Health Policy Forum

Altarum Institute’s Health Policy Forum offers a neutral setting for discussion and consideration of health-related issues facing our nation.  Authors represent leading thinkers in health research, policy, and advocacy and include Altarum staff members and guest contributors who provide insightful, fact-based commentary and analysis regarding a range of health care topics. The site reaches a diverse audience of roughly 4,000 visitors from academia, government, industry, and health-related fields.

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Animating Information, Animating Our Audience

November 24, 2015

The challenge for health communicators is to convey complex health information quickly, clearly, and accurately. Palladian Partners has developed a variety of ways to do that, including written text, video interviews, and infographics.

Tobacco Use in the Military

November 19, 2015

Today the American Cancer Society and health advocates nationwide celebrate the Great American Smokeout, a day that draws attention to the dangers of tobacco and encourages smokers to quit

Movember and the Global Health & Wellbeing Survey

November 18, 2015

Inequity is not something that comes to mind often when we think about men.

For Veterans Community Action Teams, Every Day Is Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

Each year, the nation pauses for one day in November to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have worn the uniform.

Policy Changes for Healthier Early Child Care and Afterschool Programs

October 29, 2015

Every day, millions of U.S. children spend time in before- and afterschool care or early child care.

Breaking Through Health Information Exchange Barriers in Behavioral Health

October 22, 2015

Despite the growing significance of electronic health record systems and the exchange of electronic patient information through health information exchanges, there are still some providers that have been slow to adopt these important technologies.

Health Education Specialists: A Secret Weapon in the ACA Health Workforce

October 20, 2015

The United States spends more on health care per person than any other nation yet ranks 37th in terms of morbidity and mortality among developed countries.

SNAP Incentives: A Win for Rural Communities

October 15, 2015

While much has been written about so called “food deserts” and the connections among poverty, low food access, and high rates of chronic disease, most studies and projects have been conducted in big cities.

Another Rung on the Ladder Toward Achieving a High-Performing Health Care System: To Be or Not to Be?

October 13, 2015

Does the word “learning” being associated with a health care system cause concern?

SNAP Incentives in Farmers Markets: The Double Up Food Bucks Consumer Experience

October 6, 2015

Too many Americans suffer from debilitating chronic health conditions, and Michiganders are no exception: More than 31 percent of the state’s adults are obese, 1 in 10 has diabetes, and the state’s heart disease rate is one of the highest in the country.

Don’t Accept Medical Errors as the Standard of Care for Frail Elders

October 1, 2015

The litany of catastrophes that occur in our poorly organized medical care system—preventable, avoidable suffering—is overwhelming. So far, though, no one is listening.

Recovery at the White House—Young and in Recovery

September 29, 2015

As one of the many celebrations of recovery from behavioral health challenges being held throughout the nation, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli hosted a White House chat focused on three young adults in recovery.

DC Calls it Quits

September 24, 2015

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, taking more than 480,000 lives annually.

Nurses Helping Employers Create Safe and Productive Workplaces

September 22, 2015

There is growing recognition in this country that health depends largely on what happens outside of traditional health care settings, in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.

When Nothing Works

September 17, 2015

Working in a big emergency room as part of a team that tries to intercept unnecessary hospital admissions of frail elderly people, I seem to find there are fewer elderly people who call an ambulance themselves and are brought to the emergency room, than elderly people who turn up because somebody else thinks they should be there.

Why Cooking Matters

September 15, 2015

In 1985, as the new Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) Director in Washington State, I needed to institute short-term measures to reduce food costs among WIC participants to meet budgetary requirements.

Sparking, Spreading, and Sustaining Innovation

September 10, 2015

Health funders pride themselves on being champions of innovation.

Recovery Month—Hats off to the Graduates of the School of Hard Knocks

September 8, 2015

The month of September is a chance for the nation’s recovery community to celebrate. All over the country, people are holding events that focus on the regaining of full citizenship in their communities; reunification with families, both biological and chosen; reconnection with their faith and spiritual communities; and a life of health and wellness.

Making the Case for Effective Health Care Community-Based Organization Partnerships

September 3, 2015

In the next decade, health care payments will substantially transition from fee for service or fee for utilization risk (the current capitation model) to fee for outcomes.



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