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Economics of Suicide

Risk of suicide is a complex, multifaceted issue that is notoriously hard to gauge patient by patient, but the state of the economy can predict an uptick.

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ACO Performance and Quality

With ACOs now affecting care in nearly every county of the country they are becoming ubiquitous, and with that ubiquity comes great potential to lead the healthcare industry in the transition to value-based care.

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Eldar Shafir: Policy in the Contexts of Scarcity

Eldar Shafir sat down with PHP Fellow Gilbert Benavidez to discuss the many faces of scarcity, the behaviors that stem from it, and how to craft effective policy to combat it.

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Elder Malnutrition

About half of all older adults in the United States are at risk for malnutrition, leaving them highly vulnerable. Targeted public health efforts to educate the elderly, their caregivers, and policymakers could be straightforward, but funding for these programs now hangs in the balance.

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Arguments, Evidence, and Abortion Policy

The claim that induced abortion harms women’s health is a line of reasoning that has emerged as state legislators increasingly seek to enact laws to regulate the provision of abortion. The problem is that it is not grounded in fact.

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Telemental Health

Those with mental health challenges living in rural areas have long been at a significant disadvantage when it comes to receiving care due to lack of professional caregivers. Advances in technology such as live video teleconferencing have the potential to change this.

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Counting for Insight

The website Understanding Homelessness tells the important story of homelessness in the U.S. through interactive visualizations, with an aim to fend off stigma and misconception.

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Karen DeSalvo

PHP sat down with Karen deSalvo, former acting assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss her work at the HHS and the social determinants of public health.

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In Search of Sex-Ed

Sexual education remains a topic shrouded in controversy in Lebanon’s patriarchal, male-dominated culture. In response to the alarming lack of sexual and reproductive health knowledge in the Lebanese community, a number of individuals and organizations have been diligently working to provide the public with reliable, comprehensive SRH information.

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Refusal Laws Threaten LGBT Healthcare Access

State laws have been introduced that frame refusal to serve LGBT people and/or same-sex couples as Constitutionally-guaranteed “free exercise” of religion. These bills undermine efforts to improve LGBT access to culturally competent care.

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Uncertainty Disrupts More than State Marketplaces

The uncertainty hanging over federal health policy at the national level has been well-covered, but the implications of this uncertainty in federal policy at the state level has gone largely unnoticed.

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The Pursuit of Happiness in Public Policy

Despite the “pursuit of happiness” being a right of all Americans, the U.S. is the 14th happiest country among the OECD. The relatively low ranking is partly explained by growing distrust in the federal government.

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Diminishing Returns

The United States spends far more on health than any other nation but does not have the health outcomes to show for it. What’s the key to getting more health for our money?

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Gun Violence Slows Economic Growth

A recent study by Yasemin Irvin-Erickson at the Urban Institute examines the effect of increased gun violence on the local economies in Minneapolis, Oakland, and Washington, D.C.

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