UM Faculty Accepted to Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit organization within the National Academy of Sciences that works to provide unbiased and authoritative advice on medical and health care issues, elected 70 new members this week, three of which are from the University of Michigan! Congratulations are in order for: Professor Eric Fearon, Chief of Molecular Medicine and … Continue reading UM Faculty Accepted to Institute of Medicine

Institute of Medicine Webinar: Health & Global Climate Change

The second in a series of webinars from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM),  this webinar will focus on Health in the Context of Global Climate Change. When: From 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, June 27. From the IOM's Roundatble on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, the webinar series aims to … Continue reading Institute of Medicine Webinar: Health & Global Climate Change

Shorter Lives, Poorer Health in the US: New IOM report

From the National Academies Press: The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. Although life expectancy and survival rates in the United States have improved dramatically over the past century, Americans live shorter lives and experience more injuries and illnesses than people in other high-income … Continue reading Shorter Lives, Poorer Health in the US: New IOM report

Interested in the health and environmental costs of food?

A prepublication edition of Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: Workshop Summary is now available from the National Academies Press. The U.S. food system provides many benefits, not the least of which is a safe, nutritious and consistent food supply. However, the same system also creates significant environmental, public health, and other costs that generally … Continue reading Interested in the health and environmental costs of food?

For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future

Just released by the National Academies Press: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to examine three topics in relation to public health: measurement, the law, and funding. IOM prepared a three report series--one report on each topic--that contains actionable recommendations for public health agencies and other stakeholders with roles in … Continue reading For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future

Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

Just out from the National Academies Press is Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response. Catastrophic disasters occurring in 2011 in the United States and worldwide--from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to the earthquake in New Zealand--have demonstrated that even prepared communities can be … Continue reading Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel

Reposted from Reuters: Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday. In an … Continue reading Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel

Health Datapalooza June 5-6

The Health Data Initiative Forum III: The Health Datapalooza will be held June 5 and 6, 2012, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event brings together a diverse group of data experts, technology developers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, health care system leaders, and community advocates to support innovative applications of health and … Continue reading Health Datapalooza June 5-6

IOM Report: Integrating Primary Care and Public Health

Public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions  in which people can be healthy. It takes a society to practice public health -  Healthy People 2010, 2nd ed., With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2001. The … Continue reading IOM Report: Integrating Primary Care and Public Health