Health policy

Driving equity in health care: Lessons from COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has forced health care organizations to confront the inequities in their systems, particularly those affecting immigrants and communities of color. But once the disparities are acknowledged, what practical steps can be taken to address them?

The cost of chronic pain

Laura Kiesel


Even with comprehensive insurance, people with chronic conditions must shoulder the costs of many treatment-related expenses that are not covered because they are considered complementary or alternative therapies.

Why vaccines are important for our country’s financial health, too

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Vaccinating babies and toddlers prevents many illnesses, but it also helps the avoid high costs associated with treating those illnesses, helps reduce sick time taken by parents, and contributes to greater immunity in a population.

Where do the candidates stand on the health and well-being of children?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Take the time to become informed on the each candidate’s policies and plans to support and protect children. The American Academy of Pediatrics asked the presidential candidates to answer four questions on children’s health and well-being. The answers should be important to all voters.