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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.


  • 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.
  • Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Uganda, Kenya, and ... Released: June 18, 2015
    On August 11–12, 2014, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Global Violence Prevention, in a collaborative partnership with the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), convened a workshop focused on informing and creating synergies within a diverse community of researchers, health workers, and decision makers committed to promoting IPV-prevention efforts that are innovative, evidence-based, and crosscutting. This collaborative workshop also fulfills the forum’s mandate, which in part requires it to engage in multisectoral, multidirectional dialogue that explores crosscutting approaches to violence prevention.
  • Scaling Program Investments for Young Children Globally ... Released: May 14, 2015
    On November 11, 2014, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, in partnership with Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal (FMCSV) in São Paulo, Brazil, held a 1-day workshop. The purpose of this interactive public workshop was to highlight efforts made to scale program investments across health, education, nutrition, and social protection that aim to improve children’s developmental potential.
  • Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on ... Released: April 22, 2015
    In 2013, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held two workshops on IPE. At these workshops, a number of questions were raised, the most important of which was “What data and metrics are needed to evaluate the impact of IPE on individual, population, and system outcomes?” To answer this question, the Forum’s 47 individual sponsors requested that an IOM consensus committee be convened to examine the existing evidence on this complex issue and consider the potential design of future studies that could expand this evidence base.
  • Emerging Viral Diseases: The One Health Connection ... Released: March 26, 2015
    Over the course of more than two decades, beginning with the landmark report Microbial Threats to Health in the United States (IOM, 1992), the Forum on Microbial Threats and its predecessors within the Institute of Medicine have examined the growing body of research on Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and the growing list of diseases that fit this description.