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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  • Chicago’s Childhood Lead Paint Data Sharing Project Wins State and Local Innovation Prize

    Apr 30, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth have announced that Chicago’s Childhood Lead Paint Data Sharing Project has won the inaugural State and Local Innovation Prize, recognizing state and local efforts to use data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. The winner was announced on the mainstage of 2018 Health Datapalooza on April 26. The … 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

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and Paul A. Lombardo from the University of Michigan and Georgia State University College of Law, who analyzed historical documents from that period.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