Q & A with Jane Beyer, the Fund’s New Program Officer

November 17, 2015

Jane Beyer joined the Fund and the Center for Evidence-based Policy as a Program Officer in October. Beyer, most recently the assistant secretary for the Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will coordinate programs and projects between the Center and the Fund and work on state health policy projects for each organization. A legal services lawyer by training, Beyer has also served as a staff attorney to the Washington State House of Representatives and as Washington’s Medicaid Director. Highlights recently had a chance to speak to Beyer about her new role.


Long-Time Fund Collaborators Discuss Vested Interests

October 21, 2015

Several Milbank Memorial Fund collaborators gathered for a conference—Vested Interests: Who Really Influences American Medicine, Public Health and Health Policy?—at the University of Michigan on October 1 and 2. The event, which was sponsored by the university’s Center for the History of Medicine and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), was organized by Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly, and John Ayanian, director of IHPI. Markel is also the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.


Governing Magazine Takes on the Question of Medicaid Leadership

October 9, 2015

“Medicaid Has Great Responsibility Without Great Power,” reads the headline in Governing magazine in an article about the Fund's new Medicaid leadership report. “There’s no denying that the government health-care program has expanded in the past 50 years,” the article begins. “But for all its growth, Medicaid hasn’t really improved its governance or increased its power.”

The article, which includes an interview with former Medicaid director and report author Andy Allison (pictured left), brings to light the questions raised in the report about how state Medicaid programs are organized and governed today.


Jane Beyer Named Program Officer at Center for Evidence-based Policy and Milbank Memorial Fund

September 10, 2015

Jane Beyer will join the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer on October 5, 2015.

Beyer, most recently the Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will coordinate programs and projects between the Center and the Fund. A legal services lawyer by training, Beyer brings a distinguished career in public service to the role, serving as Washington’s Medicaid Director and counsel to the House Democratic Counsel. She has been active in numerous national state health policy groups.


Christopher Koller Co-Authors JAMA Viewpoint

August 17, 2015

Fund President Christopher Koller, Milbank Quarterly op-ed contributor Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, and former Reforming States Group member Ann Hwang have published a Viewpoint in a recent issue of JAMA, entitled, “State Leadership in Health Care Transformation, Red and Blue.” The paper, which focuses on the reasons why states play such an important role in improving population health, examines the function of states as purchasers, regulators, providers of health care services, collectors of data, and grantees.


First Milbank Memorial Fund Leadership Program to be Held

July 21, 2015

The health of communities depends on strong state leadership. With this in mind, the Milbank Memorial Fund—and the Reforming States Group (RSG)— has created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), an interactive workshop designed to help individuals from the executive and legislative branches develop skills that will enhance their effectiveness in addressing the challenges of today’s complex health policy environment. About 20 individuals, who were nominated to participate, will attend the program, which will be held this week in Denver.


Milbank Memorial Fund Hosts IAP Meeting

July 21, 2015

When the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), an initiative of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), wanted feedback from states about the program, they asked the Milbank Memorial Fund to convene a meeting to facilitate discussion between CMS and the states. The goal of IAP is to stimulate delivery system reform by states for Medicaid populations—and to support states’ efforts to strengthen the delivery of care provided through Medicaid. CMS has committed more than $100 million to provide targeted technical assistance to states—and four program areas have been identified focused on specific Medicaid population needs.


Primary Care Transformation: Ten Lessons for the Path Forward

June 26, 2015

What fosters sustainable primary care transformation? What stands in the way? These questions are the focus of a Rocky Mountain Health Plans’ Issue Brief that highlights the work of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC). Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, the Director of the MC—and three other experts with first-hand experience working with states—were interviewed and identified 10 lessons for achieving comprehensive primary care transformation.


Reforming States Group Remembers Rev. Clementa Pinckney

June 18, 2015

The Fund joins many others in expressing regret and outrage at the murder of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his fellow parishioners as they prayed inside Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last night. The Fund remembers Rev. Pinckney, who attended a Reforming States Group meeting.


Supported State-Base Point of Convergence?

