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A multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy
Alan B. Cohen Editor
Christopher F. Koller Publisher
Tara Strome Managing Editor
2-year Impact Factor: 7.425 Journal Citation Reports® 2018 Rankings: 1/81 (Health Policy & Services); 1/98 (Health Care Sciences & Services) 5-year Impact Factor: 7.440
Alan B. Cohen
The editor outlines the issue and introduces the Perspective, a new article type intended to spark collegial debate on an important topic. Read more
Our Opinion section features some of the best minds currently working to improve the public’s health.
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
Parke Wilde, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Lauren J. Lizewski, Mengyuan Ruan, Dariush Mozaffarian, Fang Fang Zhang
In recent years, the World Health Organization, the World Cancer Research Fund, and the American Cancer Society have each concluded that processed meats are probably carcinogenic. In this article, the researchers examine the scientific evidence around the health effects of processed meat, the policy process of reviewing and summarizing that evidence in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the influence of the beef and pork industries. Read more
Public health advocates have used tobacco industry “denormalization,” or portraying tobacco product manufacturers as a deadly industry, to develop tobacco-control policies around the world. For this article, the author found that the tobacco companies were able to threaten regulations through international trade and investment laws because these laws treat tobacco firms like other commercial interests. Read more
Valarie K. Blake, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler
Antidiscrimination laws are often underenforced and are sometimes conceptualized by courts and lawmakers in ways that are too narrow to fully reach all forms of stigma and all individuals who are stigmatized. To address these problems, the authors offer some concrete solutions to advance the role of law in reducing stigma-based inequalities. Read more
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
Heather Beil, Rose K. Feinberg, Sheila V. Patel, Melissa A. Romaire
Regina I. Rutledge, Melissa A. Romaire, Catherine L. Hersey, William J. Parish, Stephanie M. Kissam, Jennifer T. Lloyd
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