Around the globe, millions of people suffer and die unnecessarily because we can’t get rapidly emerging medical knowledge in the right providers’ hands at the right time. For too many people with complex medical conditions, the specialists with… more
Today’s families face a troubling future: research suggests that the current generation of children may be the first Americans ever to live shorter, sicker lives than their parents. Childhood obesity is a major culprit, with nearly one in… more
Nearly 50 million Americans live in areas with too few dentists, and as a result, they can’t get needed dental care. Without more mid-level dental providers who can extend the reach of the dentist and deliver care to communities… more
Work with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and the ExxonMobil Foundation
Malaria kills nearly 600,000 people every year. In order to control and eventually eradicate this disease once and for all, vaccines will be needed in the world’s arsenal of malaria weapons. While we are closer than ever before… more
Doctors often refer to people who have never been infected with a malaria parasite as “malaria naive.” That also would be an apt term for the world in general in 2001 when Burness began our partnership with the… more
Work with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Challenge The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and other professionals whose mission is to promote global health through prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that… more
Work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Americans are beginning to realize that there’s a lot more to health than just what happens in the doctor’s office. Where we live, learn, work and play makes a real difference, too. But can that concept be explained… more
One in six Americans now lives in poverty—the highest level in half a century. Poverty has spread beyond cities to suburbs and rural communities and is being transferred from one generation to the next. Despite this, there is… more
While medical researchers pore over the human genetic code for clues to well-being, social researchers increasingly insist that your ZIP code will tell a far more accurate story about your likely health outcomes. There are vast differences in health… more
In September of 2014, just before thousands of politicians and climate activists flooded the streets of New York for the United Nations Climate Summit, four indigenous leaders were shot to death by illegal loggers in the Ucayali region of Peru’s Amazon Rainforest.
Indigenous partners in Peru contacted Burness via Facebook to help spread the word about this tragedy, the latest in a string of attacks on environmental defenders in tropical forest regions.