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Public Health NutritionPublic Health Nutrition: Essentials for Practitioners

Edited by Jessica Jones-Smith

Nutrition is a fundamental building block for optimal health. In this essential textbook, Jessica Jones-Smith presents readers with a balanced introduction to the field of public health nutrition. Examining common nutrition-related problems in both high- and low-income countries, Jones-Smith allows students to draw connections between the principles and realities of public health nutrition. She also describes the fundamental tools of public health nutrition, from nutrition assessment to program monitoring and evaluation, as well as current and future solutions for public health nutrition's most pressing issues.

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LGBTQ Health ResearchLGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

edited by Ron Stall, PhD, MPH, Brian Dodge, PhD, José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH, Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, and Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH

The first book focused entirely on the growing field of LGBTQ health research, this volume provides the necessary public health tools to teach about and study LGBTQ populations effectively. Developed for graduate students in public health and health sciences—but perfect for anyone interested in this topic—this book will fill current gaps in research and provide the necessary public health tools to teach about and study LGBTQ populations effectively.

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An Introduction to the US Health Care IndustryAn Introduction to the US Health Care Industry: Balancing Care, Cost, and Access

David S. Guzick, MD, PhD

Why does US health care have such high costs and poor outcomes? Dr. David S. Guzick offers this critique of the American health care industry and argues that it could work more effectively by rebalancing care, cost, and access. Bringing to bear his unique background as a physician, economist, former University of Rochester medical school dean, and former president of the University of Florida Health System, Dr. Guzick points out that what we commonly refer to as the US health care "system" can be more accurately thought of as an industry, historically forged by an internationally unique collection of self-interested and disjointed stakeholders. 

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Narrative MattersNarrative Matters: Writing to Change the Health Care System, second edition

Edited by Jessica Bylander, Senior Editor, Health Affairs

Foreword by Abraham Verghese, MD

In this anthology, Jessica Bylander brings together the personal stories of the patients, physicians, caregivers, policy makers, and others whose writings add much-needed human context to health care decision making. Drawn from the popular "Narrative Matters" column in the leading health policy journal Health Affairs, this collection features essays by some of the leading minds in health care today, including Pulitzer Prize–winner Siddhartha Mukherjee, MacArthur fellow Diane Meier, former Planned Parenthood president Leana S. Wen, and former secretary of health and human services Louis W. Sullivan. 

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The Political Determinants of HealthThe Political Determinants of Health

Daniel E. Dawes

Foreword by David R. Williams

Daniel E. Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers—including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options—that affect all other dynamics of health. By understanding these determinants, their origins, and their impact on the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, we will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health gap.

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Health Disparities in the United StatesHealth Disparities in The United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health, third edition

Donald A. Barr, MD, PhD

Donald A. Barr's Health Disparities in the United States explores how socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity interact with socioeconomic inequality to create and perpetuate these health disparities. Examining the significance of this gulf for the medical community, cultural subsets, and society at large, Barr offers potential policy- and physician-based solutions for reducing health inequity in the long term.

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Governing HealthGoverning Health: The Politics of Health Policy, fifth edition

William G. Weissert and Carol S. Weissert

In this thoroughly updated edition, the authors describe how party polarization, a virulent anti-government movement, populist presidential politics, and the demise of "regular order" in Congress shape and define a new approach to health policy. This new edition of a highly respected book guides readers toward a deep understanding of modern health policy's complexities. Drawing on compelling current examples, Governing Health is a timely and essential book.

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Death By Regulation

Death by Regulation: How Bureaucrats Killed One of Obamacare's Promising Innovations

Peter L. Beilenson, MD, MPG

Death by Regulation tells the story of a group of Maryland-based public health professionals who launched the Evergreen Health Cooperative, only to discover that the ACA law encouraging CO-OPs was a "plastic plant"—a piece of legislation created for optics but never intended to be functional. Over most of its four years of existence, Evergreen succeeded against all odds. But in an ironic twist, it was bureaucratic hostility from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—the very Obama administration agency responsible for the CO-OPs—that led to their collective demise. The only book about these Obamacare CO-OPs and the obstacles they all faced, Death by Regulation offers an insider view of health policy and the reality of starting an insurance company from scratch.

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Poverty and the Myths of Health Care ReformPoverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform

Richard (Buz) Cooper, MD

The first book to address the fundamental nexus that binds poverty and income inequality to soaring health care utilization and spending, Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform is a must-read for medical professionals, public health scholars, politicians, and anyone concerned with the heavy burden of inequality on the health of Americans. Drawing on decades of research, Dr. Cooper illuminates the geographic patterns of poverty, wealth, and health care utilization that exist across neighborhoods, regions, and states—and among countries.

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Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships, third edition

Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships

W. Daniel Hale, PhD, Richard G. Bennett, MD, and Panagis Galiatsatos, MD

Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships presents an innovative approach to community-based health education and patient advocacy programs targeted at the prevention and management of disease. This latest edition, which has been thoroughly revised and updated, incorporates: new chapters on medical topics across the lifespan, including lung disease, kidney disease, and child and adolescent health issues; a thorough assessment of medical-religious partnerships that have emerged over the past twenty-five years; and a user-friendly website with downloadable resources—including an instructor’s guide, PowerPoint slides, and ready-made handouts.

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Introduction to US Health Policy

Introduction to US Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America, fourth edition

Donald A. Barr, MD, PhD

Barr’s comprehensive analysis explores the various organizations and institutions that make the US health care system work—or fail to work. He describes in detail the paradox of US health care—simultaneously the best in the world and one of the worst among developed countries—while introducing readers to broad cultural issues surrounding health care policy, such as access, affordability, and quality. The thoroughly updated edition of this widely adopted text focuses on the Affordable Care Act.

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Immunity

Immunity

William E. Paul, MD

Packed with illustrations, stories from Dr. William E. Paul’s distinguished career, and fascinating accounts of scientific discovery, Immunity presents the three laws of the human immune system—universality, tolerance, and appropriateness—and explains how the system both protects and harms us. From the tale of how smallpox was overcome and the lessons of the Ebola epidemic to the hope that the immune system can be used to treat or prevent cancer, Dr. Paul argues that we must take advantage of cutting-edge technologies and promising new tools in immunological research.

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Health Behavior Change in Populations

Health Behavior Change in Populations

edited by Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM, Peter J. Fagan, PhD, and Lawrence W. Green, DrPH

Health Behavior Change in Populations is designed to teach students and practitioners strategic principles for creating positive behavioral change on a population level. With an emphasis on the application of theory and research to practice, this textbook presents current and future public health professionals with a range of methods geared towards helping people make healthy choices, from informing the individual to modifying the surroundings and circumstances that drive decision-making.

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Barr coverIntroduction to Biosocial Medicine: The Social, Psychological, and Biological Determinants of Human Behavior and Well-Being

Donald A. Barr, MD, PhD

Introduction to Biosocial Medicine explains the determinants of human behavior and the overwhelming impact of behavior on health. Drawing on both recent and historical research, the book combines the study of the biology of humans with the social and psychological aspects of human behavior. Dr. Barr, a sociologist as well as physician, illustrates how the biology of neurons, the intricacies of the human mind, and the power of broad social forces all influence individual perceptions and responses.

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