June 16, 2015

Is a supported state-based health insurance marketplace (SSBM) a match made in heaven for states implementing the Affordable Care Act? That’s the question Christopher Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, answers in a new blog post in Health Affairs. Do SSBMs offer the happy convergence of local control over insurance exchange functions and marketplace insight, with outsourcing of information technology to the federal government?


Mark Gibson Retires

June 16, 2015

Mark Gibson, a program officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund since 2003 and co-director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy in Oregon at Oregon Health and Science University, retired this June. Prior to his work with the Fund and the Center, Mark served as chief of staff to the Oregon Senate president and health policy advisor to the Oregon governor. He was also a founding member and co-chair of the Reforming States Group (RSG).


Look for Us at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting

June 9, 2015

The Milbank Memorial Fund and The Milbank Quarterly will both be represented at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting on June 14 to 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Howard Markel, Editor-In-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly, will participate in the session “Publish or Perish: Meet the Editors, Part One” on Sunday, June 14, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Find us at Booth 103 in the Exhibit Hall

Enter our raffle to win a free Apple Watch! Drawing will be held on Monday, June 15 at 8 pm.


When State Leaders and Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives Come Together

May 20, 2015

It stands to reason that states and regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) have a lot in common. Both are committed to population-based health reform. Both are trying to improve provider and health system performance. Both are using insurance claims data to do it. So what happens when you bring together state leaders and team them up with representatives from their own state’s local private sector improvement collaborative? Can closer collaboration between state and regional efforts help to advance mutual health care improvement goals?


Primary Care Integration into Behavioral Health Settings: Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

May 11, 2015

The Reforming States Group recently hosted a webinar on “Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings: What Works for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.” The webinar was moderated by Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD, Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University, based on a Milbank Memorial Fund report of the same title.


Job Opportunity - Program Officer

March 26, 2015


The Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City and the Center for Evidence-based Policy in Portland, Oregon, are seeking a motivated and innovative leader with experience in Medicaid and/or other state health-related policy programs for a joint appointment. This shared Program Officer position will promote the mutual missions of the two organizations—advancing state policy and improving population health with the use of evidence—by overseeing existing shared projects and identifying new opportunities to meet the evidence needs of state health policy leaders.

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience. Founded in 1905, the Fund engages in nonpartisan analysis, collaboration, and communication on significant issues in health policy.

Established in 2003, the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design. The Center works with federal, state and local policymakers in more than 20 states to use high-quality evidence to guide decisions, maximize resources, and improve health outcomes. It works to improve public policy through innovation, collaboration, and use of best evidence.

This is an exciting opportunity for a health policy leader to extend his/her impact by working for two strong organizations committed to helping state officials across the country improve the health of their populations.

A full position description is available at the Milbank Memorial Fund and Center for Evidence-based Policy.


The Milbank Quarterly’s Top Five Articles for 2014

March 2, 2015

The Milbank Quarterly and Wiley are pleased to announce the journal’s  top five, most-read articles in 2014. These five articles are available free to all readers until March 31.

How Might the Affordable Care Act's Coverage Expansion Provisions Influence Demand for Medical Care?
Jean Marie Abraham

Waiting for the Opportune Moment: The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization
Rachel Ann Barry, Heikki Hiilamo and Stanton A. Glantz

Social Media and Internet-Based Data in Global Systems for Public Health Surveillance: A Systematic Review
Edward Velasco, Tumacha Aghenez, Kerstin Denecke, Göran Kirchner and Tim Eckmanns

Improving Medical Device Regulation: The United States and Europe in Perspective
Corinna Sorenson and Michael Drummond

What Are the Key Ingredients for Effective Public Involvement in Health Care Improvement and Policy Decisions? A Randomized Trial Process Evaluation
Antoine Boivin, Pascale Lehoux, Jako Burgers and Richard Grol


Celebrating Yale School of Public Health’s Centennial

January 28, 2015

In recognition of the Yale School of Public Health and the Milbank Memorial Fund’s long tradition of forward-looking public health initiatives, the School will host six lectures during 2015, its centennial year.  The first Milbank Lecture Series on Public Health in the 21st Century, held on February 3, featured Mitchael H. Gail, MD, PhD, senior investigator, biostatistics branch, National Institutes of Health, National  Cancer Institute.  Dr. Gail spoke about “Risk Models, Risk-Benefit, and Personalized Medicine.”  The first lecture was co-sponsored by Yale’s Colin White Memorial Lecture.

