AHE Blog

The State of the Union and Innovation in Molecular Diagnostics

During the U.S. “State of the Union” address this past week, President Obama devoted some time to emphasizing the importance of “personalized medicine,” referring to the rapid pace of innovation and the high expectations for the role molecular diagnostics in the U.S. health care system: “”I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome […]

The Long Reach of a Devastating Virus

As a follow-up to our previous blog (October 2014), we are revisiting the topic of Ebola because this public health crisis has drawn attention to two very important public health issues: (1) the ever-present global danger of infectious diseases, and (2) the critical role of the public health and health system infrastructures in preventing and […]

Health Care Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

The recent Ebola epidemic in Africa has served as a reminder of the vulnerability of public health systems in handling unexpected health problems, especially when basic access to care and day-to-day health problems remain a challenge. Unlike its northern counterpart, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to experience a disproportionate burden of disease, influenced by the intersection […]

Environmental Health Update: Ending our Love Affair with Styrofoam

For over 50 years, the food industry has used Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) food service products for a variety of food and beverage service needs. EPS, commonly known as Styrofoam, is cheap and durable, so it seems ideal for takeout food or your hot cup of to-go coffee. But you might want to rethink drinking your […]

What are the Health Consequences of Psychiatric Hospital Closures?

Over the past 50 years, 95% of the country’s state psychiatric hospital population have been closed down, leaving fewer than 200 hospitals to provide care to those living with mental illnesses (Fisher et al. 2009). Between 2009 and 2011 alone, states cumulatively cut more than $1.8 billion from their budgets for services for children and […]

Return-on-Investment of Workplace Health Promotion Programs

Recent healthcare reforms in the U.S. and abroad have emphasized the value of meaningful and effective preventative care and health promotion. Corporations are taking note, and, as a result, there has been a significant rise in the number of corporate wellness programs popping up. Under recent healthcare legislation in the U.S., there are tax incentives […]

E-Cigarettes and Tobacco Policy

1. What is an E-Cig? The “e-cig” is an electronic cigarette that is used to simulate the experience of smoking that has a cartridge with a heater that vaporizes liquid nicotine instead of burning tobacco. Having become a seemingly overnight sensation, governments in both Europe and the United States are struggling with how to regulate […]