Pandemic Preparedness: Moving Beyond Public Health

A pandemic is the global spread of an infectious disease. While Ebola didn't meet the definition, it revealed how little prepared we were to manage the risks in places like hospitals and airports both operationally and politically.

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In Renewable Energy, Latin America and the Caribbean Show What’s Possible

In the years ahead, the world's developed and emerging economies must accelerate their transition to renewable sources of energy if they are to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Two recent events underscore how countries in Latin America are doing just this and leading the way in reducing carbon emissions.

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Categories: Climate Change

Beyond Just a “Phase:” Acknowledging the Role of Diversity and Culture in Mental Health

In a piece for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections blog, Abt's Tara Earl reflects on the role that diversity and culture play in mental health.

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Categories: U.S. Health

Is Poverty Falling Over the Long Run?

While overall poverty has decreased recently, trends in the last decades differ widely across age groups. For an explanation, look to welfare reform and Social Security.

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Are Voters More Polarized? The Answer is Complicated

As we head into what seems to be one of the most vitriolic presidential elections in recent history, we need to ask ourselves a central question: Is the American electorate now more deeply divided than before, even polarized beyond repair?

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The Private Housing Market: Friend or Foe?

The high cost of housing combined with low and unreliable incomes can lead to a destabilizing cycle of missed rent payments and evictions for poor households. What policies could address this challenge?

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Using Behavioral Nudges to Increase the Use of Government Services

The idea of using behavioral theory - and especially low-cost "nudges" informed by behavioral science - to influence individuals' decisions has been attracting a lot of interest lately.

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Can Open Data Make Government More Transparent in Mexico?

An unprecedented effort is underway in Mexico to expand state and municipal adoption of open government practices. The more engaged citizens expect and use public data, the less likely that future governments will dare reverse hard-won victories.

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The Missed Opportunities between mHealth and mAgriculture

A recent ICTforAg event demonstrated how much of an opportunity there is for collaboration between mHealth and mAgriculture, both of which use mobile phones and wireless tools to advance their fields.

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When it Comes to Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Asking the Wrong Questions and Getting the Wrong Answers?

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, "Does publicly funded preschool work?" Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool "works" is harder than it sounds.

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Categories: Education