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Obesity affects millions of people in the United States. "Neither clinical nor environmental changes alone are sufficient to address a problem of this magnitude."

In a new NAM Perspective, authors propose that clinical and community systems must work together to prevent and manage this rising epidemic. Hear their thoughts on how we can best integrate care and ensure that persons with obesity can actively engage in actionable change to better their health:
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What are some promising solutions communities can use to advance health equity?

Find out this week at the report release event for Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity. This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will recommend strategies and solutions that communities may consider to expand opportunities to promote health equity.

Be the first to hear these recommendations by registering for the release event's live webcast:
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Every year in the United States, 400 physicians take their own lives — a rate more than double that of the general population. Physicians experience high rates of depression, burnout, and poor work-life balance. These challenges are not unique to physicians. Nurses and other clinicians experience similar effects on performance, health, and well-being. How can we ensure that our care workforce is healthy, resilient, and functioning to the best of its ability?

In response to these alarming rates of burnout, depression and suicide among U.S. health care workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching a wide-ranging action collaborative of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being and resilience. Learn more about this new collaborative and ways to get involved at
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Obesity continues to be a major issue for societies around the world. In the United States, obesity largely affects racial/ethnic minorities more than their white peers.

These differences in obesity trends are not chance occurrences. Social disadvantage intensifies exposures to obesity-promoting influences such as limited space for physical activity and inadequate resources for fresh, nutritious food. This continues to make obesity a health equity issue rather than simply one of health differences between populations.

How can we prevent obesity using a health equity lens? Shiriki Kumanyika (Drexel University) presents a new framework:
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Currently in the United States, the burdens of disease and poor health and the benefits of well-being and good health are inequitably distributed with negative consequences for the nation’s wellbeing, prosperity, and economic competitiveness.

Although some aspects of a person’s health status depend on individual behaviors and choice, health is also shaped by community-wide factors. In a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the committee identifies major elements of promising community-based solutions and their key policies, stakeholders, and other factors needed to be succesful.

Download the report for free now:

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Human trafficking is a public health problem.

Estimates suggest that there are over 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide in an industry that rakes in over $150 a year. Nearly 88% of these victims interact with the health care system at some point while they are being trafficked.

How are health care providers uniquely positioned to help victims of human trafficking?

In our interview with NAM fellow and human trafficking expert Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, she explains the power of framing human trafficking as a public issue and why she is motivated every day to end the practice for good:

The National Academy of Medicine's 2015-2017 American Board of Emergency Medicine fellow is Dr. Hanni Stoklosa. Dr. Stoklosa is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an expert on human trafficking. She co-founded HEAL Trafficking in 2013, an independent, ...
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We'll be counting down our Top 10 NAM Perspectives of 2016 over the next week! Follow along on Twitter starting tomorrow!
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Leadership, innovation, and impact for a healthier future

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies, the Institute of Medicine, and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

In addition to its honorific functions, the NAM administers fellowships, scholarships, and awards; hosts workshops, expert meetings, and symposia; and conducts programs to enrich the broader work of the academies. The NAM also publishes Perspectives, an expert commentary and discussion paper series.

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