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

Managing Editor

Tara Strome

2-year Impact Factor: 4.911
Journal Citation Reports® 2020 Rankings: 8/88 (Health Policy & Services); 16/108 (Health Care Sciences & Services)
5-year Impact Factor: 8.250

New Milbank Quarterly Issue Released: December 2021 

Upcoming Topics

  • State-level Health Policies and their Association with Perinatal and Infant Outcomes
  • Identifying Value-Added Population Health Capabilities to Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure
  1. Early View Original Scholarship

    Coverage and Framing of Immigration Policy in US Newspapers

    By:  Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young Hannah Sarnoff Dana Lang A. Susana Ramírez

    Although immigration policy is recognized as a social determinant of health, less is known about how mechanisms, such as news coverage of policy, influence intermediary and proximal health processes like seeking health care. More

  2. Early View Original Scholarship

    First Things First: How to Elicit the Initial Program Theory for a Realist Evaluation of Complex Integrated Care Programs

    By:  Rowan G. M. Smeets Dorijn F. L. Hertroijs Ferdinand C. Mukumbang Mariëlle E. A. L. Kroese Dirk Ruwaard Arianne M. J. Elissen

    Context: The complexity of integrated care and the need for transferable evaluation insights ask for a suitable evaluation paradigm. Realist… More

  3. Early View Original Scholarship

    Participation, Pricing, and Enrollment in a Health Insurance “Public Option”: Evidence From Washington State’s Cascade Care Program

    By:  Aditi P. Sen Yashaswini Singh Mark K. Meiselbach Matthew D. Eisenberg Gerard F. Anderson

    Context: State and federal policymakers considering introduction of a health insurance “public option” can learn from Washington State, which… More

  4. Early View Original Scholarship

    Electronic Health Records as Biased Tools or Tools Against Bias: A Conceptual Model

    By:  Michael D. Rozier Kavita Patel, MD, MS Dori A. Cross

    Context: Health care delivery is now inextricably linked to the use of electronic health records (EHRs), which exert considerable influence over… More

  5. Early View Original Scholarship

    A US State Index of Successful Aging: Differences Between States and Over Time

    By:  David H. Rehkopf Frank F. Furstenberg Holly Elser Christian Jackson Nicole Levy John W. Rowe The Aging Society Research Network

    Context: Although it is recognized that aspects of US state environments impact the likelihood that older adults age successfully, there is currently… More

  6. Early View Perspective

    A Playbook for Implementing Medicaid Expansion: Louisiana’s Experience

    By:  Will Boles Ruth Kennedy Emma Siewert Diane Rowland Barbara Lyons Rebekah E. Gee

    Twelve states have not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In a new Perspective, Will Boles of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, along with Ruth Kennedy, Emma Siewert, Diane Rowland, Barbara Lyons, and Rebekah E. Gee, suggest that Louisiana can serve as a model for new Medicaid expansion states seeking to rapidly enroll people within a limited administrative budget. More

  7. Early View Original Scholarship

    Does a Rising Median Income Lift All Birth Weights? County Median Income Changes and Low Birth Weight Rates Among Births to Black and White Mothers

    By:  David S. Curtis Thomas E. Fuller-Rowell Daniel L. Carlson Ming Wen Michael R. Kramer

    Low birth weight and infant mortality rates vary among place and racial group in the United States, with economic resources being a likely fundamental contributor to these disparities. The goals of this study were to examine time-varying county median income as a predictor of LBW rates and Black-White LBW disparities and to test county prevalence and racial disparities in maternal sociodemographic and health risk factors as mediators. More

Current Issue

  1. Beyond Causality: Additional Benefits of Randomized Controlled Trials for Improving Health Care Delivery

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  2. When All That Glitters Is Gold: Dominated Plan Choice on Covered California for the 2018 Plan Year

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  3. Advancing Action on Health Equity Through a Sociolegal Model of Health

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  4. Evidence-Based Message Strategies to Increase Public Support for State Investment in Early Childhood Education: Results from a Longitudinal Panel Experiment

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  5. Population Health Innovations and Payment to Address Social Needs Among Patients and Communities With Diabetes

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  6. The Impact of Choosing Wisely Interventions on Low-Value Medical Services: A Systematic Review

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The Milbank Quarterly Opinion

Health Equity: California Style

Health equity has become a familiar buzzword in public health. There is, however, little consensus about what it means and how to measure it.…  More

The Social Determinants of Declining Birth Rates in the United States: Implications for Population Health and Public Policy

Paula M. Lantz discusses the implications for population health and public policy on the declining birth rate in the US.  More
Paula M. Lantz

Paula M. Lantz

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Collective Action and the Social Determinants of Health

Scholars and policymakers alike have understood the connection between the social determinants of health and health for centuries now, but progress in…  More
Hahrie Han

Hahrie Han

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