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

What’s New

  • New Issue Brief – Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development

    May 23, 2018

    Providers, payers, and state policymakers are moving to implement behavioral health integration (BHI) models as evidence of their effectiveness builds. But many states face an obstacle—the lack of a health care workforce that has the legal authority, training, and skills necessary to practice in these new models. How can states accelerate the development of a BHI workforce? The Milbank … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • Their Pain, Our Gain

    Apr 30, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    Hey, health care industry—(all of us, payers, providers, industry hangers-on)—are you paying attention to what’s happening in our public schools? How public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona have had to resort to public protests and walkouts to draw attention to poor funding levels in their states? How spending cuts have led to four-day school weeks, … Read more

  • 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and Paul A. Lombardo from the University of Michigan and Georgia State University College of Law, who analyzed historical documents from that period.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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