Category Archives: JPHMP Direct Voices

Integrating Clinical and Community Data: A Framework to Link Patients and Share Data with Clinical, Community, and Public Health Partners

Integrating longitudinal data from community-based organizations with electronic health record information can improve ​data accessibility and use to understanding health. Lessons learned from the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative. The September study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reveals that many US children gained more weight than expected during the pandemic, which highlights the importance of addressing children’s health challenges.

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How Sunk-Cost Bias Can Obscure Our Vision of a Post-COVID World

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Part three—the final part—of a series of columns on the biases that shape our view of health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In science, it is customary for researchers to disclose any potential bias, as part of the process of publishing work. While this is often

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The Problem of Positional Bias

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Part two of three columns exploring the biases that obscure our vision of health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In last week’s Healthiest Goldfish, I discussed how our individualist bias can stop us from seeing the full picture of what matters most for health. Today, I

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10 Learnings from the Public Health Innovation Summit

On September 28th and 29th, 2021, the Public Health National Center for Innovations, a division of the Public Health Accreditation Board, brought together over 100 public health innovators for the virtual Public Health Innovation Summit & Showcase. Throughout the Summit, attendees heard from an array of speakers and engaged in conversations on local and community innovations, challenges and opportunities with

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Looking Beyond Our Biases

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Creating a healthier world means first seeing the world as it is and understanding that the forces that shape health can be obscured by our biases. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. The 1999 film, The Matrix, is about a man who discovers the world as

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Inefficiency in the Pursuit of Excellence

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The path to a healthier world is not always a straight line; sometimes innovating for health may require the openminded exploration of meandering by-ways. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Among the lessons I am trying to learn, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, is

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Coming to Consensus on an Appropriate Role for Health Departments in Abortion 

Learnings from a 2-day virtual convening of health department professionals on public health actions related to abortion. Even when scientific evidence is clear, political controversy about a public health issue can make it difficult for public health agencies to know how to proceed. This has been very clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, as public health officials have feared backlash while doing

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Health in an Era of Resurgent Great Power Conflict

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What rising tensions between the US and China may bode for public health, global health institutions, and the socioeconomic forces that shape health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. This summer, the journal Nature Food published a study which is, in many ways, a microcosm of a key force

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Thinking in Groups, Thinking for Ourselves (Or: In Praise of Iconoclasm)

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Scientists are people too. And people are vulnerable to groupthink. How this can serve science, and the world, poorly. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Americans trust scientists. This may seem, to some, like surprising news, given the extent to which attitudes towards science were

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