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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  • Oregon Builds Consensus to Expand Cost Control Efforts

    Mar 26, 2019

    Oregon has been a leader in targeting the growth in overall health care costs. In 2012, the state adopted a unique approach to growth limits for the Oregon Health Plan, first for its Medicaid beneficiaries and then for public employees. State officials had discussed extending the model to other populations and types of coverage, but a plan to do so had not emerged…until now. In the fall of … Read more

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  • “Deep and Abiding Relationships” – Rob Restuccia’s Legacy

    Mar 21, 2019 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Advocates for change are not usually considered organization types. They staff the barriers, not the boardrooms, are seen as more comfortable with manifestos than meeting minutes, and often opt for confrontation instead of collaboration. Rob Restuccia was different, and that is only part of what made his passing on March 3, 2019, difficult for the many who respected and loved him. An advocate … Read more

  • Featured Article

    Original Scholarship

    The Economic Value of Education for Longer Lives and Reduced Disability

    March 2019 | Patrick M. Kreuger, Ilham A. Dehry, Virginia W. Chang

    Although it is well established that educational attainment improves health and longevity, the economic value of this benefit is unknown. Researchers estimate that the economic value of education for longer, healthier lives is comparable to or greater than the value of education for lifetime earnings. A template that assigns an economic value to the health benefits associated with education or other social determinants can allow policymakers to prioritize those interventions that yield the greatest value for the population. Read more

  • Original Scholarship

    Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC

    January 2019 | Nason Maani Hessari, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee, David Stuckler

    A new Early View study in The Milbank Quarterly shows The Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to influence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is based on emails and documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The emails demonstrate the company’s interest in gaining access to CDC employees in order to lobby policymakers and frame the obesity debate by shifting attention and blame away from sugar-sweetened beverages. Read more

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