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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  • Policymakers from Four States Gather to Learn about Reforming their Medicaid LTSS Systems

    Mar 29, 2018

    Low-income adults who need and use long-term services and supports (LTSS) are among the most complex, expensive, and fast-growing populations covered by Medicaid. State officials face challenges in organizing and paying for these services. In light of the new federal policy environment and interest in improving LTSS, the Fund, in partnership with the SCAN Foundation and the Center for Health Care … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • Gun Violence, Advocacy, and Leadership

    Mar 29, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    As the know-it-all big brother, I take the job of telling my sister what to do very seriously. So when she starts giving me lessons in my supposed wheelhouse—the making of public policy to improve population health—I am brought up short; especially when the lessons are about strength, courage, and the role of advocacy to change set-in-stone policies—in this case, regarding the regulation of … Read more

The Milbank Memorial Fund Seeks New Program Officer

The Milbank Memorial Fund is seeking a new program officer. The program officer is responsible for facilitating the Fund’s Reforming States Group and leading its Emerging Leaders Program. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with an understanding of state health policy and a commitment to helping state leaders improve the health of the people they serve.

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  • Featured Article

    From in vivo to in vitro: How the Guatemala STD Experiments Transformed Bodies Into Biospecimens

    Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Paul A. Lombardo

    A new Early View study in the Milbank Quarterly sheds light on the US Public Health Service’s Guatemala STD experiments of the 1940s. The 1,300 people who had been intentionally exposed to pathogens in the experiments also played a role as unknowing secondary research subjects in biospeciman experiments that continued until at least 1957, write study authors Kayte Spector-Bagdady and Paul A. Lombardo from the University of Michigan and Georgia State University College of Law, who analyzed historical documents from that period. Read more

  • Featured Article

    The Effect of Medicaid on Management of Depression: Evidence From the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

    Katherine Baicker, Heidi L. Allen, Bill J. Wright, Sarah L. Taubman, Amy N. Finkelstein

    This study takes advantage of Oregon’s 2008 Medicaid lottery to gauge the causal effects of Medicaid coverage on mental health care using a randomized-controlled design and drawing on primary and administrative data sources. Medicaid coverage was found to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed depression by almost 50% and untreated depression by more than 60%. Read more

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