Health Management and Policy

Black patient checking blood oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter

Black People Are Three Times More Likely to Experience Pulse Oximeter Errors

Susan Dorr Goold, Michael Sjoding, and Thomas Valley

Pulse oximeters can noninvasively measure blood oxygen levels, a vital biomarker for many. But these devices are imperfect and provide inaccurate readings especially for Black patients. Why are these devices flawed, and how can we improve the technology? Read more

Family member caring for a younger child

Will COVID-19 Be a Catalyst for Paid Family Leave Expansion?

Batsheva Honig

Paid family leave is needed now more than ever. The United States is the only developed country without mandated paid family leave policy for all employees, a fact thrown into sharp relief by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Adult daughter and father sitting at a restaurant reading paper.

Caring for Our Caregivers: The Unrecognized and Undervalued Family Caregiver

Minakshi Raj, PhD ’20

For years we have known that the US does not have a sufficient health care workforce to provide adequate health care for older adults. The current pandemic makes the situation all the more pressing. Now is the time to revisit and revise our policies and practices to reduce the burden of suffering for older Americans and their caregivers. Read more

An empty street in Amsterdam due to the spread of COVID-19

What US States Can Learn From COVID-19 Transition Planning in Europe

Holly Jarman, Sarah Rozenblum, and Scott Greer

Two months after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases spread throughout Europe, many European governments are planning to reopen their economies. What lessons will we learn from Europe's example? Two professors and a PhD student from Michigan Public Health take a look into the possibilities. Read more