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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.


  • Global Health Risk Framework: Resilient and Sustainable ... Released: January 13, 2016
    Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak, many public- and private-sector leaders have experienced a need for improved management of global public health emergencies. The effects of the Ebola epidemic go well beyond the three hardest-hit countries and beyond the health sector. Education, child protection, commerce, transportation, and human rights have all suffered. The National Academy of Medicine has managed an independent, international commission on improving international management and response to outbreaks. As input to this effort, the Institute of Medicine convened four workshops in the summer of 2015 to inform the commission report. These workshops examined questions of resilient health systems, research and development of medical products, pandemic financing, and governance for global health. Each workshop gathered diverse perspectives on a range of policies, operations, and options for collaboration to improve the global health system.
  • Global Health Risk Framework: Pandemic Financing ... Released: January 13, 2016
    Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak, many public- and private-sector leaders have experienced a need for improved management of global public health emergencies. The effects of the Ebola epidemic go well beyond the three hardest-hit countries and beyond the health sector. Education, child protection, commerce, transportation, and human rights have all suffered. The National Academy of Medicine has managed an independent, international commission on improving international management and response to outbreaks. As input to this effort, the Institute of Medicine convened four workshops in the summer of 2015 to inform the commission report. These workshops examined questions of resilient health systems, research and development of medical products, pandemic financing, and governance for global health. Each workshop gathered diverse perspectives on a range of policies, operations, and options for collaboration to improve the global health system.
  • Supporting Family and Community Investments for Young ... Released: November 03, 2015
    On July 27–29, 2015, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, in partnership with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, held a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to examine topics related to supporting family and community investments in young children globally. The workshop also included discussions on how systems can better support children, families, and communities through acute disruptions such as the Ebola outbreak.
  • Using Existing Platforms to Integrate and Coordinate ... Released: November 02, 2015
    The integration and coordination of health, education, nutrition, social protection, and other services have the potential to improve the lives of children and their caregivers around the world. However, integration and coordination of policies and programs affecting early childhood development can create both risks and benefits. In different localities, these services are more or less effective in achieving their objectives.
  • Means of Violence: Workshop in Brief : Health and Medicine ... Released: September 17, 2015
    In an average day, there are approximately 4,000 violent deaths across the globe. In 1 week, there are 26,000, and in 1 month, 120,000. Workshop speaker James Mercy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that these figures are directly influenced by the means and methods selected as tools of violence and their degree of lethality; simply put, means matter.
  • Envisioning the Future of Health Professional Education ... Released: September 14, 2015
    In 2009, 20 experts from around the globe gathered to create a roadmap for transforming health professional education for advancing health. Their ideas were captured in the Lancet Commission report on health professions education for the 21st century.
  • Approaches to Universal Health Coverage and Occupational ... Released: September 10, 2015
    On July 29–30, 2014, the Institute of Medicine Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety held a workshop on approaches to universal health coverage and occupational health and safety for informal sector workers in developing countries.
  • Improving Quality of Care in Low- and Middle-Income ... Released: July 23, 2015
    On January 28–29, 2015, the Institute of Medicine convened a two-day workshop which focused on the six methods that currently make up the majority of USAID’s investment in quality improvement: accreditation, COPE®, improvement collaborative, standards-based management and recognitions (SBM-R), supervision, and clinical in-service training. The workshop considered how the different methods work to improve quality, when and where certain approaches might be most effective, and the best ways to measure success and shortcomings. Participants reflected on the state of the evidence and opportunities for advancing the global quality improvement agenda through policy, practice, and research.
  • Using Existing Platforms to Integrate and Coordinate ... Released: July 21, 2015
    On March 14–15, 2015, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, in partnership with the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion and Wu Yee Sun College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, held a workshop in Hong Kong to examine the science and policy issues involved in coordinating investments in children and their caregivers.
  • Scaling Program Investments for Young Children Globally ... Released: June 25, 2015
    This joint workshop by the Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council, and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal was held in São Paulo, Brazil, on November 11, 2014, and focused on scaling program investments for young children globally.