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Co-Sponsoring Medical Education Conference

January 28, 2015

Social mission innovation and reform in medical education. That’s the focus of an upcoming conference,  Beyond Flexner 2015: The Social Mission of Medical Education, which the Milbank Memorial Fund is co-sponsoring. Organized by the George Washington University and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the conference will be held on April 13 to 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Beyond Flexner movement, which started with a conference in 2012, brought national attention to schools of medicine that had a strong social mission commitment, created a forum for collaboration and shared innovations among socially accountable medical schools, and legitimized the role of medical education in addressing health inequities.

This year’s conference builds on the success of the inaugural meeting. It will identify targets of opportunity for augmented education reform and innovations in the field, as well as launch ongoing collaborations to support and promote social mission in medical education.  The conference is expected to attract medical educators, policymakers, residents, students, and others committed to socially accountable medical education.

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New Report Published on Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

December 17, 2014 

People with serious mental illness experience significant gaps in health care—and these gaps result in disproportionally high rates of physical health conditions, shorter life expectancies, and higher health care costs. How can policymakers improve health care delivery to better serve patients with serious mental illness? For two decades, research has shown that behavioral health integration (BHI)—a patient-centered approach in which behavioral health and medical providers work together to provide care—can benefit patients with depression and anxiety disorder.  Much less is known about behavioral health integration models that target people with serious mental illness.

Recognizing the gap in the research, the Reforming States Group (RSG) asked the Milbank Memorial Fund to prepare this report, “Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings: What Works for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness” to better understand the evidence concerning the integration of primary care into behavioral health settings for this population. The RSG is a bipartisan, voluntary group of state health policy leaders from both the executive and legislative branches who, with a small group of international colleagues, work on practical solutions to pressing problems in health care.

Read the Report


We've Updated Our Website

November 24, 2014 

Our address is the same——but our look is different.  We “connect leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience”—and our new site shows how we do this.  Some of the new features include:

  • New information about Our Work With States, including topics of interest to states, updates from the Reforming States Group, and tools to help state leaders enhance evidence-informed decision making.
  • Easier access to The Milbank Quarterly, our 91-year-old health policy journal. Want to find an article abstract from a past issue of the Quarterly? Go to Search Archives and find studies from as far back as 1923.
  • A renewed focus on our Publications, including Milbank Reports and Issue Briefs. Look for further renovations in this section soon.

We hope you visit now—and return often, as we continue to keep you updated on the work of the Fund.


"Dear Governor-Elect: Some Health Policy Counsel"

November 18, 2014 

"No health policy is in fact a health policy," writes Christopher Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, in a new blog post in Health Affairs, in which he offers newly elected governors advice on developing a health policy agenda. His list of four imperatives is insightful reading for new governors and anyone else who wants to get a better understanding of how a state health policy agenda is developed.

Read the blog post


The Milbank Quarterly's Impact Factors Score Goes Up Again—to 5.391

October 7, 2014 

The 2013 Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) recently adjusted The Milbank Quarterly’s 2013 Impact Factor score—and The Milbank Quarterly now has an impact factor of 5.391. In August, the Quarterly’s impact factor had gone up to 5.061.

The ISI impact factor is the gold standard for measuring the impact of scholarly work. It calculates the number of citations a journal receives in a  given year to research and review articles published in the previous two years.  The Quarterly remains 1st out of 70 journals in the Health Policy & Services category, a ranking it has proudly held since 2009, and 3rd out of 85 journals in the Health Care Sciences & Services category. The Quarterly’s five-year Impact Factor is 6.513, based on articles published in the last five years and cited in 2013.


The Milbank Quarterly’s Impact Factor Score Goes Up—Over 5

August 18, 2014

The 2013 Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Impact Factors were recently released—and The Milbank Quarterly had a great year.

