Pew’s Health Initiatives

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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 supporting public health with real-time data, 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.

Biomedical Research
Biomedical Research
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Biomedical Research

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Since 1985, Pew has supported the groundbreaking research of promising early-career biomedical scientists in the United States and Latin America. Our multiyear grants encourage informed risk-taking and collaboration among researchers. Biomedical scholars and Latin American fellows often become mentors to the next generation of grant recipients, and many have won major scientific awards.

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pile of pills
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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.

HIP
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Health Impact Project

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Pew, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, encourages state, local, and national level organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education.

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.

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group therapy
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Mental Health and Justice Partnerships

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More than 2 million people with mental health conditions—including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and severe depression—are jailed each year, often for misdemeanor crimes. Three-quarters of these individuals have co-occurring substance use disorders.

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COVID vaccination site
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Public Health Data Improvement

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State and local public health officials need timely, comprehensive health data from hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinical labs to detect and respond to disease hot spots, contaminated food and water, and populations experiencing inequitable health outcomes such as higher rates of environmentally triggered conditions like asthma.

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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 48,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2017. 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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Suicide Risk Reduction Project

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Suicide is a growing public health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 47,500 people died by suicide in 2019—which translates to one death every 11 minutes—and more than 12 million adults had thoughts of suicide.

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