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.
Courtney McNamara has written 46 articles so far, you can find them below.

A response to ‘The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care?’

Philosophers Adina Preda and Kristin Voigt question policy recommendations which call for more equal distributions of social factors as a means of reducing social inequalities in health.

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Global Health Working Group Promotes Ebola Open Letter

Last week a Workshop was held at the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex which brought together a number of scholars, primarily UK-based International Relations scholars, to discuss the current Ebola crisis and the international response to it. From this workshop arose an open letter on what the field of International […]

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Global Trade and Health: Rana Plaza, One Year On

Last Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, which left more than 1100 dead and many more injured. The disaster has been described as one of the worst industrial accidents in modern history. In the year since the accident, we have witnessed a number of initiatives aimed at providing compensation to […]

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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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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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