Innovation has propelled our economy forward for decades. The quality and diversity of our food supply is the envy of many nations. New and better drugs improve and extend our lives in ways inconceivable a generation ago. Advances in manufacturing have led to modern consumer products that make every day easier.

Many products have inherent risks—knives can cut, stoves can burn and cars can collide—and responsible consumers are expected to protect themselves from obvious hazards. Yet, some items come with unnecessary risks that can jeopardize the health and well being of Americans. Health threats are particularly unacceptable when unknown to consumers. 

Based on research and critical analysis, Pew seeks to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. It advocates policies that reduce potentially dangerous health risks in consumer, medical and food products and services.

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  • Biomedical Research

    Pew’s work in emerging science supports high-quality, rigorous science that improves human health and informs sound policy making. Two core programs are the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences and the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences.
  • Food Safety

    Improving the safety and nutrition of the nation’s food supply is important for all Americans. Our research advances policies to reduce foodborne illness, improve the nutritional quality and safety of school meals, decrease the overuse of antibiotics in industrial farming, and minimize the health risks associated with chemical additives in food.
  • Medical Safety

    Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of drugs and medical devices many Americans depend on is critical to protecting human health. Our research advances policies to improve medical innovation, ensure safe use of drugs and devices, and improve manufacturing and post-market safety.
  • Health Impact Assessment

    A Health Impact Assessment is a type of study that helps policy makers identify and address the likely health impacts of a decision in a field outside of health.

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