accelerating change: foundation blog

When children become the caretakers: looking out for elderly loved ones amidst a global pandemic

They nurtured younger generations, and they can provide wisdom and stability in a fast-moving world. Yet public health officials usually prioritize infant and adolescent health. The underlying assumption here is that unhealthy habits can’t be reversed later in life, and the impact those habits have on an individual’s health can’t be eliminated or even significantly […]

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration and a Call to Action

On March 5th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted their 10th Annual International Women’s Day Forum, “Marking a Milestone, Continuing the Momentum.” There, speakers focused not only on women’s economic empowerment, but also how they can leverage their expertise to contribute to the long-term health and well-being of communities in the U.S. and around […]

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Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs – How it Pertains to Tobacco

In his annual letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, positions climate change as a defining factor in the fundamental reshaping of finance. He outlines several important facets of this shift, including sustainability investing, improved disclosure, advances in technology, not leaving developing markets behind, and ultimately the benefits and risks to the companies. These […]

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Ready for 2020: Women Leaders in Global Health

2019 ended on an exciting, galvanizing note for women in global health. In November, established and emerging leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda for the third Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference. This event anticipated the upcoming anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—in writing, a standard-bearer for global commitment to women’s rights—and […]

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After a year of setbacks, a new decade brings new hope in the fight to end smoking

2019 began auspiciously, with a sense that the end of smoking might finally be on the horizon. This ambience of optimism, however, was short-lived. Instead of progress, 2019 brought a series of setbacks, schisms, and squandered opportunities to improve global health. Still, I remain hopeful that 2020 can be different. Over the past year, the […]

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