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.


  • Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for ... Released: September 15, 2016
    Despite the importance of eyesight, millions of people grapple with undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments—ranging from mild conditions to total blindness—and eye and vision health remain relatively absent from national health priority lists, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • Deriving Drug Discovery Value from Large-Scale Genetic ... Released: September 09, 2016
    Utilizing genetic and phenotypic information collected and stored in bioresources has the potential to enable more efficient drug discovery and precision medicine.
  • Neuroscience Trials of the Future: Proceedings of a Workshop ... Released: August 19, 2016
    On March 3–4, 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders held a workshop in Washington, DC, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for improving the integrity, efficiency, and validity of clinical trials for nervous system disorders.
  • Examining Access to Nutrition Care in Outpatient Cancer ... Released: August 15, 2016
    An ad hoc planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board convened a 1-day public workshop titled “Examining Access to Nutrition Care in Outpatient Cancer Centers,” to explore evolving interactions between nutritional care, cancer, and health outcomes.
  • Advancing the Science to Improve Population Health ... Released: August 11, 2016
    On September 30, 2015, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement hosted a workshop to explore the basic and translational research needs for population health science, and to discuss specific research priorities and actions to foster population health improvement.
  • Exploring Disaster Risk Reduction Through Community Level ... Released: August 10, 2016
    On April 21, 2016, the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop during the 2016 Preparedness Summit, a national conference on public health preparedness.
  • Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance ... Released: July 28, 2016
    The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop titled Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity in which speakers shared strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to advance racial and health equity.
  • Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and ... Released: July 18, 2016
    To better understand how the dynamic forces operating in health care today impact the delivery of services in a way that is health literate, culturally competent, and in an appropriate language for patients and their families, the Roundtable on Health Literacy established an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a public workshop on the integration of health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services.
  • Health Risks of Indoor Exposure to Particulate Matter ... Released: July 06, 2016
    The health effects of outdoor exposure to particulate matter (PM) are the subject of both research attention and regulatory action. Although much less studied to date, indoor exposure to PM—which can result from particles infiltrating from the outdoors and from various indoor sources including candles, cooking, and smoking—is gaining attention as a potential source of adverse health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to hold a workshop examining what is known about indoor exposure to PM, examining sources of particles, their interaction with other elements of the indoor environment, exposure levels indoors, potential health concerns, ways to limit exposure, vulnerable populations, and means of communicating exposure risks and strategies to reduce exposures.
  • The Role of Business in Multisector Obesity Solutions ... Released: June 29, 2016
    n April 12, 2016, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions convened a 1-day workshop in Washington, DC, to examine the role of the business sector in obesity solutions. The goal of the workshop was threefold: (1) explore why companies should be involved in obesity solutions and how to encourage them to do so; (2) identify reasons why businesses might be interested in being involved in obesity solutions; (3) identify ways in which business can be engaged in obesity solutions.