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Harold Pollack
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Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, and faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies. He is also Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His recent research concerns HIV and hepatitis prevention efforts for injection drug users, drug abuse and dependence among welfare recipients and pregnant women, infant mortality prevention, and child health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review and he is a regular contributor to the Washington Post's Wonkblog. 

Professor Pollack has been appointed to two committees of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before coming to SSA, Professor Pollack was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University and taught Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Blog of the Century Posts by Harold Pollack
Watch: Healthcare Reform Still a ‘BFD’
January 29, 2014
Republicans Get Medicaid Costs All Wrong
December 9, 2013
Heroin Addiction’s Best Treatment
November 26, 2013
The Long-Term Effects of Nuclear Testing
November 13, 2013
Obamacare’s Failures Enable Bipartisanship
November 12, 2013
Making HIV Testing More Effective
October 30, 2013
The Triumphs of Disability Policy
October 21, 2013
“Individualized Premiums.” Let’s Not Go There.
August 13, 2013
The Yellen/Summers Fight Is Important . . . and Not Just for the Reasons You Think
August 8, 2013
An Idea So Stupid Even the Congress (Probably) Won’t Pass It
May 1, 2013
It’s Not a 401(k) World—At Least It Doesn’t Have To Be
May 1, 2013
Margaret Thatcher: Right on HIV AIDS
April 9, 2013
Misleading Trends with Benefits
March 28, 2013
The Best and Worst News in Health Policy: 2012
January 4, 2013
Kludgeocracy—Yeah It’s a Problem, but Policy Complexity Is Also a Fact of Life
December 14, 2012
The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion
December 4, 2012
One Homeless Young Mother and Her Toddler
September 27, 2012
House Committee Bans Critical Thinking Skills in Health Policy
July 19, 2012
By Harold Pollack
Is Expanding Medicaid an Essential Part of Reducing Mass Incarceration?
March 11, 2015
The GOP’s Political Incompetence in Selma
March 8, 2015
Alcohol Is More Dangerous Than Drug Dealing or Gangs
February 25, 2015
How 401(k) Accounts Widen Race/Ethnic Wealth Disparities
February 22, 2015
Middle-Age Blacks Have Less in Their 401(k)s Than Young Whites
February 20, 2015
Mourning David Carr, Another Stranger Who Made My Life Brighter
February 14, 2015
Tennessee’s Drug Tests Of Welfare Recipients Find 37 Drug Users
February 10, 2015
All Our Politicians Should Join Together to End the Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Madness
February 4, 2015
Vaccines: Why Paranoids Make the Best Suckers
February 4, 2015
The President Was Right (Though Politically Clumsy) To Go After Those Luscious 529 College Accounts
January 30, 2015
Martin Luther King Wouldn’t Be Very Happy With This Medicaid Map
January 21, 2015
Why the Wealthy Stopped Smoking, But the Poor Didn’t
January 14, 2015
It’s a Pain in the Neck to Live With an Intellectual Disability
December 29, 2014
Murthy’s Confirmation Battle Between Public Health Experts and the Gun Lobby
December 18, 2014
Living Well With Breast Cancer by Choosing Wisely: A Conversation With Amy Berman
December 16, 2014
Why It’s Rare for Someone Like Ashton Carter to Work in Government
December 5, 2014
Who Will Help That Man?
December 2, 2014
What Happens When Your Pregnant Sister-in-Law is Paralyzed in an Accident — and Has No Insurance.
November 25, 2014
A Human Being Lives in There
November 21, 2014
How To Break a National Habit
November 13, 2014
Gun Lobby Blocks Crucial Federal Appointment
November 11, 2014
Atul Gawande Explains Why the Health Care System Should Stop Trying to Help Everyone Live Longer
October 31, 2014
Centers for Damage Control
October 21, 2014
Yes, Ebola Is Scary. But the System Is Working.
October 20, 2014
Choosing Death
October 15, 2014
The last civil right
October 14, 2014
This Woman Will Take Her Own Life November 1. Our Healthcare System Let Her Down.
October 9, 2014
How Obamacare could reduce crime and incarceration
October 7, 2014
Obamacare 2.0
September 30, 2014
Most people want to live past 75, but they haven’t given much thought to dying
September 30, 2014
Scholar Zeke Emanuel says he wants to die at 75. Here’s why this author hopes to live.
September 30, 2014
What’s wrong with the new conservative answer to Obamacare
September 11, 2014
What politicians can learn today from Reagan’s unexpected rise to power
September 10, 2014
5 Reasons Booze Is Deadlier than Heroin and Other Drugs That’ll Land You in Jail
September 2, 2014
Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close
August 21, 2014
Alcohol linked to more homicides in US than any other substance
August 21, 2014
An economist and a personal finance expert teach you money
August 8, 2014
Kentucky Show Why We Fought for the ACA
August 4, 2014
Could This Chicago Program Be The Answer To Insuring The Mentally Ill?
