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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.


  • Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and ... Released: August 13, 2018
    On May 7th, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions hosted a workshop that explored the challenges posed by obesity and overweight in the armed forces and opportunities to overcome them.
  • Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building ... Released: August 03, 2018
    To identify and understand approaches to aligning health care system incentives with the American public’s need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a 2-day public workshop on March 20 and 21, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Impact of the Global Medical Supply Chain on SNS ... Released: July 18, 2018
    An ad hoc committee organized a public workshop, held on August 28, 2017, to explore the current state of the global supply chain as it relates to Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) assets, and the role of communications in mitigating supply chain risks in enhancing the resilience of medical countermeasure (MCM) distribution efforts.
  • 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.
  • Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging ... Released: July 06, 2018
    On March 6, 2018, the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL), held a public workshop to explore and advance efforts to identify and evaluate the potential effects of emerging neurotechnologies on the legal system.
  • Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built ... Released: June 15, 2018
    The built environment—the physical world made up of the homes, buildings, streets, and infrastructure within which we all live, work, and play—underwent changes during the 20th and 21st centuries. These changes contributed to a sharp decline in physical activity and affected access to healthy foods, which have added to the weight gain observed among Americans in recent decades. As such, policies and practices that affect the built environment could affect obesity rates in the United States and improve the health of Americans.
  • Urbanization and Slums: Infectious Diseases in the Built ... Released: June 08, 2018
    On December 12-13, the Forum on Microbial Threats, in collaboration with the Board on Life Sciences hosted a workshop examining "Urbanization and Slums: New Transmission Pathways of Infectious Diseases in the Built Environment."