December 2019  (Volume 97)

From the Editor

Policy Forum


Original Scholarship

  • Toward a Corporate Culture of Health: Results of a National Survey

    Michael Anne Kyle Lumumba Seegars John M. Benson Robert J. Blendon Robert S. Huckman Sara J. Singer

    The private sector is taking steps to foster health and well-being, but there is substantial variation in the degree of activity across businesses—and many opportunities for growth remain, according to a new study of the corporate culture of health.  More

  • Childhood Vaccination Mandates: Scope, Sanctions, Severity, Selectivity, and Salience

    Katie Attwell Mark C. Navin

    Recent measles outbreaks have led the California state government, as well the governments of Italy, France, and Australia to create childhood vaccine mandates that impose significant penalties, such as limited access to child care, on people who do not get their children vaccinated.  More

  • Predicting the Impact of Transforming the Medicaid Program on Health Centers’ Revenues and Capacity to Serve Medically Underserved Communities

    Ann Rossier Markus Kan Gianattasio Eric (Qian) Luo Julia Strasser

    Most states that might transition to block grant funding for Medicaid—in which the federal government provides a fixed annual sum—would see lower revenue for their community health centers that care for Medicaid beneficiaries and other residents. Under a block grant, total health center revenues would drop 92% for the Medicaid expansion population and 58% for traditional enrollees by 2024.  More

  • Issues Relevant to Population Health in Political Advertising in the United States, 2011‐2012 and 2015‐2016

    Erika Franklin Fowler Laura M. Baum Emma Jesch Dolly Haddad Carolyn Reyes Sarah E. Gollust Jeff Niederdeppe

    Health and health care are once again major issues in the 2020 presidential campaign. This new study examines how political advertising affects public discussions of population health topics. Erika Franklin Fowler of Wesleyan University and colleagues examined television ads, which remain a dominant platform, for campaigns for political office at all levels of government in the 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 election cycles.  More

  • Private Health Insurance in France: Between Europeanization and Collectivization

    Cyril Benoît Gaël Coron

    European Union (EU) policies and a national trend toward “collectivization” are increasingly affecting private health insurance in France. Authors Cyril Benoít of the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics and Gaël Coron of the Western Institute of Law and Europe (IODE) find that the EU regulation has led to an increase in the share of for-profit insurers in an industry that historically had been dominated by nonprofits.  More

  • Innovation and Its Discontents: Pathways and Barriers in the Diffusion of Assertive Community Treatment

    David A. Rochefort

    Now nearly 50 years old, Assertive Community Treatment, or ACT, is one of the most influential programs ever developed for adults with serious mental illness. The model offers continuous treatment outside the hospital setting, and rigorous case management featuring individualized treatment plans and multidisciplinary care teams. While the ACT framework has been adapted over time to serve a variety of client groups, a growing number of critics today are calling for alternatives.  More

  • State Legislators’ Support for Behavioral Health Parity Laws: The Influence of Mutable and Fixed Factors at Multiple Levels

    Jonathan Purtle Félice Lê-Scherban Xi Wang Paul T. Shattuck Enola K. Proctor Ross C. Brownson

    This study finds that legislators’ opinions about the impact of parity laws on access to care, and the effectiveness of behavioral health treatment, have greater influence on support for the laws than political party affiliation or state-level contextual factors such as unemployment rates.  More