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.
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Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity
Released: July 25, 2019
Early experiences and life circumstances shape prenatal and early childhood development, with powerful impacts on the developing brain and body that shape health outcomes across the life course and can span generations. The preconception, prenatal, and early childhood periods are critical phases of development that help set the odds for lifelong health and well-being.
Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities
Released: May 09, 2019
With support from SSA, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to look at ways to collect information about a person’s physical and mental functional abilities relevant to work requirements. The resulting report, Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities, lays out the committee’s findings and conclusions.
The Intersection of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: April 04, 2019
On July 18, 2018, a workshop titled The Intersection of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Health Literacy, was held in Washington, DC, was to explore issues associated with effective communication with individuals with mental or behavioral health issues and to identify ways in which health literacy approaches can facilitate communication.
A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty
Released: February 28, 2019
This new consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood.
Health System Interventions to Prevent Firearms Injuries and Death: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: February 28, 2019
Firearm injuries and death are a serious public health concern in the United States that place a burden on individuals, communities, and health care systems. At the suggestion of Kaiser Permanente, and with the support of both Kaiser Permanente and the American Hospital Association, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop that examined the roles that health systems can play in addressing the epidemic of firearm violence in the United States.
Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: October 22, 2018
To gain a better understanding of the health communication challenges among older adults and their professional and family caregivers and how those challenges affect the care older adults receive, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults.