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Dr. C. Everett Koop Perspective on Health Care Reform

Michael D McDonald
Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, facilitated health care reform in the United States during the 1990s. In conversations with Dr. McDonald, Dr. Koop recommends five important health care reform considerations.


Health and Environment


Health and Community Design


Disease surveillance

US Needs a National Disease Surveillance System

Author: Neal Versel, Information Week
The United States needs a national system of public-health surveillance to improve prevention and treatment of widespread chronic diseases, according to the Institute of Medicine. And that system should take advantage of all the information available in electronic medical records, insurance claims, patient-compiled data, and even death records.



Indicators of Health


Health and Resilience

THRIVE: Toolkit for Health & Resilience In Vulnerable Environments Final Project Report - Executive Summary (pdf)

THRIVE helps communities bolster factors that will improve health outcomes and reduce disparities experienced
by racial and ethnic minorities. It provides a framework for community members, coalitions, public health practitioners, and local decision-makers to identify factors associated with poor health outcomes in communities of color, engage
relevant stakeholders, and take action to remedy the disparities.

Resilience Health in a New Key - Arizona Health Futures 2003 (pdf)

Considers how a focus on resilience can inform and energize the goal of better health for all of us, we build on the work of
others in such fields as psychology, ecology, community development and integrative systems design.

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