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Seven mistakes and potential solutions in epidemiology, including a call for a World Council of Epidemiology and Causality

R S Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health, Public Health Sciences Section Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK Emerging Themes in Epidemiology – December 2009, 6:6doi:10.1186/1742-7622-6-6

Available online at: http://www.ete-online.com/content/pdf/1742-7622-6-6.pdf

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Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems: Conceptual Framework

The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 15(1), 2010, Article 2.

  “……The healthcare industry has experienced a proliferation of innovations aimed at enhancing life expectancy, quality of life, diagnostic and treatment options, as well as the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the healthcare system.


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The Promise of Prevention: The Effects of Four Preventable Risk Factors on National Life Expectancy and Life Expectancy Disparities by Race and County in the United States

“….There has been substantial research on psychosocial and health care determinants of health disparities in the United States (US) but less on the role of modifiable risk factors.
We estimated the effects of smoking, high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose, and adiposity on national life expectancy and on disparities in life expectancy and disease-specific mortality among eight subgroups of the US population (the ‘‘Eight Americas’’) defined on the basis of race and the location and socioeconomic characteristics of county of residence…..

Available online at: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000248

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The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States

“…..This study, commissioned by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and carried out by leading researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, provides insight into how much of a financial burden racial disparities are putting on our health care system and society at large.

The researchers examined the direct costs associated with the provision of care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as the indirect costs of health inequities such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, family leave, and premature death….”


Pandemic Influenza as 21st Century Urban Public Health Crisis

David M. Bell, Isaac B. Weisfuse, Mauricio Hernandez-Avila, Carlos del Rio, Xinia Bustamante, and Guenael Rodier

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Helping chronically ill or disabled people into work: what can we learn from international comparative analyses?

Final report to the Public Health Research Programme, Department of Health – UK  Revised 28 April 2009 version

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Developing Countries in the World Economy: The Future in the Past?

Deepak Nayyar is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi WIDER Annual Lecture 12, which was delivered in Helsinki - February 2009 UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) - Helsinki, Finland.

The recent decline of inequality in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru

Luis F. Lopez-Calva, UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America
Nora Lustig, Tulane University and Center for Global Development
ECINEQ WP 2009 – 140
The Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) – October 2009

ADePT Software Platform for Automated Economic Analysis Poverty and Inequality Research

ADePT Health allows users to produce quickly and with a minimal risk of errors most tables that have become standard in applied health equity analysis. The tables emerge in a standardized format, and are based on a set of methods that are widely accepted in the literature. Through its standardized tables, ADePT Health facilitates comparisons of health equity over time within countries, and between countries.

The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights
Irene Khan - Amnesty International Secretary General – 2009
Website: http://www.theunheardtruth.com/

Programa de certificado de Epidemiologia para gerentes de Salud Basado en Internet

La Escuela Bloomberg de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Johns Hopkins con la colaboración de la OPS ha iniciado un convenio para la creación de de un consorcio con diversas instituciones académicas de salud publica de America Latina y España para continuar ofreciendo en español el Programa de Certificado en Epidemiología para Gerentes de Salud Publica basado en Internet.

Información proporcionada por: Jarbas Barbosa, MD MPH PhD - Manager Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control (HSD) - Pan American Health Organization – PAHO/WHO


Growing Pains in Latin America: An Economic Growth Framework as Applied to: Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru

Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, is an expert on financial services and the development impact of global financial flows.
Center for Global Development -  September 2009

Parallel trade and affordable access to medicines

Eurohealth Volume 15 Number 2, 2009 - 18 September 2009

Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector

World Health Organization, Department of Gender, Women and Health, 2009 - 108 pages (English) ISBN 978 92 4 159719 7

Global patterns of mortality in young people: a systematic analysis of population health data

The Lancet:
Volume 374, Issue 9693, 12 September 2009

“……More than 2•5 million young people aged 10–24 years die worldwide each year, many from preventable causes. An Article in The Lancet examines patterns of mortality in this age group in a global systematic analysis. Also this week, an Article on Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccination in young children, and an Article examining burden of disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in children under 5 years of age…..”

Medicine and public health in a multiethnic world

Raj Bhopal, Alexander Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health  Public Health Sciences, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh Journal of Public Health Advance Access published on July 7, 2009. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdp069

Second IEA Capacity Building Conference for the Global South
Epidemiologic course, sponsored by the International Epidemiologic Association (IEA), will be addressing two sets of inequities: research relationships & capacities of the global North & South, and also epidemiological concepts & methods relevant to analyzing health inequities, as stated below "with the aim of producing knowledge and evidence that can be used to reduce these inequities and improve population health" --

Collaborating Centers of Excellence Set to Combat Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries
UnitedHealth and the NHLBI Collaborating Centers of Excellence - 2009

Polio Eradication: Strengthening The Weakest Links

Scott Barrett, Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University Health Affairs, July-August  Volume 28, no. 4 (2009): 1079-1090 - - Delivering On Global Health  Issue Abstract: http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/4/1079 
“…..Polio eradication, like all eradication efforts, is a gamble. If it fails, much of the money spent will have been wasted. If it succeeds, the world will reap a dividend. Success or failure and the magnitude of the dividend depend on a long chain of "weakest links."

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The Unfinished Public Health Agenda of Chagas Disease in the Era of Globalization

Carlos Franco-Paredes1,2*, Maria Elena Bottazzi3,4, Peter J. Hotez3,4

1 Hospital Infantil de Mexico, Federico Gomez, Mexico, D.F., Mexico, 2 Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 3 Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA , 4 Sabin Vaccine  Institute, Washington, D.C., USA.

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Social Medicine - Vol 4, No 2 (2009)

The Economic Crisis and Public Health
Barry S Levy, Victor Sidel 

Lessons from Mexico’s H1N1 Influenza Outbreak
Latin American Social Medicine Association, Mexico Region, A.

Attacking Inequality in the Health Sector - A Synthesis of Evidence and Tools

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank – 2009

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Performance Incentives for Global Health: Potential and Pitfalls

Rena Eichler, Ruth Levine, and the Performance-Based Incentives Working Group Center for Global Development, 2009
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Influenza A (H1N1) - Lessons Learned and Preparedness for the Future

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico • July 1 to 3, 2009

Influenza A (H1N1) - Lessons Learned and Preparedness for the Future will be an opportunity for Ministers and experts to analyze what happened and evaluate how we are dealing with the pandemic influenza A (H1N1).

This International event will share and analyze the experiences and opinions of the Ministers and experts from the five Continents. The exchange of ideas and lessons will contribute and show the world how to face future challenges.