How to Build Sustainable Community Health Programs in the United States

Despite evidence of their efficacy, the proliferation of community health worker programs in the U.S. over the last decade has failed to achieve sustainability. A recently assembled task force developed a framework to address this.

December 20, 2016

Telehealth Alone Will Not Increase Health Care Access For The Underserved

Telehealth requires integration into a well-functioning health care system that has the capacity to address all the additional patient needs that telehealth generates.

December 15, 2016

Improving Kids’ Access To Team Sports Through Fee Waivers

Participation in youth sports can help reduce obesity, improve self-confidence, and develop critical social skills. But participation doesn’t come cheap and not all children get to play.

November 30, 2016

A New Health Affairs Blog Featured Topic: ‘Health Equity’

In the lead-up to the June 2017 issue, and continuing afterwards, we will publish blogs focused on achieving health equity as part of this new featured topic.

October 31, 2016

Ushering In The New Era Of Health Equity

There is no doubt that significant gains have been made in the effort to improve quality in health care, particularly in the area of patient safety. However, one key pillar of quality—achieving equitable care—has garnered significantly less attention than others.

October 31, 2016

Congress Took 233 Days To Respond. Here’s How To Prepare For The Next Zika

The response to the Zika outbreak could have been much swifter with an essential tool that Washington has nearly forgotten: the Public Health Emergency Fund.

October 27, 2016

Government Files Brief In House v. Burwell; ASPE Lays Out 2017 Plans And Premiums (Updated)

On October 24, HHS and Treasury filed their initial brief in their appeal of House v. Burwell in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. On the same date, opened for window shopping for 2017 plans and ASPE released a report on 2017 Marketplace health plan choice and premiums.

October 25, 2016

Social Science Insights To Advance A Culture Of Health

We are concerned that the culture of health initiative has left itself unnecessarily vulnerable to some perils because of how it defines culture. A better definition that acknowledges recent advances in the social sciences can provide a firmer conceptual and scientific foundation for building a...

October 21, 2016

The Culture Of Health Action Framework And Systems Science: Opportunities And Challenges

By combining systems thinking with advanced computational modeling techniques, systems science has the potential to provide insights about the complex connections and interaction among multiple determinants of health.

October 17, 2016

Building A 21st Century Health Department To Lead Baltimore’s Culture Of Health

While 97 percent of health care costs are spent on medical care delivered in hospitals, only 10 percent of what determines life-expectancy takes place within the four walls of a health care facility.

September 26, 2016