About Courtney McNamara

Courtney is the founding editor of Healthy Policies. She has a Masters in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh, and is continuing her research as a PhD candidate at the University of York (UK), investigating the ways in which trade and social policy interact to influence population health. Prior to her post graduate work, Courtney worked with community-based health equity organizations in Seattle, Washington.
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Courtney McNamara has written 43 articles so far, you can find them below.


Healthcare spending and health: looking beyond the money

This graph was posted on the Atlantic last week and illustrates the striking relationship between healthcare spending and life expectancy.  There are many important and interesting aspects to this relationship, which has been documented for some time, but there is one aspect which is seldom discussed when the topic surfaces in mainstream media outlets. One […]

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#StandingwithDNLee

Readers of Healthy Policies will know that inequities in health are very much rooted in inequities of power. Recent posts by Ted Schrecker have outlined how political trajectories shape landscapes of health disparities. A defining feature of these trajectories is that in addition to being determined by unequal distributions of power, they also perpetuate the […]

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Trade and Public Health: What’s missing?

Expanding our understanding of the links between trade and health not only strengthens the call for better coherence between trade and health policy, but it is crucial to the success of this undertaking.

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Curb the Spread of the Flu: don’t eat at restaurants that don’t provide paid sick leave

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the US is in the midst of the worst flu season it’s seen in a decade. In Boston, a state of emergency has been declared, where at least 18 people have died because of the flu. The CDC recommends that people with flu-like symptoms stay home and avoid […]

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A top 5 list of the best public health top 10 lists

Commemorating each New Year is an endless supply of top 10 lists. When it comes to well-being, the majority of these lists portray very individualistic, very bio-medically skewed notions of health. This is a list of the top 5 public health top 10 lists which approach health with a greater consideration of the social determinants of health.

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Tackling Obesity: Should the UK take public health cues from the US?

The Royal College of Physicians says the UK needs its own Michelle Obama or Mayor Bloomberg to combat rising obesity, but are US leaders focused on the right messages when it comes to addressing expanding waistlines?

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Walmart’s free healthcare plan and why strikers shouldn’t care

What are the health implications of Walmart’s new free healthcare program and what do they mean in the context of worker strife?

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Paul Krugman: America’s Greatest Public Health Champion?

Last week the New York Times reported on a study which documents a reversing trend in life expectancy for the least educated whites in the US. The study shows that since 1990, life expectancy for white Americans without a high school diploma has fallen by five years for women and three years for men. Reading […]

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Good News for Unions is Good News for Public Health

In the context of sustained political attacks against workers’ rights, it is important public health professionals stand with the labor movement, both in celebrating its victories and in supporting its struggles.

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Root Causes of Ill Health Fall Flat in Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

While reactions to Bloomberg’s soda ban continue to effervesce, those truly concerned with the public’s health would be well advised to hold their praise.

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