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 Cohort Begins the Fund’s Leadership Program

    Sep 27, 2018

    The Fund kicked off the newest session of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) earlier this month at an in-person meeting in San Francisco. The third group of state health policy officials to participate in the program included 18 leaders from 15 states, including both legislators and those from the executive branch. Created in 2015, the ELP has evolved into a practical, skills-based program … Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • Provider Payment Reform: Right Course, Wrong Students?

    Sep 24, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    For the last eight years, the US health care system, led by Medicare, has been going to school, learning how to do comprehensive provider payment reform. The most important courses have focused on how to improve performance for entire populations of people. Efforts to promote accountable care organizations (ACOs) in particular have attempted to use payment changes to establish a seismic shift in … Read more

  • Will Disruptive Innovation in Health Care Improve the Health of Populations?

    Sandro Galea

    Health care in the United States is long overdue for an upheaval. At least four health care innovations have been gathering steam—precision medicine, “Big Data,” the Affordable Care Act, and corporate efforts to reshape health care delivery and financing, each promising to change the nature of health care and influence population health. Read more

  • Systems Thinking as a Framework for Analyzing Commercial Determinants of Health

    Cécile Knai, Mark Petticrew, Nicholas Mays, Simon Capewell, Rebecca Cassidy, Steven Cummins, Elizabeth Eastmure, Patrick Fafard, Benjamin Hawkins, Jørgen Dejgård Jensen, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Modi Mwatsama, Jim Orford, Heide Weishaar

    Worldwide, more than 70% of all deaths are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDS), such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, and mental illness. Although such deaths are preventable, effective solutions continue to elude the public health community. This study uses a complex systems perspective to analyze the commercial determinants of NCDs and how unhealthy commodity industries influence public health policy. Read more

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