The ISI impact factor is the industry standard—and measures the number of citations a journal receives in a given year to research and review articles published in the previous two years. For 2013, the Quarterly had an impact factor of 5.061, an increase of .417 (the Impact Factor was 4.644 last year). It received 2,531 citations to all articles during the 2013 impact factor period, an increase of over 200 citations from the preceding year. The Quarterly remains 1st out of 70 journals in the Health Policy & Services category, a ranking it has proudly held since 2009, and 3rd out of 85 journals in the Health Care Sciences & Services category.

"Reaching a ranking over 5 is an honor— it means researchers and readers continue to turn to the Quarterly for authoritative insights," says Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief of the Quarterly. The new ISI ranking also reflects the excellent editorial work of Brad Gray, who served as Editor for most of 2013, and the quality of the article submissions and peer review process.

"The new score reflects well on the mission of the Quarterly—and its vital importance in the current health care environment in the US and globally," says Christopher Koller, Publisher of the Quarterly and President of the Milbank Memorial Fund.


Christopher Koller Contributes to White House Report

July 14, 2014

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) of the White House's Office of Science & Technology Policy released a report on May 29 entitled "Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering."

The report, according to PCAST, "identifies a comprehensive set of actions for enhancing health care across the nation through broader use of systems-engineering principles. Informed by the deliberations of a working group consisting of PCAST members and prominent health-care and systems-engineering experts, the report proposes a strategy that involves: (1) reforming payment systems, (2) building the nation's health-data infrastructure, (3) providing technical assistance to providers, (4) increasing community collaboration, (5) sharing best practices, and (6) training health professionals in systems engineering approaches."

"This report highlights the importance of primary care transformation," says Christopher Koller, who was a member of the PCAST working group. "There findings are consistent with what we're learning about primary care transformation in the 17 states within the Multi-State Collaborative." The Multi-State Collaborative is a group of states supported by the Milbank Memorial Fund that have come together to share data and learn from one another about primary care transformation.


Christopher F. Koller Elected to FAIR Health Board of Directors

April 14, 2014

Christopher F. Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, has been elected to the Board of Directors of FAIR Health, a national, not-for-profit corporation that brings transparency to health care costs and health insurance information.

Known for combining the values of a non-profit with the technological expertise of a data management organization, FAIR Health ( develops unbiased data tools to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, governmental agencies, health care providers, and researchers. Its free consumer website ( enables users to estimate and plan their medical and dental expenditures, and learn about the health care insurance reimbursement system.

“I am excited to join FAIR Health’s Board,” said Mr. Koller. “FAIR Health occupies a unique position in the ongoing national effort to design a healthcare delivery system that will better meet the needs of all participants. That discussion depends upon a reliable source of transparent cost and utilization data. It’s an honor to support FAIR Health’s mission of filling that need at this very critical time.”

“We welcome Chris to the FAIR Health Board,” said Stephen A. Warnke, Chairman of FAIR Health’s Board of Directors. “His in-depth involvement with and understanding of the needs and priorities of healthcare industry stakeholders from government agencies to health plans, providers and individual consumers bring a multi-faceted perspective to the issues and challenges that face our Board.”

“Chris has been a leading voice and an innovator in state health policy reform,” stated Robin Gelburd, President of FAIR Health. “As our organization continues to expand our offerings to meet the evolving needs of the industry with FAIR, unbiased market data, his efforts to improve population health through a strong healthcare system will make him a valuable addition to our Board of Directors.”


Can Social Media Help Public Health Officials Monitor Disease Outbreaks?

March 6, 2014

Recent disease outbreaks in the last decade such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARs-CoV) in Asia and the pandemic H1N1/09 influenza virus worldwide have prompted infectious disease scientists to investigate new ways to improve public health surveillance, monitoring the incidence of infectious diseases to understand and minimize their impact. The exchange of health information on the Internet and social media is an obvious opportunity to gain insight into emerging disease events. Now, more than ever, use of electronic data, including new and popular initiatives such as Google Flu Trends, ProMed-mail and HealthMap, are being used to enhance public health preparedness. But how useful are they for public health practitioners who are trying to detect emerging diseases in their own regions?

