Conflicts of Patient-Caregiver Communication and Some Workable Solutions

Collins V. Conflicts of patient-caregiver communication and some workable solutions. Harvard Public Health Review. 2019;23. Abstract Health communication is a central topic in public health, especially due to the Affordable Care Act and subsequent changes in insurance policies which affect caregivers and healthcare systems. Poor communication skills in life leads to a myriad of issues, in […]

Food Stamp Policy is Failing. Here’s Why.

Plevyak C. Food Stamp policy is failing. Here’s why. Harvard Public Health Review. 2019;22.  Nearly 12% of Americans struggle to put food on the table.[1.Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C. A., & Singh, A. (2018, September). Household Food Security in the United States in 2017. Retrieved from https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/90023/err-256.pdf?v=0v] The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), […]

CVS-Aetna Merger: Benefiting Consumers’ Health, If Not Their Pocketbooks

Gallori C. CVS-Aetna merger: benefitting consumers’ health, if not their pocketbooks. Harvard Public Health Review. 2019;22 In October 2018, the Justice Department gave preliminary approval for the merger of CVS Heath, a multi-billion dollar pharmacy company, and Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, two giants in a field that is rapidly consolidating.[1.Justice Department […]

Is Advertising a Social Determinant of Health—You Bet!

Herbert-Magee S. Is advertising a social determinant of health—you bet! Harvard Public Health Review. 2019;22. As a 1980s child growing up in a drug-infested housing project, mass advertising by hospitals and insurance companies had no bearing on my community. On the airwaves, private hospitals promoted state-of-the-art facilities and rehabilitation centers.  TV commercials touted porcelain, well-heeled, […]

The Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts: Can Current Legislation Address New Challenges?

Gumidyala S. The opioid epidemic in Massachusetts: can current legislation address new challenges? Harvard Public Health Review. 2019;22. In 2016, Massachusetts had an opioid related death rate of about 33 for every 100,000 people, one of the highest rates among all 50 states, and much higher than the national average of about 20.[1.Drug Overdose Mortality […]