About The Milbank Quarterly

Continuously published since 1923, The Milbank Quarterly features peer-reviewed original research, policy review, and analysis from academics, clinicians, and policymakers.

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Alan B. Cohen


Christopher F. Koller

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Tara Strome

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Journal Citation Reports® 2022 Rankings: 3/87 (Health Policy & Services); 8/105 (Health Care Sciences & Services)
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The Latest from The Milbank Quarterly 

Centennial Issue: The Future of Population Health

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Milbank Quarterly has published a special issue of 36 articles by a diverse set of leading and emerging scholars. The issue covers:

  • The structural drivers of population health
  • State- and municipal-level policies and strategies to advance population health
  • Key issues in population health and health equity; population health’s major challenges
  • Public health systems and strategies
  • The role of the US health system

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  1. Early View Original Scholarship

    Building High-Performing Primary Care Systems: After a Decade of Policy Change, Is Canada “Walking the Talk?”

    By:  Monica Aggarwal Brian Hutchison Reham Abdelhalim G. Ross Baker

    Context: Despite significant investments to transform primary care, Canada lags behind its peers in providing timely access to regular doctors or… More

  2. Early View Original Scholarship

    Caught Between a Well-Intentioned State and a Hostile Federal System: Local Implementation of Inclusive Immigrant Policies

    By:  Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young Sharon Tafolla Fabiola M. Perez-Lua

    The tensions among state immigrant policies, local immigration climates, and federal policy changes indicate that state immigrant policies are not implemented equally across state communities, resulting in challenges and limited benefits from policies for many immigrant communities. More

  3. Early View Original Scholarship

    Association Between Partisan Affiliation of State Governments and State Mortality Rates Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By:  Steven H. Woolf Roy T. Sabo Derek A. Chapman Jong Hyung Lee

    Context: Increasing polarization of states reached a high point during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the party affiliation of elected officials often… More

  4. Early View Original Scholarship

    Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Flexibilities and Public Health: Implementation of Compulsory Licensing Provisions into National Patent Legislation

    By:  Lauren McGivern

    Although it will not fully solve patent barriers to the access of medicines, implementation of compulsory licensing (and specifically those for the import and export of pharmaceutical products) will provide governments with another tool to safeguard their population’s public health. More

  5. Early View Original Scholarship

    Improving Food and Drug Administration–Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Coordination for Drugs Granted Accelerated Approval

    By:  Peter J. Neumann Elliott Crummer James D. Chambers Sean R. Tunis

    Context: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s accelerated-approval pathway expedites patient access to promising treatments. However,… More

  6. Early View Original Scholarship

    Dual Barriers: Examining Digital Access and Travel Burdens to Hospital Maternity Care Access in the United States, 2020

    By:  Peiyin Hung Marion Granger Nansi Boghossian Jiani Yu Sayward Harrison Jihong Liu Berry A. Campbell Bo Cai Chen Liang Xiaoming Li

    Context: With the increases in nationwide hospital maternity unit closures, there is a greater need for telehealth services for the supervision,… More

  7. Early View From the Editor

    In the September 2023 Issue of the Quarterly

    By:  Alan B. Cohen

    In this issue of the Milbank Quarterly, readers will find Perspectives and original scholarship articles on such diverse topics as complexity in… More

  8. Early View Original Scholarship

    Community Health Center Staff Perspectives on Financial Payments for Social Care

    By:  Justin M. Lopez Holly Wing Sara L. Ackerman Danielle Hessler Laura M. Gottlieb

    Context: A growing crop of national policies has emerged to encourage health care delivery systems to ask about and try to address patients’ social… More

  9. Early View Original Scholarship

    Unrealized Cross-System Opportunities to Improve Employment and Employment-Related Services Among Autistic Individuals

    By:  Anne M. Roux Kaitlin K. Miller Sha Tao Jessica E. Rast Jonas Ventimiglia Paul T. Shattuck Lindsay L. Shea

    Context: Employment is a key social determinant of health. As such, high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty across the rapidly… More

  10. Early View Original Scholarship

    The Role of Place in Person- and Family-Oriented Long-Term Services and Supports

    By:  Chanee D. Fabius Safiyyah M. Okoye Mingche M. J. Wu Andrew D. Jopson Linda C. Chyr Julia Burgdorf Jeromie Ballreich Danny Scerpella Jennifer L. Wolff

    A framework and analyses describing the variable relationships between LTSS-relevant environmental factors and person-reported care experiences. More

  11. Early View Perspective

    Moving Toward Inclusion: Access to Care Models for Uninsured Immigrant Children

    By:  Katelyn Girtain Sural Shah Ana C. Monterrey J. Raul Gutierrez Mark Kuczewski Julie M. Linton

    The United States is home to 44.9 million immigrants who contribute unique assets, economic stability, and rich lived experiences to communities… More

  12. Early View Original Scholarship

    The Water Surrounding the Iceberg: Cultural Racism and Health Inequities

    By:  Eli K. Michaels Tracy Lam-Hine Thu T. Nguyen Gilbert C. Gee Amani M. Allen

    Cultural racism is a pervasive social toxin that surrounds all other dimensions of racism to produce and maintain racial health inequities. Yet, cultural racism has received relatively little attention in the public health literature. More

