Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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  • Policymakers from 40 States Attend Fall RSG Meetings

    Dec 20, 2017

    One hundred and twelve health policymakers from 40 states, two local jurisdictions, and three other countries gathered this fall in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and San Diego for the 2017 annual Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings. The meetings, a hallmark of the RSG, which is now in its 25th year, provide an opportunity for participants from the executive and legislative branches to come … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • Are the States Dancing by Themselves?

    Dec 20, 2017 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    It takes two to tango. The partners must agree on the music and the steps. After spending this fall meeting with state health policy leaders from across the country, I am not sure state or federal officials know the health policy tune, let alone the dance. Every fall, the Milbank Memorial Fund convenes the members of its Reforming States Group (RSG)—state teams of executive and legislative … Read more

The Milbank Memorial Fund Announces Search for Editor of The Milbank Quarterly

The Milbank Memorial Fund is seeking a new Editor for The Milbank Quarterly, one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished multidisciplinary journals of population health and health policy. This is a unique opportunity to guide the publication of new research that informs and helps improve the health of populations in the United States and internationally.

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  • Featured Article

    Barriers to Care Among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults

    Gilbert Gonzales, Carrie Henning-Smith

    Using data from a large multistate sample to compare barriers to care between cisgender, transgender, and gender nonconforming adults, researchers found that transgender and gender nonconforming adults experience barriers to health care for a variety of reasons, including discrimination, health insurance policies, employment, and public policy, or lack of awareness among health care providers on transgender-related health issues. Read more

  • The Politics of Medicaid: Most Americans Are Connected to the Program, Support Its Expansion, and Do Not View It as Stigmatizing

    Colleen Grogan, Sunngeun (Ethan) Park

    Studies of Medicaid’s policy evolution over time note its surprising resilience to retrenchment. The surprise is based on its origins and the fact that most means-tested programs in the United States are stigmatizing. Today, over 60% of Americans are connected to the Medicaid program: either they, a family member, or a close friend has benefited from the program. This raises a crucial question: has Medicaid pivoted closer to politics resembling a middle-class entitlement program? If so, Medicaid would no longer be stigmatized, and, regardless of political partisanship, people connected to the program would fight to protect its benefits. Read more

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