The Fund supports several networks of state health policymakers to help identify, inspire, and inform policy leaders.
The Fund identifies and shares policy ideas and analysis on topics important to state health policymakers, particularly on issues related to state leadership, primary care, aging, and total costs of care.
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The Fund publishes The Milbank Quarterly, as well as reports, issues briefs, and case studies on topics important to health policy leaders.
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.
Reforming States Group (RSG) participants include state health policy leaders from both the executive and legislative branches—and Milbank Memorial Fund 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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