  13. Early View Perspective

    Advancing Dialogue About Consent and Molecular HIV Surveillance in the United States: Four Proposals Following a Federal Advisory Panel’s Call for Major Reforms

    By:  Stephen Molldrem Anthony K J Smith Alexander McClelland

    On October 17th, 2022, the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) adopted a nonbinding resolution about domestic molecular HIV… More

  14. Early View Original Scholarship

    Evidence on Scaling in Health and Social Care: An Umbrella Review

    By:  Roberta de Carvalho Corôa Amédé Gogovor Ali Ben Charif Asma Ben Hassine Hervé Tchala Vignon Zomahoun Robert K. D. McLean Andrew Milat Karine V. Plourde Nathalie Rheault Luke Wolfenden France Légaré

    As the science of scaling spreads across the world with the aim of reducing health inequities, it is also essential to address the power imbalance in how we do scaling research globally. More

  15. Early View Original Scholarship

    The Role of Primary Care in Advancing Civic Engagement and Health Equity: A Conceptual Framework

    By:  Daniel R. S. Habib Lauren M. Klein Eliana M. Perrin Andrew J. Perrin Sara B. Johnson

    Primary care is a potentially fruitful setting for cultivating community and individual health and power by supporting social connectedness, self-efficacy, and collective action. More

  16. Early View Perspective

    The Profound Implications of the Meaning of Health for Health Care and Health Equity

    By:  Kevin Fiscella Ronald M. Epstein

    Health matters to people and society. People generally desire to live longer, continue to function independently, and experience well-being throughout… More

  17. Early View Original Scholarship

    Politics and the Public Health Workforce: Lessons Suggested from a Five-State Study

    By:  Michael S. Sparer Lawrence D. Brown

    The politics of public health requires a closer look at the role played by county commissioners, mayors, and other local elected officials. We need a political strategy to persuade these officials that their constituents will benefit from a better public health system. More

  18. Early View Original Scholarship

    Electoral Democracy and Working-Age Mortality

    By:  Jennifer Karas Montez Kent Jason Cheng Jacob M. Grumbach

    Erosion of electoral democracy is a threat to population health. This study adds to growing evidence that electoral democracy and population health are inextricably linked. More

  19. Early View Perspective

    Toward a Values-Informed Approach to Complexity in Health Care: Hermeneutic Review

    By:  Trisha Greenhalgh Eivind Engebretsen Roland Bal Sofia Kjellström

    In this review paper, authors explore the crucial contribution of human values to complex interaction and change. In the form of “simple rules,” we offer some preliminary recommendations for a more contemporary and values-informed approach to complexity in health care. We invite a new generation of research to extend the existing evidence base. More

  20. Early View Original Scholarship

    Structural Factors and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Travel Times to Acute Care Hospitals in the Rural US South, 2007–2018

    By:  Arrianna Marie Planey Donald A. Planey Sandy Wong Sara L. McLafferty Michelle J. Ko

    Rural places affected by rural hospital closures have greater travel burdens for acute care. Across the rural South, racial/ethnic inequities in spatial access to acute care are most pronounced when travel times to the second nearest open acute care hospital are accounted for. More

  21. Early View Original Scholarship

    Measuring Trust in Primary Care

    By:  Zachary Merenstein Jill C. Shuemaker Robert L. Phillips

    Context: Trust is a fundamental aspect of any human relationship, and medical care is no exception. An ongoing, trusting relationship between… More

  22. Early View Original Scholarship

    Can US Medical Schools Teach About Structural Racism?

    By:  Anthony L. Schlaff Ndidiamaka N. Amutah-Onukagha Dorcas Mabiala Jasmin Kamruddin Fernando F. Ona

    Context: Since the beginning of COVID-19 and the rise of social justice movements sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the… More

Current Issue

  1. In the June 2023 Issue of the Quarterly

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  2. Provision of Social Care Services by US Hospitals

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  3. US Policies That Define Foods for Junk Food Taxes, 1991–2021

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  4. Strategic Messaging to Promote Policies that Advance Racial Equity: What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Learn?

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  5. Century-Long Trends in the Financing and Ownership of American Health Care

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  6. Societal Adaptation to Aging and Prevalence of Depression Among Older Adults: Evidence From 20 Countries

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The Milbank Quarterly Opinion

The Iron Cage of Violence Prevention  

Not long ago, some of us were asked to attend a meeting at our institution on the topic of development and employment opportunities for young people…  More

Reaffirming the Value of Diversity in Light of the SCOTUS College Affirmative Action Decision

The recent Supreme Court ruling striking down decades of race-based affirmative action in college admissions has reopened, once again, the national…  More
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A Massive Step Forward in Measuring and Reporting Patient Experience of Inpatient Psychiatry

Patients of inpatient psychiatry are among the most vulnerable hospital patients and have often described care experiences that were dehumanizing and…  More

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