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Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

May 8, 2012

Based on an evaluation of obesity prevention strategies, outlines goals and recommendations in the areas of physical activity, food and beverage choices, messaging, a focus on schools, and the roles of healthcare providers, insurers, and employers.

For the Public's Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability

December 9, 2010

Outlines a framework for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of population health data that help assess the social, economic, and environmental factors affecting health to increase clinical effectiveness and enhance government accountability.

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making

April 23, 2010

Provides an overview of the L.E.A.D. framework (Locate evidence, Evaluate it, Assemble it, and inform Decisions) for using evidence in decision making about obesity prevention policies and programs as well as for generating new, relevant evidence.

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity

September 2, 2009

Offers guidance on policy and programmatic actions local governments can take, with community input, to promote healthy eating and physical activity and to ensure equal opportunities for healthy living in low-income neighborhoods. Profiles best practices.

America's Uninsured Crisis

February 24, 2009

Reviews the factors behind downward trends in health coverage, the harmful effects of uninsurance on personal well-being and health, and the influence of communities' high uninsurance rates on the health care of the insured. Recommends reforms.

The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the New Administration

December 15, 2008

Outlines the need for making a commitment to improving global health an integral part of U.S. foreign policy. Suggestions include creating a White House Interagency Committee on Global Health and directing more funds to chronic disease programs.

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

May 19, 2008

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charged the ad hoc Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce.  This report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, served as a call for fundamental reform in the way the workforce is trained and used to care for older adults. The committee proposed a concurrent three-prong approach:  Enhance the geriatric competence of the entire workforceIncrease the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregiversImprove the way care is delivered