We focus on a number of topic areas identified by state health policy leaders as important to population health.
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The Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in evidence-based decision making and policy design.
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.
RSG participants include state health policy leaders from both the executive and legislative branches—and MMF staff. The group’s focus on state leaders and policymakers is intentional—the health of the communities served depends upon state leadership to balance competing priorities and advance health policy.
Meetings. The RSG holds annual fall meetings as well as specially-focused meetings. Discussions focus on state health policy successes, challenges, and legislation—and specific topics of interest to states, such as behavioral health integration into primary care or hospitals’ shift from volume to value.
These invitation-only meetings are purposefully kept small, the better to provide a trusted forum for policymakers to candidly share experiences and discuss common challenges. The MMF arranges and pays for all participants’ travel expenses.
Peer-to-peer information sharing. The RSG supports state-to-state technical assistance meetings so that policymakers in one state can learn from those in another state. This learning between state leaders provides a forum for the meaningful exchange of ideas and the development of professional relationships.
Joint projects. State leaders often commission joint projects—either in the form of meetings or issue briefs and reports. RSG projects are selected based on specific criteria—projects must relate to state health policy needs, have broad application, yield practical and timely results, and adhere to the organization’s bipartisan, collegial style.
Participants say they take part in the RSG because of the opportunity to learn from legislative and administrative colleagues from across the country in a bipartisan setting. The RSG is unique in several ways, including:
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