Our Work

RESOLVE’s health program works to find enduring, consensus-based solutions to the most complicated health challenges. We work with stakeholders across a variety of sectors to find lasting solutions. Some of our projects are highlighted below:

Collaborative Food Safety Forum
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation currently co-sponsor the Forum. RESOLVE convenes it to collaboratively identify and discuss ideas for the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF)
Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this forum gives public health leaders and practitioners an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to undertake a deeper analysis of challenging issues within and across the nation’s health infrastructures. The forum addresses key policy challenges and questions facing the community. Prior to establishing the PHLF, RESOLVE convened a series of sessions, with funding from RWJF, on Transforming Public Health. A webinar was also held to disseminate the paper (for more details).

Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Collaborative Policy Framework to Improve Care for Americans Living with Serious Illness
In fall of 2016, the Health Team at RESOLVE, in coordination with The Pew Charitable Trusts, convened stakeholders in the fields of palliative care and end-of-life care to provide the incoming Administration with prioritized recommendations for advancing policy to improve care for the millions of Americans living with serious illness.

Practitioners’ Perspectives on Foundational Capabilities of Governmental Public Health
In partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation, RESOLVE conducted 50 interviews with state and local health officials to understand their knowledge and beliefs about foundational capabilities of governmental health departments. This work complements other ongoing foundational capabilities activity through the Public Health Leadership Forum.

Community Values and the Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in Disasters
In partnership with Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Health System Office of Emergency Management and the Center for Health Security of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, RESOLVE  manages forums engaging community members and healthcare providers to consider decision-making criteria during a health emergency for allocating scarce medical resources, such as ventilators in a pandemic flu outbreak. For more information about the project, please see this article published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Trust For America’s Health (TFAH)
RESOLVE has a long history partnering with TFAH on a number projects from their Blueprint for a Healthier America, to their work on community prevention, to discussions surround the integration of public health and health care (“Twin Pillars”).

National Environmental Health Partnership Council 
The National Environmental Health Partnership Council strives to support healthy people by working for healthier environments. The American Public Health Association and RESOLVE collaborate to bring together diverse stakeholders to help expand and sustain awareness, education, policies, and practices related to environmental health.

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Stakeholder Outreach
RESOLVE has assisted the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in designing and facilitating several stakeholder discussions. The first was a series of eight discussions held around the country with different stakeholder groups from 2010 – 2011. It was designed to open meaningful dialogue and establish ongoing channels of communication between CTP and the many stakeholders with whom they interact in implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. RESOLVE continues to work with CTP on a variety of discussions.

Healthy Schools Campaign
In partnership with Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust For America’s Health, RESOLVE is helping to launch the National Collaborative on Education and Health, C0-Chaired by Rochelle Davis and Jeff Levi.

Community Health Toolkit for Shale Development 
RESOLVE, through its Solutions Network, is developing a web-based toolkit as a resource for local health officials and others to use in regions experiencing shale development. The tool draws on lessons learned from other natural resource development sectors – such as conventional oil and gas development or gold and diamond mining – to address similar community and health issues.

Pew Charitable Trusts Food Additives Workshops
RESOLVE facilitated a series of workshops focused on enhancing the FDA’s process for reviewing chemicals added to foods. Meetings covered how the FDA gathers and evaluates various sources of scientific inquiry for regulator decision making, addressing how exposure is considered, developing policy options and a discussion on non-monotonic dose response. RESOLVE facilitated, in partnership with European-based facilitators, held an international meeting in Berlin, Germany in October 2012, on the state of the science on non-monotonic dose response curves.

Obesity Drug Outcome Measures
In an effort to explore the pressing issues and challenges surrounding FDA approval and appropriate use of drugs to treat obesity, RESOLVE facilitated a dialogue process, in partnership with The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy, to convene the “Obesity Drugs Outcome Measures Dialogue Group,” a group of diverse stakeholders who met to identify the key issues surrounding the evaluation of pharmaceutical interventions for the treatment of obesity. These stakeholders attempted to develop a consensus report reflecting those issues and identifying possible solutions. The group met four times in person and participated in a series of working groups and conference calls between November 2011 and July 2012. Members of the group included clinicians specializing in adult and pediatric obesity; leaders from patient and consumer groups; public health organizations and industry representatives; and researchers from academia. Officials from the FDA, CDC, and NIH also observed and provided background information to the group to help inform the process.

Palliative and End-of-Life Care Collaborative Policy Framework to Improve Care for Americans Living with Serious Illness

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