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Linda P. Fried
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, is Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Fried is an internationally renowned scientist in the fields of epidemiology, gerontology and geriatrics who has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating the basis for a transition to an aging world that benefits all ages. Prior to becoming Dean in 2008, Dr. Fried served as the Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Director of the Center on Aging and Health at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Entries by Linda P. Fried

Maximizing the Potential of Older Workers

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:49 AM


Life expectancy in the United States has increased in the last century by nearly 30 years and continues to grow each year. One of the consequences of this transformation is that older workers are available to remain in the workforce longer. That's an...

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Healthy Food, Like Clean Water, Should Be a Staple

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 8:36 AM

Americans have long considered clean drinking water a staple, not a luxury, and we need to start thinking of healthy food that way, too. Healthy food is every bit as crucial for life and wellbeing. It should be readily available and easily accessible to all; unfortunately, in too many situations,...

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Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 2:44 PM

One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes. A new study sheds much-needed light on the genesis of that irony and proposes a way to reduce it....

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Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Public health has seldom had a spotlight year like 2014. Indications that the Ebola outbreak is stabilizing in Guinea and Liberia are an encouraging sign that even in the poorest parts of the world, public health science can rescue nations. Through the United States' more fleeting experience with Ebola, public...

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Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:06 PM

While we are seeing glimpses of hope in the ongoing battle against Ebola, it's already apparent that we need new global capacity to confront and defeat infectious diseases including -- and beyond -- Ebola. It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the...

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Stopping Ebola With Public Health Expertise, Not Casual Advice

(27) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:04 AM

As the Ebola crisis continues to grow, America is facing the proliferating challenges of how best to help in West Africa, how to prevent the spread of the disease in the United States, and how to assert incontrovertibly that public health scientists understand how to prevent and control outbreaks like...

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Turning to Elders in a Politically Challenged America

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:44 AM

At home and abroad, America is grappling with an extraordinary number of core issues challenging our ability to thrive. Yet we're overlooking a key resource in our communities, our states, and around the country. In the interest of our public good and the public's health, it's time to turn to...

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Measuring the Later Years in Life Differently - for the Benefit of All

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:44 PM

The cover story in the Summer issue of The American Scholar contains landmark analysis by Lincoln Caplan, visiting lecturer at Yale Law School and senior advisor to, on the need to reconsider the old-age dependency ratio [OADR]. While the ratio may initially seem esoteric, understanding...

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Tackling Challenges of Education and Health Together

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:09 PM

In the United States, we all too often tackle challenges in distinct fields separately, but America is experiencing challenges in education and health that could be tackled together in ways that are mutually beneficial and cost-effective. The good news is that one proven model already exists.

The challenges involve several...

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Expanding the Business of Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 9:29 PM

New York City's controversial proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas offers a classic case of business fighting public health -- with the soft drink industry ultimately prevailing in court and the epidemic of obesity as virulent as ever. But America's public health challenges -- from the...

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The Ruling on Soda Servings and Its Implications for Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 8:40 PM

New York State's highest court ruled on June 26 against New York City's proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas. It's a ruling that raises real concerns about limiting the ability of municipal health departments to tackle 21st-century public health challenges. It also underscores the importance of...

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The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:37 PM

We are entering a new age: a world of longer lives. In 30 years, the developed world has done the unimagined: added 30 years to human life expectancy. In a mere 40 years, the developing world is now accomplishing what took the West and Japan 100 years to...

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No Need for Generations to be Pitted Against Each Other

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:36 AM

There's a growing tendency for public policy leaders and commentators to warn one generation about another when the topic of entitlements arises. But the truth is that it's bad advice -- refuted by research. The good news is that all generations benefit when the needs of older generations are addressed,...

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Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:41 PM

The United States is facing an epidemic of incarceration -- people in jail or prisons -- demanding national attention and a systemic response. Ernest Drucker, my colleague and a professor of epidemiology as well as family and community medicine, classifies incarceration as an epidemic because it is a situation with...

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Investing in the Science of Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:12 AM

A report released this month by the National Science Foundation raises concern about the declining level of science funding and its implications for further impairing U.S. economic leadership. Analysis of American leadership in science is appropriately framed in economic terms, because the jobs that result from scientific innovation are a...

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CVS Shows That Responsibility for Health Sits on Many Shelves

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM

CVS's recent decision to stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products can be an important catalyst for critical changes needed to create the conditions for health for all of us. Significant influencers of public health, after all, sit on many retail shelves.

CVS's decision, which will take effect nationwide in...

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The Challenge of Public Health for Mayor de Blasio

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.

Low-income communities...

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To Build a Bridge

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 4:49 PM

Invest in infrastructure! This has become an appropriate centerpiece of President Obama's plan for the nation and for proposals to improve the healthcare system, and is certainly critical. In this plan, there are healthcare counterparts to roads, bridges, or buildings: one example is the electronic health record (EHR). But technology...

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