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Earth: The Operators' Manual

Program 1 in the Earth: The Operators' Manual mini-series, hosted by award-winning geoscientist, Richard Alley. Explains the essential science of climate change, and the promise of renewable energy to provide for humans' need for energy. Introduces unusual suspects in the discussion of global warming, the US Pentagon and wind farmers in West Texas.
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The Fight Against Infectious Diseases

In this University of Michigan video, David Heymann, executive director of the World Health Organizations Communicable Diseases Cluster, discusses the challenges of fighting infectious diseases. What types of risks are there for people suffering from these diseases as well as for health workers? Heymann discusses infectious diseases and the wide-ranging effects it causes on economy and society at large. Infectious diseases cause more than 14 million deaths every year, the majority in developing countries. See how new partnership mechanisms can improve access to vaccines, drugs and other goods needed to control communicable diseases.
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"Culture Matters"

A documentary film on Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander behavioral health care. We travel to the South Pacific Island of American Samoa, the pristine wilderness of Alaska, and the continental United States talking with indigenous people and listening to their stories.Funded through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA, produced by Wide Angle Studios in association with First Nations Behavioral Health Association.

"Culture Matters" a documentary from Wide Angle Studios on Vimeo.


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Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process.
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What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.
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How the "Ghost Map" Helped End a Killer Disease

Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
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Video Focus

Africa: House Calls and Health Care

NOW travels to the village of Rwinkwavu to meet the Rwandan doctors, nurses and villagers who are teaming up with Boston-based Partners in Health and the Rwandan government to deliver medicine and medical counseling door-to-door. Would such an innovation work in America? More.

Public Health 101

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process. More.

Epidemiology & BioStatistics

How the "Ghost Map" Helped End a Killer Disease

Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society. More.

Health Behavior

What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. More.

Health Services

Africa: House Calls and Health Care

NOW travels to the village of Rwinkwavu to meet the Rwandan doctors, nurses and villagers who are teaming up with Boston-based Partners in Health and the Rwandan government to deliver medicine and medical counseling door-to-door. Would such an innovation work in America? More.

Community Health

The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health- Workshop

There is a large and diverse body of practical work and research demonstrating that authentic community engagement is a critical ingredient in efforts to improve the social determinants of health and the built environment, said David Kindig, the emeritus vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and a co-chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

On April 10, 2014, the Roundtable held a public workshop at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles which featured invited speakers from community groups that have taken steps to improve the health of their communities. For background, Kindig referred participants to the brief summary of a related roundtable workshop held in December 2013, Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity: Workshop In Brief (IOM, 2014). The April 10, 2014, workshop, titled The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health, was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships between community and institutional actors (e.g., universities, public health agencies).

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Environmental Health

How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. More.

Global Health

Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives

Health and life expectancy in poor countries have improved rapidly over a short time, contributing to a more prosperous, stable, and productive world. The United States has been a part of this success and therefore has an interest in protecting the health gains of the past few decades. In addition, the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has drawn attention to the consequences of neglecting health systems development, as a strong health system allows for prompt response to pandemic threats and draws on the same skills and infrastructure that support routine health care. Vulnerabilities in this system pose financial, political, and health risks to developing countries and, in a larger sense, to the world.

An IOM study looked at how health systems improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make donor investment in health sustainable. The resulting report stresses the importance of the health system in making transformative investments that support health in developing countries, and outlines a broad donor strategy that can make effective use of the United States’ comparative advantage in science and technology to improve health for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information, click here.
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