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
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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
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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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Health Impact Project

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The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encouraged local, state, and national organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. Research shows that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play influence their health, so the project also worked to create cross-sector partnerships that included the expertise of health care and public health systems.

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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

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Suicide is a growing public health problem in the United States. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that more than 49,000 people died by suicide in 2022—the highest number of suicide deaths ever recorded in the U.S.

Recent Work

Spotlight on Mental Health

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

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Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

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Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
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Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.