The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that publishes The Milbank Quarterly, commissions projects, and convenes state health policy decision makers on issues they identify as important to population health.
We focus on a number of topic areas identified by state health policy leaders as important to population health.
The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design.
Keep up with news and updates from the Milbank Memorial Fund. Get the latest from thought leaders, including Christopher F. Koller, president of the Fund.
We publish The Milbank Quarterly, as well as reports, issues briefs, and case studies on topics important to population health.
News and Updates
February 28, 2019
Reforming States Group
This past fall, at meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG), 101 state health policy leaders from 38 states gathered in Portland (Oregon), Charleston, and Louisville to share strategies for improving population health.
Legislators and executive branch leaders, usually attending as a state delegation, updated one another on recent health policy accomplishments and challenges in their home states, received briefings on selected issues, and modeled the bipartisan, collegial leadership that is the hallmark of the RSG.
Another hallmark of RSG meetings is a focus on topics of most interest to participants. “The RSG is led by a group of dedicated Steering Committee members,” said Michelle Alletto, program officer at the Fund. “During the meetings, we hear about the topics of most concern to our state leaders. And if state leaders determine that the Fund can make a unique contribution, those are the areas we pursue the next year. The topics are not prioritized by us, but by them.”
The policy opportunities identified by states that will be pursued by the RSG in 2019 are:
A workgroup for each topic will be established, composed, and led by RSG members. The workgroup, with assistance from Fund staff, will develop the topic and identify the best evidence and experience for policymakers. The topic may culminate in a report, a briefing to RSG members, a meeting, or a combination of all three.
“This work is selected and led by RSG members,” noted Alletto. “The approach is practical—identifying the best evidence and enriched by the experience of these leaders on how to lead in states.”
The Milbank Memorial Fund is 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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