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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.

  • The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a ... Released: August 30, 2016
    Public-private partnerships are critical for a nation’s economic vitality, as demonstrated by the Affordable Care Act where community benefits have contributed to economic growth and health.
  • Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful ... Released: August 26, 2016
    To examine the barriers to participation in clinical trials and ways of overcoming those barriers, the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities held a workshop, on April 9, 2015, titled “Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials.”
  • Advancing the Science to Improve Population Health ... Released: August 11, 2016
    On September 30, 2015, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement hosted a workshop to explore the basic and translational research needs for population health science, and to discuss specific research priorities and actions to foster population health improvement.
  • The Interplay Between Environmental Chemical Exposures ... Released: July 29, 2016
    In March 2015, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine held a workshop to explore the role that chemical exposures may play in the development of obesity.
  • Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance ... Released: July 28, 2016
    The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop titled Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity in which speakers shared strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to advance racial and health equity.
  • Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and ... Released: July 18, 2016
    To better understand how the dynamic forces operating in health care today impact the delivery of services in a way that is health literate, culturally competent, and in an appropriate language for patients and their families, the Roundtable on Health Literacy established an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a public workshop on the integration of health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services.
  • Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment ... Released: July 13, 2016
    The Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene an ad hoc committee to identify social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs.
  • Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth ... Released: July 08, 2016
    More than 2 million Americans below age 24 self-identify as being of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. Many of the serious behavioral, emotional, and physical health concerns facing young people today are especially prevalent with Native youth (e.g., depression, violence, and substance abuse). Arrayed against these health problems are vital cultural strengths on which Native Americans can draw.
  • Health Risks of Indoor Exposure to Particulate Matter ... Released: July 06, 2016
    The health effects of outdoor exposure to particulate matter (PM) are the subject of both research attention and regulatory action. Although much less studied to date, indoor exposure to PM—which can result from particles infiltrating from the outdoors and from various indoor sources including candles, cooking, and smoking—is gaining attention as a potential source of adverse health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to hold a workshop examining what is known about indoor exposure to PM, examining sources of particles, their interaction with other elements of the indoor environment, exposure levels indoors, potential health concerns, ways to limit exposure, vulnerable populations, and means of communicating exposure risks and strategies to reduce exposures.
  • Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine ... Released: June 08, 2016
    On March 2, 2016, the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to examine the relevance of health literacy to precision medicine, a growing field that takes into account individuals’ differences in genes, environments, and lifestyles. The workshop explored the intersection of health literacy and precision medicine through a number of topics, but its impetus was the Precision Medicine Initiative.