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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.


  • Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine ... Released: November 10, 2016
    The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) aims to develop new approaches for detecting, measuring, and analyzing a wide range of biomedical information including molecular, genomic, cellular, clinical, behavioral, physiological, and environmental parameters, is intended to enable a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers, and patients work together to develop individualized care. An important challenge to assembling the research cohort needed for this initiative is reaching individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
  • Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment: Data ... Released: October 11, 2016
    The Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene an ad hoc committee to identify social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs. The committee's work will be conducted in phases and will produce five brief consensus reports.
  • Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of ... Released: September 26, 2016
    Two divisions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), held a joint workshop, Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation on June 6–7, 2016, to examine partnerships, data, and measurement at the intersection of the health care and transportation sectors.
  • The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a ... Released: August 30, 2016
    Public-private partnerships are critical for a nation’s economic vitality, as demonstrated by the Affordable Care Act where community benefits have contributed to economic growth and health.
  • Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful ... Released: August 26, 2016
    To examine the barriers to participation in clinical trials and ways of overcoming those barriers, the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities held a workshop, on April 9, 2015, titled “Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials.”
  • Engaging the Private Sector and Developing Partnerships to ... Released: August 25, 2016
    Recognizing the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in setting global development priorities for the next 15 years, on June 23–24, 2016, the Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety (PPP Forum) held a public workshop titled “Engaging the Private Sector and Developing Partnerships to Advance Health and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
  • 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.
  • Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment ... Released: July 13, 2016
    The Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene an ad hoc committee to identify social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs.
  • Advancing Health Equity for Native American Youth ... Released: July 08, 2016
    More than 2 million Americans below age 24 self-identify as being of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. Many of the serious behavioral, emotional, and physical health concerns facing young people today are especially prevalent with Native youth (e.g., depression, violence, and substance abuse). Arrayed against these health problems are vital cultural strengths on which Native Americans can draw.
  • Exploring Shared Value in Global Health and Safety ... Released: June 20, 2016
    A 2-day public workshop, held by the PPP Forum, explored the evolution of private sector in engagement in global health, and illuminated its impacts and potential impacts on global health stakeholders and the field broadly. The workshop examined this evolution and impacts through the perspectives of companies as well as other implementers of global health initiatives, such as nonprofit organizations, foundations, and development agencies.