Pew’s Health Initiatives

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Pew’s Health Initiatives

The Pew Charitable Trusts is working to protect the health of all Americans through a variety of projects, conducting fact-based research and seeking nonpartisan policy solutions. From stemming the rising tide of opioid overdose deaths to reducing risks from foodborne pathogens, Pew endeavors to improve the public’s health and well-being.

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Antibiotics and Innovation
Antibiotics and Innovation
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Antibiotic Resistance Project

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose an urgent and growing public health threat. The more we use existing antibiotics, the less effective these life-saving drugs become. Pew supports policies and research that spur the creation of new antibiotics to defeat resistant infections; ensure that antibiotics are prescribed for human use only when necessary; and reduce the need for antibiotics in food animals.

Children's Dental Policy
Children's Dental Policy
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Dental Campaign

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Sixty-three million Americans live in areas with dentist shortages, and only about one-third of U.S. dentists offer care for the 63 million children and adults who rely on Medicaid and other public insurance. Pew works to increase the number of available dental providers and expand the reach of preventive services.

Drug Safety Project
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Drug Safety Project

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Pew works to protect patients from the risks of drugs produced under dangerous and illegal conditions. We focus on compounded drugs—medications made by pharmacists or physicians for people whose needs cannot be met by FDA-approved products and aim to ensure that patients have safe, reliable access to these medicines.

Specialty Drugs
Specialty Drugs
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Drug Spending Research Initiative

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Annual spending on prescription drugs exceeds $450 billion and is projected to outpace growth in other parts of the U.S. health care sector over the next decade. Pew’s drug spending research initiative examines the underlying drivers of rising prescription drug costs and identifies policy options to better manage spending on these products.

Health Care Products
Health Care Products
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Health Care Products

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A broad range of medical and other products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration account for up to a quarter of all U.S. consumer spending. Pew complements its work supporting drug safety and effective and efficient regulation of medical devices by focusing attention on over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, and regenerative medicine to safeguard consumers and patients.

Health Impact Project
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Health Impact Project

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Pew, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working on a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments, a flexible, data-driven approach that helps decision-makers identify the health consequences of new policies and develop practical strategies to enhance their benefits and minimize their adverse effects.

Health IT
Health IT
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Health Information Technology

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The transition from paper to electronic health records has not reached its full potential to enhance health care coordination and improve patient safety. Pew is conducting research to address this challenge and working with stakeholders to help ensure that digital records are accurately matched to each patient, medical information can be effectively exchanged among hospitals and clinicians, and that the design and use of electronic health records does not lead to unintended harm.

End of Life
End of Life
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Improving End-of-Life Care

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As a result of advances in public health and the development of lifesaving medical technology, Americans live longer than ever. Death, when it comes, often follows a chronic or progressive illness.

Kids Safe and Healthful Food
Kids Safe and Healthful Food
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Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

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The Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, provided nonpartisan analysis and evidence-based recommendations on policies that affect the safety and healthfulness of school foods. The project concluded its work in 2017.

Medical Device Initiative
Medical Device Initiative
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Medical Device Initiative

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Pew's medical device initiative worked to install rigorous testing and timely oversight of medical technologies to help ensure the safety of the public.

Safe Food
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Safe Food Project

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Food contaminated with pathogens cause an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually in the United States. Pew is working to modernize the U.S. food safety system for meat and poultry so that it better reflects current risks to human health and relies on evidence-based policies and technological advancements.

Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative promo
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Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

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Substance use disorders and the harms associated with these diseases are a serious, growing public health problem. Nearly 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016. Pew develops and supports policies that would reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs while ensuring that patients have access to effective pain medication. .

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