About Publications

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.


  • Gulf War and Health: Volume 11: Generational Health Effects ... Released: November 28, 2018
    In response to health concerns of Gulf War veterans, Congress in 1998 directed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to evaluate the scientific and medical literature regarding associations between illness and exposure to the toxic agents, environmental and wartime hazards, and preventive medicines and vaccines associated with Gulf War service.
  • Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018) : Health and ... Released: November 15, 2018
    This report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018), presents the committee’s analysis of peer-reviewed, scientific reports published between September 30, 2014, and December 31, 2017, about associations between various health outcomes and exposure to TCDD and other chemicals in the herbicides used in Vietnam. The report also takes into account information from the existing evidence base.
  • Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape ... Released: October 22, 2018
    To gain a better understanding of the health communication challenges among older adults and their professional and family caregivers and how those challenges affect the care older adults receive, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults.
  • Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health ... Released: September 20, 2018
    The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement convened a workshop in Oakland, California on December 7th, 2017 to explore tax policy focusing on taxes, credits, policy design considerations, and redirecting resources to support population health interventions.
  • Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health: Proceedings of ... Released: August 30, 2018
    On November 28, 2017, in Oakland, California, a workshop held by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity, titled Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health, explored the complex interactions between immigration and health disparities.
  • Building the Case for Health Literacy: Proceedings of a ... Released: July 26, 2018
    To understand the extent to which health literacy has been shown to be effective at contributing to the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of communities, providing better care, providing affordable care, and improving the experience of the health care team, the Roundtable on Health Literacy established an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a public workshop on building the case for health literacy.
  • Faith–Health Collaboration to Improve Population Health ... Released: July 24, 2018
    Faith plays a variety of roles in the context of health improvement: as a place, social structure, partner, and intervention. The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop on faith–health collaboration in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 22, 2018. The workshop concisely summarized here did not explore aspects of the relationship between faith and health such as the efficacy of prayer or of congregation-based health interventions. Rather, presentations showcased the potential and, in some cases, the value, as demonstrated in improved outcomes, of community faith-based entities working as partners with health-sector organizations.
  • Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use ... Released: July 13, 2018
    The opioid epidemic is changing the epidemiology of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious disease. To address the infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis, a public workshop titled Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic was convened on March 12 and 13, 2018.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Evaluating the Evidence for ... Released: July 11, 2018
    The report addresses a fundamental question: To what extent have permanent supportive housing programs improved health outcomes and affected health care costs in people experiencing homelessness? The report also describes policy and program barriers that affect the ability to bring the permanent supportive housing programs and other housing models to scale to address housing and health care needs.
  • Exploring Early Childhood Care and Education Levers to ... Released: May 30, 2018
    Early care and education programs and providers are ideally suited to partnering with public health and health care organizations to help achieve the shared goals of healthy child development. There are many challenges to tackle and opportunities to maximize on the path to collaboration and improved outcomes, including in preparing and supporting an effective workforce, in financing, and ensuring equity.