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And The Healthiest Place In California Is...

Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco

For the third consecutive year, Marin was named the healthiest county in all of California. In a national study conducted by the University of Wisc...

Getting Health Care Out of the Middle Ages and into the 21st Century

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

As we discovered with banking, you don't need to visit a polished institution with rigid hours to access your money -- yet we still generally schlepp to a hospital or other formal health care facility for every manner of health service.

1 in 6 U.S. Students Age 12 Are Victims Of Dating Violence

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education

By Cynthia Johnston March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. middle School students age 12 have experienced alarming rates of physical violence at th...

Can A Higher Soda Tax Prevent Obesity.. In Minorities?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Latino Voices

A nationwide tax could do wonders for your waistline and wallet. Increasing the tax on sugary drinks by just a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweete...

A New, 'Green' Housing Alternative For Mom And Dad

Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty

According to a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 82 percent of retirees and 78 percent o...

Blue Button: Driving a Patient-Centered Revolution in Health Care

Stephen J. Downs | Posted 11.13.2011 | Impact
Stephen J. Downs

It's clear that we're in the middle of a health care quality revolution. But to improve outcomes on a broad scale, we need to empower individuals to become active participants in their care.

Why Education "Reform" Could Bankrupt Us

John Thompson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
John Thompson

America can no longer afford to separate education, health, and social services into separate silos. And we risk bankruptcy if our schools continue to focus on a narrow portion of our children's brains.

Inspired By 'Giving Pledge,' Foundations Commit To Make Better Use Of Grant Money

The Chronicle Of Philantrophy | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact

The Giving Pledge has inspired yet another pledge for big donors: Today more than 60 of the country's foundations have signed Philanthropy's Promise, ...

What Effect Will More Corporate Ads and Interrupted Programming Really Have on PBS?

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Pearl Korn

At PBS's recent annual gathering it was announced that the number and frequency of promotions for corporate sponsors would increase during a few noted programs as an experiment.

Wise Distributions: Moving Beyond the Giving Pledge

David C. Colby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David C. Colby

Committing to the Giving Pledge is no small act; but the true work comes after the media buzz: assessing how the money can be used most wisely.

Let's Move! Sarah Palin

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Palin's critical comments about Michelle Obama fail to recognize that, in too many instances, parents have become prisoners of school and community environments that restrict their child's access to healthy food.

Pick One -- Eat Less or Move More

Susan Yager | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Yager

Obese people are all alike in the way they become obese, but every slim person is slim in his or her own way. That's what you might infer after reviewing the data from F as in Fat.

The Poor Feel Poorly

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

In the long run, each life that is diminished by poor education, and diminished goals and achievements drains growth, innovation and health at the expense of our nation's future.

Who's Got Game?

Paul Tarini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Paul Tarini

For those of you not watching, video games are not just for entertainment any more. A field of serious games has been developing for some time, and one of the most robust areas is games to improve health.

Health Care: Road Closed, Danger Ahead!

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

Our health care system has been barreling down a dangerous road, ignoring obvious warning signs: Higher Health Costs Approaching; 46 Million Uninsured Merging; Sponsored Coverage Closed Ahead.

Planting the Seeds of Change

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

A burgeoning underground of social entrepreneurs may represent our best hope for economic and social growth.

Improving Our Children's Health Starts Where They Learn and Play

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

When it comes to improving the health of Americans, we normally talk about what happens in a doctor's office. And when it comes to improving educatio...

Growing Momentum for Public Option

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

With just 2 votes short of passage Tuesday, the odds are now very high that some form of public health insurance option will be included on the final reform bill.

If You Like Medical Bills, You'll Love These

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Medical insurance paperwork is universally recognized and universally loathed. It could serve as a potent symbol of everything wrong with America's dysfunctional, for-profit health insurance system.

Why Docs Like the Public Option

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

A poll found that physicians overwhelmingly support a public option approach to health reform. That is, they want to see a mixed public-private approach.

Replacing the Shouts of Recess with the Deliberations of Research

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

The CBO is a valuable resource for elected officials for measuring the economic value of legislation. But it doesn't automatically score what we as Americans value, especially our health.

What if Benjamin Franklin Ran the Congressional Budget Office?

James S. Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James S. Marks

We are measuring each health reform and long term outcomes by a monolithic yardstick -- 10-year CBO scoring -- without ever questioning whether the yardstick measures what really matters to us as a people.

Cash for Fatties

Wendy Wanderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Wanderman

According to a recent report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Top 5 states that have the highest percentage of overweight people are all Republican red states.

How Prepared is Your State for Bioterror and Health Emergencies?

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

People often say 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina were 'wake up calls' to the country. But in the field of public health, we think of them more like snooze alarms.