Now, a new study published in The Milbank Quarterly, focuses on the challenges facing practitioners as they consider ways to integrate social media and Internet data into the detection and management of disease outbreaks. Led by Edward Velasco, PhD, Senior Scientist, and others at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, this systemic review, “Social Media and Internet-Based Data in Global Systems for Public Health Surveillance,” looks at 20 years of published studies about event-based surveillance systems. Members of a national public health institute, the authors’ aim “was to help health policy decision makers decide whether to incorporate new methods into comprehensive programs of surveillance….” While “Internet-based bio-surveillance” or “digital disease detection,” as it is known, has been described and analyzed in the literature, systemic reviews of the field have been few,” writes David M. Hartley, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center, who provides commentary on the article in the Quarterly. “It is this intellectual gap that makes the article… so valuable and timely”—and provides “much-needed perspective.”

Click here to download the press release.


Milbank-Supported Report on the Patient-Centered Medical Home’s Impact on Cost and Quality

January 14, 2014

A new analysis released today by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund reports on an expanding body of research that shows that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model is having a significant impact on reducing costs of care and unnecessary emergency department (ED) and hospital visits, as well as increasing the provision of preventive services and improving population health.

The report, The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost & Quality: An Annual Update of the Evidence, 2012–2013, analyzed quantitative outcomes across twenty medical home evaluations from August 2012–2013, including thirteen peer-review and seven industry-generated evaluations. It reports on evaluations from a broad range of stakeholders and identifies the results by four outcome measure categories: cost and utilization, population health and prevention, access to care, and patient or clinician satisfaction.

These studies documented the following areas of improved performance resulting from PCMH implementation: reduction in the use of unnecessary or avoidable services, decrease in the cost of care, improvement in population health indicators, increase in preventive services, improvement in access to care, and improvement in patient satisfaction. The authors also call for more robust analyses regarding how PCMH's function, transform, and improve outcomes for all patients and their families.

The report emphasizes that as private and public sector support for the PCMH continues to build, those developing the PCMH model need to learn from the expanding evidence and experience base, and develop a clear, foundational role of the PCMH in Accountable Care Organization and medical neighborhood models, as well as in payment reform efforts that reward quality and value.

The Milbank Memorial Fund provided financial and editorial assistance for the report. "There is strong evidence, much of it published in The Milbank Quarterly, that an abundance of high quality primary care is essential to improving the health of populations," said Christopher Koller, President of the Fund. "It is not a question of whether to invest in more primary care, but how. This report is part of the Fund's broader commitment to help build high quality primary care to improve population health. It is our hope that it will serve as a resource for all health care leaders to learn how the PCMH is improving the health care system at the patient and provider level, the practice level, and the health system level, and to provide an agenda for further improvement."

Click here to download the report.


Milbank Memorial Fund Announces Board and Staff Appointments

November 14, 2013

The Milbank Memorial Fund has announced additions to its Board of Directors and management team.

At its October 15, 2013 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Milbank Memorial Fund elected Paul D. Cleary and John M. Colmers to serve as new directors of the organization.

Dr. Cleary is dean of the Yale School of Public Health and the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine. Besides his administrative responsibilities, he has studied how organizational characteristics affect the costs and quality of care for persons with AIDS, evaluated a national continuous quality improvement initiative in clinics providing care to HIV-infected individuals, and studied the long-term impact of patient-centered hospital care. A member of the Institute of Medicine since 1994, Dr. Cleary was editor of The Milbank Quarterly from 1992 to 2000. He is chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program.

Mr. Colmers is vice president of health care transformation and strategic planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also serves as chair of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. From January 2007 to January 2011 he served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and from November 2000 to January 2007 was a senior program officer here at the Fund. Prior to joining the Fund, he spent nineteen years in Maryland state government where he held various positions, including executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission and the Health Services Cost Review Commission.

