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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
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
Lawrence O. Gostin
Given decreasing vaccination rates, cases of measles—a disease officially eliminated from the United States nearly 20 years ago—have surged this year. In a new Milbank Quarterly Early View Opinion, Georgetown University’s Lawrence O. Gostin explains that punitive policies, such as those banning unvaccinated children from public places, will only provoke backlash. Instead, local public health authorities should issue lawful orders to confine actively contagious individuals, or those exposed, for short periods of time. Read more
Gail R. Wilensky
John E. McDonough
Parke Wilde, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Lauren J. Lizewski, Mengyuan Ruan, Dariush Mozaffarian, Fang Fang Zhang
State Innovation Models
Joshua M. Sharfstein
In 2013, the federal government challenged US states to reform health care delivery and payment methods in order to improve health while also lowering health care costs. Six states—Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont—rose to the challenge. Through Round 1 of the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided the states with more than $250 million to support the implementation of new clinical and payment models. This issue of The Milbank Quarterly contains the first three papers evaluating this effort. Read more
Stephanie M. Kissam, Heather Beil, Christina Cousart, Leslie M. Greenwald, Jennifer T. Lloyd