Advancing public policy is a core component of the mission of the
Department of Medicine, on a par with teaching, clinical care
and research. We work to provide non-partisan scientific data to
support public policy that focuses on the fundamental issues of health
and healthcare. Department of Medicine faculty members are already
leaders in the development of public policy at the local, regional,
state, national and international levels. Our influence extends beyond
health policy, broadly affecting areas related to the well-being of
individuals and entire communities.
During the spring of 2011 the Department of Medicine faculty were
surveyed about their work in public policy. They were asked to
categorize their effort into three main domains: research in public
policy, direct work with policymakers and work with groups that
advocate for policy change. Among
the more than 200 respondents, over half (corresponding to more than
20% of the Department's total faculty) reported that they
are involved in at least one of the three activities. 51, or
about 10% of the entire Department's faculty, have published
research related to public policy, 67 have worked directly with
policymakers and 93 are working with advocacy organizations to promote
public policy change.
Department faculty have authored more than 700 peer reviewed articles on public policy.
Find recent examples of our work to advance healthcare public policy in our newsletter, the Frontiers of Medicine.