NPHF White Papers
Quality, accessible healthcare is made possible through health policies that support change and innovation. The NPHF commissions and publishes white papers to inform policy makers about relevant healthcare issues.
Two inter-related public health problems in the United States have reached levels where they can no longer be ignored. The first is the escalating problem of inadequately treated chronic moderate to severe pain, and the second is the misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescription opioids. Managing Chronic Pain with Opioids: A Call for Change addresses these problems.
Adolescent Health: Immunizations are Key to Prevention is a white paper published by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation discussing the need for greater adolescent immunization. Adolescent immunizations are central to ensuring that patients achieve and maintain good health into and through adulthood. Therefore, immunizations are an important component of adolescent preventive care. Advances in vaccines and changes in the adolescent immunization schedule have renewed the emphasis on adolescent preventive care. Healthcare professionals are integral to ensuring that
adolescents have the preventive care and the immunization protection they need.
Nurse Practitioner Services in Retail Locations is a white paper published by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation discussing the role of and need for nurse practitioner run retail clinics. These clinics provide accessible, affordable, high quality healthcare by nurse practitioners and meet a need for patients with chronic and common health problems who need timely attention but do not have medical emergencies. These patients often do not have insurance, a medical provider or transportation. Thus these clinics provide a range and scope of services, including episodic care, preventive care, education, health counseling, and referrals. This white paper discusses the role and importance of retail clinics.
International Travel Health - A National Prevention Opportunity is a white paper published by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation discussing the need for improved oversight of the health of those who travel. We live and work in an increasingly mobile and global society. Individuals and families travel to other countries and interact with people from other lands. Protecting a mobile, global society across the lifespan requires that both clinicians and their patients gain increased awareness of the need for travel health precautions. This increased awareness is facilitated by travel health education of clinicians, incorporation of travel health into routine primary care, and easy access to travel health services.
Other Policy Materials
Many other foundations and organizations publish works of importance to healthcare. Selected materials are listed below.
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation works to broaden and improve professional health education. The foundation publishes several reports throughout the year.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation works to improve the lives of children in the United State and around the world. The resources page has topical lists of their publications as well as their grants. Much of their work focuses on healthcare.
The IOM publishes objective reports for decision makers and the public.