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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  • Can Competing Health Plans Collaborate to Improve Primary Care?

    May 17, 2019

    For a new issue brief, Noam Levey interviewed participating payers in three distinct regional markets in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program: Colorado, Oklahoma, and Greater Philadelphia. While the challenges inherent in fostering collaboration across companies that usually compete vigorously were handled differently in each market, common themes emerged including strong payer commitment and the need for sustained federal leadership. Read more

Blog: The View from Here

  • SIMulating Lessons in Aligning Health Care Payers

    Apr 18, 2019 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was Christmas for health policy engineers—especially at the state level. With the stroke of the pen (and some divisive procedural maneuvering by Democrats), supporters of a strong state government role in health policy were handed a gift box of new tools—an individual mandate, an employer mandate for larger businesses, Medicaid coverage expansions, individual … Read more

  • Early View

    Original Scholarship

    Legal Remedies to Address Stigma-Based Health Inequalities in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

    May 2019 | Valarie K. Blake, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler

    The federal government is currently reducing antidiscrimination protections by cutting federal civil rights agencies’ budgets and taking legal stances against antidiscrimination protections for sexual minorities, among other actions. In new article in Milbank Quarterly, West Virginia University College of Law’s Valarie K. Blake and Columbia University Mailman School of Health’s Mark Hatzenbeuhler point out that this erosion is occurring despite evidence that stigma is a driver of health inequality. Read more

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    Perspective

    Meanings and Misunderstandings: A Social Determinants of Health Lexicon for Health Care Systems

    May 2019 | Hugh Alderwick, Laura M. Gottlieb

    Health care systems and policymakers are increasingly exploring strategies to help address patients’ social circumstances, such as their employment status or housing conditions. But there is much confusion around the terms and concepts that pertain to the social determinants of health. Read more

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