Five Insights on How Governance Can Help Build a Responsive Health Workforce

Abt Associates hosted an event in January to learn about ongoing global initiatives in building responsive community health systems and how they connect to governance and achieving universal health coverage.

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Big Data, Idealism, and Vaporware: Looking Back at Blockchain in 2017 and Ahead to 2018

I've led an interesting life, but my work with blockchain in the last 12 months has been the most interesting period yet. Here's what happened in 2017 in blockchain and what I think will in 2018.

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Categories: Technologies

Staying in Touch with Research Subjects Can Help Prevent Selection Bias in Prospective Cohort Studies

To combat selection bias in long-term studies, researchers need to maintain a cohort of at least 80-90 percent of those who originally enrolled. But this takes time, effort, training, and sometimes a little lip balm.

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NFL’s Carlos Dunlap Tackles Bullying and Promotes Literacy

Recently Abt’s Helga Luest interviewed NFL player Carlos Dunlap about his efforts to fight bullying and improve literacy. He began a campaign after he heard about a bullied child in Cincinnati who took his own life.

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Categories: U.S. Health

A Hands-On Approach to Challenging Myths about Homelessness

This month, with the release of new data on homelessness in the U.S., we are reminded that each data point in the report is a person and that everyone can do something about homelessness.

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What is the Economic Impact of Infant Exposure to Arsenic in Rice Cereals in the U.S.?

Countless news stories and media coverage have been devoted to the health impacts of lead in drinking water. Now, a lesser-known issue, the health impact of arsenic in rice, is getting more and more attention, and deservedly so.

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The Youth Boom: Strategies to Empower Young People Worldwide

The global youth boom is dramatically affecting the developing world, especially in Africa, where 10 million young people enter the labor market annually. How are young people being integrated into program design and implementation?

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Bullying is a Public Health Issue in America, Especially for Sikh-American Children

The negative consequences of bullying has the attention of many federal agencies, community organizations and socially minded entrepreneurs who work together and convene to discuss new research, concerning data and creative approaches to prevention.

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Categories: U.S. Health

Gaming the System: User Experience for Governance

While much of the technical support in governance is poured into making a project robust and innovative, little if any attention is given to the users. User Experience (UX) methods can be a solution to improve these programs.

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What Have We Learned about Housing Recovery After Disaster Strikes?

The 2017 and 2005 hurricane seasons have many similarities, so we are revisiting findings from evaluations we conducted after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to summarize what worked in housing people who lost homes in the storms.

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