"We are honored and fortunate to have Dr. Cleary and Mr. Colmers join the Board," said Board Chair Samuel L. (Tony) Milbank. "Both are distinguished professionals in precisely the areas where we work—identifying the best evidence and experience to help decision makers improve the health of populations. Both have extensive governance experience; their presence will help our deliberations immensely."

Christopher F. Koller, president of the Fund, also announced the appointment of Trina A. Gonzalez as program officer of the Fund. Ms. Gonzalez comes to this role after sixteen years in public service in California state government, most recently as interim chief of the Center for Innovation at the California Public Employees Retirement System. Last year, she left public service to obtain a master's degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. "Trina is a great fit for our work," said Mr. Koller. "As program officer she will have primary responsibility for the Reforming States Group (RSG), our flagship programmatic initiative. Her deep experience of working with executive and legislative branch state officials to implement meaningful policies places the RSG and other Fund work in good hands."


Milbank Supported Report on Improving Birth Outcomes

November 7, 2013

A new case study released by Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund shares the story of South Carolina's Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI).

The case study, Using Education, Collaboration, and Payment Reform to Reduce Early Elective Deliveries, chronicles how South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services, South Carolina's largest commercial health plan, and many other stakeholders partnered to engage providers in quality improvement activities, and then agreed together to stop paying for early elective deliveries—those occurring before 39 weeks gestation. Early elective deliveries are associated with worse health outcomes for infants and mothers and higher health care costs. Despite the overwhelming evidence against early elective deliveries, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of babies in the United States continue to be delivered early without medical cause.

The South Carolina BOI has so far reduced unwarranted early elective inductions by 50 percent, decreased neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and saved the State's Department of Health and Human Services more than $6 million (in just the first quarter of 2013). South Carolina is the first state in the nation in which the Medicaid agency and the largest commercial insurer have collaborated to establish a policy of nonpayment for early elective deliveries.

The Milbank Memorial Fund provided financial and editorial assistance for the project. "There is an enormous benefit-to-cost ratio from implementing policies that reduce early births; but that implementation is challenging," said Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund. "This report details the importance of leadership, evidence and collaboration and provides valuable lessons for state policy makers and private sector purchasers. We are eager to share it with our stakeholders and appreciate the collaboration with CPR." To download the case study, click here.


Lead Wars Mentioned in New York Times Op-ed

October 23, 2013

The most recent book published in the California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public series, Lead Wars by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, was mentioned in a recent New York Times op-ed by Nicholas D. Kristof on the threat of lead and other toxins to the health of humans. To access the article, click here.


Tribute to Bradford H. Gray, Outgoing Editor of The Milbank Quarterly

October 3, 2013

With the December issue of The Milbank Quarterly, now in its final touches, and the arrival of October first, we come to the final chapter of the distinguished service of Bradford H. Gray as Editor of The Milbank Quarterly. On behalf of the Board and staff of the Milbank Memorial Fund, the Members of the Quarterly’s Editorial Board, and all the readers and authors who have been enriched by the work of the Quarterly, I would like to commend Brad and express our gratitude for both his hard work and the high standards he has set for the Quarterly.

His successor, Howard Markel, inherits a strong publication, thanks to Brad. From the third issue of 2000 to the fourth issue of 2013, Brad managed and advanced a journal that has had a distinguished history since its inception in 1923. In the thirteen years that he was editor of the Quarterly, Brad reviewed more than 1,900 manuscripts with the help of more than 2,500 reviewers. His reputation for highly regarded scholarship and his strong editorial skills enabled him to expand the reach of the Quarterly to attract new authors. One of Brad’s editorial hallmarks was the care he took during the editorial review process – extending to comprehensive and thoughtful comments back to prospective authors. Not coincidentally, the number of submissions per year more than doubled under his editorship, and there was an increase in the number of submissions from authors outside the United States.

The Quarterly continued to be highly cited under Brad’s editorial leadership, consistently ranking in the top six journals in the categories of “Health Care Sciences and Services” and “Health Policy and Services,” and ranking first in those categories for the past three years. The number of citations to all Quarterly articles per year increased more than seventy-five percent since 2000. The Quarterly also continued to publish articles that remain topical long after their publication date, as evidenced by the ongoing demand for older articles – a tribute to Brad’s strong editorial judgment.

