Category Archives: global health

The challenges of counting gun deaths

This interesting article crossed my desk recently, A Year of Gun Deaths: What Slate learned from trying, and failing, to record every death by gun in America since Newtown. It is a long piece that touches on many of the things that make population health metrics hard.

It also drew my attention to an IOM report on Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence. Gun deaths are a public health problem.

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IHME Seminar: Social Networks for Policy Change by Jessica Shearer

Speaking of cool IHME seminars, last month we heard one on a social network analysis of the health policy actors involved in national-level policy change. So cool: http://www.healthdata.org/video/policy-development-integrated-community-case-management-iccm-national-and-global-levels-mixed

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Gates Foundation and Open Access

This news crossed my desk recently, about the Gates Foundation pushing forward open access (OA) in 2015:

Interesting local OA news, although not UW of course. The Gates Foundation is implementing a OA mandate as of January 1, 2015:

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/how-we-work/general-information/open-access-policy

It’s a very progressive and strong policy. No opt-out, no embargo, no restricted access, etc. I like the open data element, which is also a step beyond typical OA policies, and relevant to reproducibility.

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Natl Academy Press: Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records

I get lots of strange email updates these days. Here is one about new publications from the National Academy, that may be of interest: Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records.

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Making the case with years not deaths

A report on Suicide Prevention crossed my desk recently, which includes a ranking in terms of deaths and in terms of years of life lost:

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Social pathways of EVD spread

Some of the most interesting stuff that has crossed my desk on the spread of Ebola codes from the anthropologists who have been working in West Africa for a long time:

http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/590-village-funerals-and-the-spread-of-ebola-virus-disease

http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2014/10/31/social-pathways-ebola-virus-disease-rural-sierra-leone-implications-containment/

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Exemplar Public Health Datasets

Here is an interesting resource to watch: The Exemplar Public Health Datasets Collection in Open Health Data. Large longitudinal cohorts for secondary data analysis, anyone?

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