News and Updates

  • America’s ‘Lead Wars’ Go Beyond Flint, Michigan

    Mar 4, 2016

    Though the health crisis in Flint, Michigan, has highlighted the use of lead in water pipes, lead, a neurotoxin, can be found throughout the U.S. on walls, in soil, and in the air, says David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, authors of the 2013 UC Press/Milbank Book Lead Wars. The authors, who were interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, said, “The problem with lead is that it’s now really everywhere, and … Read more

  • RSG Survey is Focus of Health Affairs Grantwatch Blog

    Feb 11, 2016

    A 2015 survey of Reforming States Group (RSG) members—in which the Fund asked participants about the impact RSG meetings had on their work—was the subject of a Health Affairs Grantwatch blog this month. Like many other nonprofits, the Fund spends time assessing the impact of its work, guided by our mission of improving population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the … Read more

  • Topics from the Fall 2015 Reforming States Group Meetings

    Jan 27, 2016

    The following topics were the subject of presentations at the fall 2015 Reforming States Group meetings: Aging in America presentations on long-term care, aging and technology, and age-friendly communities Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: The Story of Colorado presentation by the Colorado Health Institute Evidence policy workshop on interventions to reduce emergency room use by the … Read more

  • Will You Be At AcademyHealth’s 2016 Health Policy Conference?

    Jan 20, 2016

    AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference will be held this year on February 1 and 2 in Washington, DC. The popular annual conference brings together senior health care decision makers and health service researchers to discuss opportunities and challenges in state and national health policy. Christopher Koller, President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, will be moderating a session on … Read more

  • What Have You Been Reading? Our Top Reports of 2015

    Jan 20, 2016

    In 2015, the Milbank Memorial Fund published reports and issue briefs on a wide range of topics in health policy. A look back at our new publications in 2015 reveal three that were our most popular. You can read them here, if you missed them earlier. The Role of State Medicaid Directors: A Leadership Imperative Written by Andy Allison, former Medicaid director in two states, the report … Read more

  • Aging in America: What Can States Do to Support an Older Population?

    Jan 20, 2016

    In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double the number it was in 2012. The needs of this aging population will have wide-ranging implications for the country, presenting both challenges and opportunities for families, businesses, health care providers, and public programs. How can states help to create environments, policies, and programs that will … Read more

  • Massachusetts Legislators Travel to Colorado to Learn about Marijuana Legalization

    Jan 20, 2016

    Legislators from the Massachusetts State Senate recently contacted the Milbank Memorial Fund with a request. They wanted to learn about Colorado’s experience legalizing marijuana since there will likely be a voter referendum on the issue in their state. As with many states that want to learn from the experience of others, the Fund set up a four-day meeting in Colorado for eight members of the … Read more

  • Our 2015 Interns

    Dec 17, 2015

    For the last six months, the Milbank Memorial Fund has been lucky to have the input and effort of three talented young people. Our 2015 interns are Nisha Chojar, a senior at New York University (majoring in global public health); Esmeralda Aponte, a junior at … Read more

  • State Leaders Surveyed about Impact of RSG Meetings

    Dec 17, 2015

    Does bringing together state leaders make a difference? This fall, members of the Reforming States Group (RSG) were surveyed to find out. Each year, about 34 states—almost 100 people from the executive and legislative branches of both political parties—participate in the meetings, as well as attendees from Canadian provinces, Scotland, and Australia. In the survey, RSG participants were … Read more

  • John Selig to Leave Arkansas Department of Human Services

    Dec 17, 2015

    John M. Selig, Arkansas’ Department of Human Services (DHS) director, will leave the position at the end of the year. He held this position for 10 years, making him the longest-serving director in the state’s DHS history. In total, Selig has worked for Arkansas state government for 27 years, all but two of them with DHS. Originally appointed by Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, Selig also … Read more