Brad, in addition to his editorial responsibilities, has been a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Prior to joining the Urban Institute in 2004, he held senior policy research positions at the New York Academy of Medicine, Yale University, and the Institute of Medicine. He has written extensively about for-profit and nonprofit health care and has also published research on Medicaid, managed care, ethical issues in research, and the politics of health services research. Brad holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center and AcademyHealth, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

As he transitions to his next, well-earned, much-postponed and hopefully more leisurely stage of a distinguished professional career, it is important to express our appreciation for the diligence, good humor, intellectual curiosity and collegiality that have marked Brad’s tenure at the Quarterly. He has built a legacy that has greatly enriched and strengthened the efforts of all of us who work to bring thoughtful, credible evidence to the task of improving the health of populations.

Christopher F. Koller
President, Milbank Memorial Fund
Publisher, The Milbank Quarterly


Commentary on the Affordable Care Act by Christopher Koller

October 1, 2013

Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, discusses the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on the lives of Americans and the health care system at large in his commentary “What Obamacare Does and Doesn’t Mean,” published by Brown University.  To access the article, click here.


New Book from a Partner Organization

September 18, 2013

The Milbank Memorial Fund announces the publication of Transforming the Global Health Workforce. Published by NYU College of Nursing, the book addresses key issues that countries face today in building, retaining, and deploying a competent and skilled health care workforce in an increasingly globalized environment. Edited by Marilyn A. DeLuca and Agnes Soucat, the book includes papers written by experts in the field and was inspired by the Global Summit, Strengthening 21st Century Global Health Systems: Investing Strategically in the Health Care Workforce, which was held in October 2011 at NYU. The Milbank Memorial Fund was a partner of the summit and provided support for the publication of the book. An electronic version of the book is available at and a print version is available at


Early View of an Article from The Milbank Quarterly

July 23, 2013

The Milbank Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the early online publication of an article from the forthcoming issue of The Milbank Quarterly: “Shifting the Paradigm: Using HIV Surveillance Data as a Foundation for Improving HIV Care and Preventing HIV Infection” by Patricia Sweeney and colleagues. The authors, most of whom are with the HIV-AIDS prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discuss how ethical and policy considerations regarding the use of HIV surveillance data are being changed by progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Health care providers and laboratories have long been required to report positive HIV test results for public health surveillance purposes, but the uses of that information have been quite limited for privacy reasons and concerns about reducing people's willingness to be tested. However, many people who test positive are not getting treatment. Surveillance data could be linked with treatment data to identify and facilitate contact with such people to encourage them to enter treatment. The “paradigm shift” of the article's title is the move from using HIV-status information only for traditional public health surveillance purposes (i.e., to track the spread of the disease) to using it to improve the care of HIV-infected individuals. To access the article, please click here.


Mark T. Benton Appointed Chief of Staff at Community Care of North Carolina

July 16, 2013

Mark T. Benton, former senior program officer of the Fund, is now chief of staff for Community Care of North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that provides care coordination and population health management to the state's Medicaid recipients and other insured and uninsured residents. He began his new position on July 1. Mr. Benton joined the Fund in 2007 after serving as North Carolina's Medicaid director. During his tenure with the Fund, he worked closely with the Reforming States Group and led successful projects addressing Medicaid managed care, health systems reform, and data sharing. At the announcement of his departure, immediate past president Carmen Hooker Odom said, "Mark was an outstanding senior program officer for the Fund. He combined his experience in state government with a deep appreciation of the perspectives of policymakers. He was very successful in carrying out the mission of the Fund, which is to assist policymakers to use the best available evidence in decision making."


Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, 1930–2013

June 12, 2013

The Board of Directors and staff of the Milbank Memorial Fund mourn the passing of our beloved colleague, Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, on June 7, 2013. He lived his profound commitment to the overwhelming importance of preventing and ameliorating suffering. As a Director of the Fund for the past fifteen years, Bishop Sullivan has been an exemplar, a mentor, and a friend. He brought wisdom and compassion to our work of helping to apply the best available evidence to policy and practice for maintaining and improving health. Bishop Sullivan contributed enormously to human betterment in the city, the state, and the nation. He blended spirituality with commitment to people and institutions; and did it with wit, charm, analytical precision, and—when persuaded to use it—a beautiful singing voice.


