Jeff Levi Coauthors Health Affairs Blog on Funding for Local Public Health

The health of a community’s citizens is arguably one of its most valuable assets, argues Professor Jeff Levi in a new Health Affairs blog.  He and his coauthor, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, who most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), suggest that a system that creates and maintains each community’s health constitutes an important aspect of the infrastructure needed to support the community as a whole.  

Commonwealth Fund Survey Documents ACA's Role in Helping Women

Between 2010 and 2016, the number of U.S. women without health insurance dropped nearly in half from 19 million to 11 million—or 20% to 11% of the population—according to a recent analysis of Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Surveys.  The surveys also show that women ages 19 to 64 who shopped for new coverage on their own found it significantly easier to find affordable plans in 2016 compared to 2010.

Zika Threat Spurs Southern States to Address Family Planning

Before the first locally transmitted case of Zika was reported in the continental United States last summer, stakeholders from several Southern states were already working to strengthen family planning care to address this threat. The Editor’s Choice study in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Facilitating State-Wide Collaboration around Family Planning Care in the Context of Zika,” describes the process by which the U.S.

HPM Presentations at AcademyHealth Conference

Some of the HPM faculty, staff and students who attended AcademyHealth this year.

Ten GW Health Policy and Management students, staff, faculty and affiliates gave presentations or posters at the AcademyHealth annual research meeting for health services and health policy held in New Orleans on June 25-27. The conference helped showcase the vibrant and diverse research being done in the department.

Those making presentations and giving posters included:

Susan Wood and Ruth Lopert Participate in PharmedOut Conference

Associate Professor Susan Wood and Adjunct Professor Ruth Lopert spoke at the 2017 PharmedOut Conference, held June 15-16 at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Wood participated in “Pharma Funded Patient Advocacy Groups: Panel Discussion” and Lopert presented on “How Industry Influences Trade Discourse and Why It Matters”.