topics: Health Policy | Obesity | Women & Children
As we begin again to consider health care reform in this nation, the issue of childhood obesity should not be ignored. more

Peter Shin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Health Policy, George Washington University
Peter Shin, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University and is the Geiger Gibson – RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Director. more
Date: Aug 24, 2011  •  Topics: Health Reform | Public Health Preparedness
In our current economic climate, community health centers continue to absorb rising numbers of uninsured patients, providing high-quality and affordable care while generating billions in savings to the health care system. more

Director of Policy, The SCAN Foundation
Lisa R. Shugarman, Ph.D., is the director of policy for The SCAN Foundation, managing state and national policy activities for the foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. more
Date: Jun 8, 2011  •  Topics: Aging | Health Reform
For most seniors, the “right place” is what they consider to be their homes and communities. Before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the limited set of federal and state options for community-based care hampered the extent to which this vision could be realized. more
Date: Apr 7, 2011  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Community Health | Managed Care
A major challenge of the current system of care for adults with functional limitations is the inability of middle-income individuals to protect themselves against the financial risk of needing and accessing available supports and services to help them remain in their homes and communities. Over 10 million Americans need supports and services today due to disabling conditions, and this figure will likely grow due to population aging. In 2008, the cost of this care totaled $264 billion, comprising public, private, and in-kind expenditures. more
Date: Sep 9, 2010  •  Topics: Aging | Health Reform | Managed Care
Medicaid currently pays for half of all long-term care in the United States at a cost of more than $100 billion a year to taxpayers. As a result, state and federal budgets are collapsing under the weight of these skyrocketing expenditures more

Serena Vinter
Senior Research Associate, Trust for America's Health
Ms. Vinter is a Senior Research Associate at TFAH. In this capacity she researches, analyzes, and writes about public health policies including public health emergency preparedness, obesity and chronic disease prevention, and public health financing. more
Date: Sep 14, 2010  •  Topics: Health Policy | Public Health Preparedness
Year after year Americans are exposed to contaminated foods that enter the nation’s food supply due to an antiquated set of food safety laws that don’t provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the tools and authorities it needs to protect public health. It doesn’t have to be this way. more
Date: Jul 12, 2010  •  Topics: Chronic Disease | Obesity | Public Health
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, state, tribal, and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations now have the opportunity to transform their communities into places that offer healthy choices to all residents. more
Date: May 11, 2010  •  Topics: Health Reform | Public Health
Lost amid the yearlong debate over health reform and the heated talk of death panels and socialism were some major changes to the way in which the United States funds public health, prevention, and wellness programs as a result of the passage of health reform legislation. more

Taylor Walsh
Principal, Integrative Health & Wellness Strategies
Taylor Walsh is principal at Integrative Health & Wellness Strategies in Washington DC, providing consulting and analysis in emerging integrative health care and the renewed focus on prevention and wellness. more
Date: Aug 7, 2012  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform | Public Health
The all-permeating factor at the center of discussions after the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act is the unchecked growth of the cost of care. more
Date: May 10, 2012  •  Topics: Health Policy | Hospitals | Military & Veterans Health

Where does “health care transformation” exist? Google finds us 70,600,000 hits on the subject. Good luck with that. Is it out there in parts?

Date: Mar 8, 2012  •  Topics: Health Policy | Public Health

It is often difficult to discern what is happening on the fringe of things and then decide whether any of it matters.


Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
Keith Whyte is the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. more
Date: Mar 27, 2012  •  Topics: Behavioral Health

Do you love casinos? How about bingo? Do you bet on the NCAA tournament championship? Do you gamble on the Internet?


Mark Zandi, Ph.D.
Chief Economist and Cofounder, Moody's
Mark Zandi, Ph.D., is chief economist and cofounder of Moody’s, where he directs the company’s research and consulting activities. Moody’s, a division of Moody’s Analytics, provides economic research and consulting services to businesses, governments and other institutions. more
Date: Aug 5, 2009  •  Topics: Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
To be successful, healthcare reform must pay for extending coverage to the uninsured while credibly controlling future costs. Current proposals include a mandate for employers, a public insurance option, and tax increases on high-income households. more