Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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

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  • New RSG Projects for 2017: What’s on the Minds of State Health Policymakers?

    Apr 27, 2017

    Every year, meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG) bring together a bipartisan, voluntary group of state health policy leaders from the executive and legislative branches to share information and discuss topics of importance to them. From the discussions, several topics are selected by meeting participants for further exploration. While changes to the Affordable Care Act and health reform … Read more

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  • Competence in Government Is Not a Partisan Issue

    Apr 27, 2017 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    We should expect competence as public policies are planned and implemented. Frequently, with state health policies, we get it: heroic responses by public workers reacting to environmental emergencies or outbreaks of infectious diseases; well-executed outreach and enrollment of large populations newly eligible for public programs; well-coordinated and persistently implemented efforts to tackle poor … Read more

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    How Adequate Must a “Free and Appropriate” Public Education Be for Children with Disabilities? Endrew F. v Douglas County School District

    Sara Rosenbaum

    In March, the US Supreme Court decided Endrew F. v Douglas County School District, which clarifies the rights of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Endrew was closely watched in the education and health policy community. The case, which challenges the adequacy of the special education services provided to a child with severe autism, overturned the legal standard applied by the lower court in reviewing the adequacy of the school system’s services. Read more

  • Featured Article

    Beyond Health Insurance: Remaining Disparities in US Health Care in the Post-ACA Era

    Benjamin D. Sommers, Caitlin L. McMurtry, Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Justin M. Sayde

    While the Affordable Care Act reduced the number of uninsured Americans to historic lows and has particularly benefited lower-income families and minorities, insurance expansion on its own was not enough to bring about health care equity. Researchers found that lack of health insurance only explains a small to moderate portion of the disparities in health care access, affordability, and quality. Read more

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