Milbank Memorial Fund Announces New Editor-in-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly

May 22, 2013

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., will become Editor-in-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly on October 1, 2013, succeeding Bradford H. Gray, Ph.D., Editor since 2000. Announcing this appointment, Christopher F. Koller, who becomes President of the Milbank Memorial Fund on July 15, said that Dr. Markel is "superbly qualified to maintain and enhance the Quarterly's role as a leading international journal of health care policy and population health."

Dr. Markel will continue his current work as a professor, researcher, author, educator, and public health policy advisor. He serves as the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he also holds professorial appointments in psychiatry, public health, history, English literature and language, and pediatrics and communicable diseases.

A critically acclaimed historian of medicine, he has written more than 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour, and is also the author or editor of ten books. His most recent volume is the national best-seller An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine (Pantheon/Alfred Knopf Books, 2011), which was reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review and described as "a tour-de-force of scientific and social history." An internationally known authority on the social history of epidemics and quarantine, Dr. Markel leads a research team at the University of Michigan investigating the effectiveness of public health interventions during influenza pandemics from 1918 to the present. As a result of this work, he advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on policy for preventing and containing current outbreaks of that disease. Dr. Markel was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen to edit the Quarterly, a journal of distinction and excellence since its founding in 1923. With the growth of medical care expenses and the ongoing challenges to the health of populations and communities, the need for thought-provoking, peer-reviewed, and socially relevant interdisciplinary research and writing in the health services field will only grow in the coming years. The Quarterly will be one of the key places to find such critical information for health care policymakers and scholars as well as population health practitioners," Dr. Markel said. Noting that President Koller has also asked him to advise about other publications of the Fund, he added, "I look forward to the challenge of using electronic and print media to expand the audiences for the achievements of this great foundation and the stellar work of our colleagues and contributors."

For more information on this appointment and the Fund's work, please contact John R. Ball, Interim President, at 212-355-8400 or


Milbank Memorial Fund Announces New President

April 18, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Milbank Memorial Fund is pleased to announce it has selected Christopher F. Koller to become the next President of the Fund. He will succeed Carmen Hooker Odom, starting July 15, 2013. Mr. Koller, currently Health Insurance Commissioner for the State of Rhode Island, is a nationally recognized leader in state health policy, Medicaid managed care, and health plan regulatory development. His experience with the Fund includes participation in the Fund’s Reforming States Group and founding membership in the Multi-State Learning Health System Collaborative.

For over one hundred years, the Milbank Memorial Fund has been on the forefront of linking theory and practice to improve the health of populations,” said Board Chairman Samuel L. (Tony) Milbank. “As the U.S. grapples with health care challenges, including rising costs, rising obesity rates, and implementing the Affordable Care Act, the Fund is committed to disseminating research and convening leaders to address these challenges. In Mr. Koller, we have found someone to lead this effort.”

Mr. Koller was appointed the first health insurance commissioner in the country in 2005. In that role, he developed comprehensive commercial health insurance oversight strategies, led statewide insurance affordability efforts—particularly in all-payer payment reform and primary care practice revitalization—and helped Rhode Island implement the Affordable Care Act. He has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Essential Health Benefits Commission, the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy, various committees for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and numerous national panels. Previously, he was CEO of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, achieving a ranking of first among Medicaid HMOs by U.S. News and World Report. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University, and a master’s degree in religion, concentrating on social ethics, from Yale Divinity School.

I am grateful to the Board of the Fund for extending to me this opportunity,” said Mr. Koller. “I look forward to working with the Fund’s many collaborators to build on its strong tradition of communicating high-quality interdisciplinary research on critical issues affecting the health of populations and linking it to effective practices through networks of policymakers.”

For more information on this appointment and the Fund’s work, please contact John R. Ball, Interim President, at 212-355-8400 or