CHPIR’s Dr. Chris Conover has recently published an article on the blog of the American Enterprise Institute titled We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us: Healthcare Fact of the Week.

A new study projects that U.S. healthcare spending will rise by as much as $66 billion a year by 2030 because of obesity. That’s about 2.6 percent of current health spending. While this trend is of obvious concern (and would be good to avoid), those figures pale in comparison to the total amount of U.S. health spending that can be attributed to behavior, lifestyle, and other avoidable causes.

Read the full article on the Enterprise blog.

DURHAM, N.C. — A new study by Duke University researchers with collaboration with researcher in Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, calls for increased support, protection and appropriate mental health services for orphaned and abandoned children on a global scale.

Published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, the study of more than 1,200 orphaned and abandoned children across five low- and middle-income countries is one of the first to identify and quantify violence, physical and sexual abuse as other potentially traumatic events endured by orphans, after having lost one or both parents.

A copy of the study is available at

Entire official Duke News Release

The Global Health Council’s 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health: Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World has selected Duke University’s Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research panel entitled “OVC Physical and Mental Wellbeing in Low and Middle Income Countries” for presentation.

Participants will better understand the complex nature of issues facing orphaned and abandoned children (OAC) and the need for interventions that include families, communities and policy; attention to cutting-edge research designs and measurement issues will be emphasized. Our faculty members Nathan Thielman, MD, MPH, Karen O’Donnell, Ph.D. and Jan Ostemann, Ph.D. and Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D from the University of Washington will be presenting.

The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. June 13-17, 2011, register at Please note that if you’re a part of DGHI (or another participating organization) membership is free – which significantly reduces registration costs if you want to attend the entire event.

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