"IOM Report: For the Public's Health"
The Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., asked Dr. Phyllis Meadows to join a national committee in early 2009 charged with developing strategies to improve and strengthen the U.S. public health system.
Established in 1970 as a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine "serves as adviser to the nation to improve health," according to its mission statement. That advice comes in the form of in-depth reports from carefully selected experts on issues related to medicine or public health. IOM reports are commissioned by Congress, federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations.
The third and final volume of the IOM report, For the Public's Health, was published in April 2012. All three volumes totaling 580 pages are now posted and available on the IOM website. For the Public's Health describes a new vision of the U.S. public health system and includes specific recommendations on how to achieve that vision.