August 4, 2014
Slipping Through The System: Are Mentally Ill Americans Getting Adequate Health Care?
August 4, 2014
No logic behind random, deadly home invasions
August 4, 2014
No, the Halbig case isn’t going to destroy Obamacare
July 22, 2014
AIDS Researcher Who Died in Malaysia Airlines Crash Was A Scientific Hero
July 21, 2014
Tobacco is Still America’s Top Health Threat. But Washington Doesn’t Treat it That Way.
July 14, 2014
Let’s Talk About ‘Death Panels’
July 7, 2014
The Supreme Court Would Prefer People With Disabilities Receive Care from Disgruntled Workers
July 1, 2014
The Pope at Yad Vashem
June 19, 2014
Why Law Enforcement Missed Elliot Rodger’s Warnings Signs
June 19, 2014
Looking Beyond the Botched ACA Rollout
June 6, 2014
Figuring Out How to Put ‘Skin in the Game’
June 6, 2014
Can We ‘Do the Right Thing’ Profitably?
June 6, 2014
How Obamacare Could Help Prevent the Next Shooting Rampage
May 30, 2014
Why Law Enforcement Was Powerless to Stop Elliot Rodger from Buying Guns
May 30, 2014
The NRA has been blocking a nominee for surgeon general since February
May 26, 2014
Obamacare Critics Now Admit the Law Is Saving Lives, But Say the Price Still Isn’t Worth It
May 16, 2014
Could Obamacare save 24,000 lives a year?
May 15, 2014
Obamacare Saves Lives, But That’s Not Really Its Big Benefit
May 13, 2014
Cost of the Medicaid Expansion Rejection in Lives As Well as Dollars
May 13, 2014
C.S. Lewis and the Science of Obamacare
May 12, 2014
The Key Obamacare Question: How Much Should Taxpayers Spend…
May 12, 2014
Death on the Installment Plan
May 8, 2014
Ladies’ Home Journalism
May 7, 2014
New RomneyCare study gives glimpse of ObamaCare costs
May 6, 2014
New RomneyCare Study Gives Glimpse of ObamaCare Costs
May 6, 2014
Could Obamacare Save 24,000 Lives a Year?
May 6, 2014
The surprising policy legacy of Ladies Home Journal
May 5, 2014
How Chicago is using psychotherapy to fight crime — and winning
May 2, 2014
Here’s What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate
April 30, 2014
The Late Soviet Scenario
April 29, 2014
Adding Penury To Injury
April 28, 2014
Seeing Our Race and Class Differences, Seeing Past These Differences, Too
April 11, 2014
Bloggingheads: Harold Pollack and Glenn Loury
April 4, 2014
The long road ahead for Obamacare
April 4, 2014
Inside Obamacare’s 11th Hour
April 4, 2014
Study Says Tougher Enforcement Doesn’t Seem to Make Illegal Drugs More Expensive
March 25, 2014
Vivek Murthy, the NRA and the politics of fear
March 18, 2014
Why a complex, unjust, expensive, error-prone system might end up providing the best health care
March 18, 2014
What Conservatives Get Wrong In Their Smear Campaign Against The Surgeon General Nominee
March 11, 2014
A personal note on the surgeon general nomination fight
March 6, 2014
How Easy Is it To Get A Gun? U of C Crime Lab Gets $1 Million to Find Out
February 24, 2014
Can Summer Jobs and Character Education Help At-Risk Chicago Teens?
February 12, 2014
100 Americans die of drug overdoses each day. How do we stop that?
February 12, 2014
Planting the Seeds of a New Heroin Epidemic
February 12, 2014
Wonkbook: Will There Be Another Debt Ceiling Fight
February 5, 2014
Seattle has a great football team — and an awesome Obamacare exchange, too.
February 4, 2014
If the latest Obamacare lawsuit succeeds, Obamacare is in big trouble
February 3, 2014
Looking Back, Some Obamacare Glitches Didn’t Matter. These Four Still Do.
January 31, 2014
Will health reform still be a ‘BFD’ in 2014?
January 29, 2014
The real state of the union
January 28, 2014
‘You work until you die:’ Inside America’s fragmented safety net for the disabled
January 26, 2014
Obamacare helps ex-convicts. That’s a good thing!
January 16, 2014
This Week’s Cold Front Could Be Deadly For The Homeless
January 8, 2014
The group that got health reform passed is declaring victory and going home
January 6, 2014
Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed
January 6, 2014
The ER Talking Point
January 6, 2014
Eight Wonks Share Their 2014 Obamacare Predictions
January 3, 2014
The Most Disgraceful Practice in American Politics Today
December 30, 2013
The GOP’s Insane Race Strategy
December 30, 2013
How Can We Help Dasani’s Family?
December 16, 2013
How the media missed the two biggest Obamacare screw-ups
December 3, 2013

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