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Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and ... Released: August 13, 2018
    On May 7th, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions hosted a workshop that explored the challenges posed by obesity and overweight in the armed forces and opportunities to overcome them.
  • Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building ... Released: August 03, 2018
    To identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public’s need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a 2-day public workshop on March 20 and 21, 2018.
  • Building the Case for Health Literacy: Proceedings of a ... Released: July 26, 2018
    To understand the extent to which health literacy has been shown to be effective at contributing to the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of communities, providing better care, providing affordable care, and improving the experience of the health care team, the Roundtable on Health Literacy established an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a public workshop on building the case for health literacy.
  • Nutrigenomics and the Future of Nutrition: Proceedings of a ... Released: July 25, 2018
    On December 5, 2017, the Food Forum hosted a public workshop titled Nutrigenomics and the Future of Nutrition in Washington, DC, to review current knowledge in the field of nutrigenomics as it relates to nutrition. Workshop participants explored the influence of genetic and epigenetic expression on nutritional status and the potential impact of personalized nutrition on health maintenance and chronic disease prevention. The workshop also investigated the clinical implications of nutrigenomics, key public health and regulatory policy considerations presented in the context of emerging nutrigenomics applications to personalized nutrition, and the challenges to globalization of public health guidance that may be informed by nutrigenomic research.
  • Faith–Health Collaboration to Improve Population Health ... Released: July 24, 2018
    Faith plays a variety of roles in the context of health improvement: as a place, social structure, partner, and intervention. The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop on faith–health collaboration in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 22, 2018. The workshop concisely summarized here did not explore aspects of the relationship between faith and health such as the efficacy of prayer or of congregation-based health interventions. Rather, presentations showcased the potential and, in some cases, the value, as demonstrated in improved outcomes, of community faith-based entities working as partners with health-sector organizations.
  • Impact of the Global Medical Supply Chain on SNS ... Released: July 18, 2018
    An ad hoc committee organized a public workshop, held on August 28, 2017, to explore the current state of the global supply chain as it relates to Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) assets, and the role of communications in mitigating supply chain risks in enhancing the resilience of medical countermeasure (MCM) distribution efforts.
  • Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use ... Released: July 13, 2018
    The opioid epidemic is changing the epidemiology of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious disease. To address the infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis, a public workshop titled Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic was convened on March 12 and 13, 2018.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Evaluating the Evidence for ... Released: July 11, 2018
    The report addresses a fundamental question: To what extent have permanent supportive housing programs improved health outcomes and affected health care costs in people experiencing homelessness? The report also describes policy and program barriers that affect the ability to bring the permanent supportive housing programs and other housing models to scale to address housing and health care needs.
  • Examining the Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical ... Released: July 11, 2018
    Workshop two took place on March 6–7, 2018. This “town-hall” style meeting included in-depth audience discussions and active participation that illuminated the types of data that are appropriate for what specific purposes and suggest practical approaches for data collection and evidence use by developing and working through example use cases.
  • Returning Individual Research Results to Participants ... Released: July 10, 2018
    An ad hoc committee reviewed the current evidence on the benefits, harms, and costs of returning individual research results, while also considering the ethical, social, operational, and regulatory aspects of the practice.