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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.


  • Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical ... Released: November 14, 2014
    The current epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), cause by a filovirus, has spread internationally, now affecting multiple continents, and has become the worst EVD outbreak in history since its discovery in 1976. While the Ebola viruses have typically been studied in laboratory settings, additional biomedical and public health research in real world settings can best prepare the United States to safeguard the public and at-risk workers.
  • Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in ... Released: November 13, 2014
    If standardized social and behavioral data can be incorporated into patient electronic health records (EHRs), those data can provide crucial information about factors that influence health and the effectiveness of treatment; with this goal in mind, a committee was convened to conduct a two-phase study, first to identify social and behavioral domains that most strongly determine health, and then to evaluate the measures of those domains that can be used in EHRs.
  • Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and ... Released: November 12, 2014
    Literature has consistently identified education as a major factor contributing to health disparities in the United States by geography or demographic characteristics. A diverse body of research has established educational status as a major predictor of health outcomes, examined how health impacts the ability of students to learn, and how life expectancy for people without a high school education, particularly white women, is decreasing. To understand the complex relationships between education and health and explore how this understanding could inform our nation’s investments and policies, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2014.
  • Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health- Workshop ... Released: September 10, 2014
    Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions. The Institute of Medicine convened the Roundtable on Health Literacy to address issues raised in the report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion (IOM, 2004). The roundtable sponsored a workshop in Irvine, CA, on November 21, 2013, that focused on the implications of health literacy for the mission and essential services of public health.
  • The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving ... Released: September 04, 2014
    The April 10, 2014, workshop, titled The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health, was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships between community and institutional actors (e.g., universities, public health agencies).
  • The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving ... Released: September 04, 2014
    The April 10, 2014, workshop, titled The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health, was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships between community and institutional actors (e.g., universities, public health agencies).
  • Financing Population Health Improvement - Workshop ... Released: July 28, 2014
    The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop on February 6, 2014 to explore the range of resources that might be available to provide a secure funding stream for non-clinical actions to enhance health. The workshop featured a number of presentations and discussions, beginning with an overview of the range of potential resources (for example, financial, human, and community) and followed by an in-depth exploration of several dimensions related to financial resources. This document summarizes the workshop.
  • Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity ... Released: June 18, 2014
    On December 5, 2013, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities co-sponsored a workshop to explore the history of social movements, both those that are health-related and those that are not primarily focused on health. The objective was to learn and discuss lessons that may be applied by those who are working to improve health and health equity in U.S. communities. This document summarizes the workshop.
  • Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity ... Released: June 18, 2014
    On December 5, 2013, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities co-sponsored a workshop to explore the history of social movements, both those that are health-related and those that are not primarily focused on health. The objective was to learn and discuss lessons that may be applied by those who are working to improve health and health equity in U.S. communities. This document summarizes the workshop.
  • Identifying and Reducing Environmental Health Risks of ... Released: April 29, 2014
    The IOM’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine held a workshop to discuss approaches related to identifying and reducing potential environmental public health risks to new and existing industrial chemicals. Speakers at the workshop examined successes and areas for improvement within current regulatory programs for assessing industrial chemical safety, frameworks for chemical prioritization to inform targeted testing and risk management strategies, concepts of sustainability and green chemistry that support the design and use of safer alternatives, and efforts to reduce the risk of chemicals in our society.