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Welcome to the AcademyHealth blog, together with our members, we promote interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives. Here we offer important perspectives from people passionate about expanding access to care, reducing costs and improving quality, as well as updates on AcademyHealth activities relevant to the community.

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2021 Reinhardt Lecture Discusses Prices as Signals

The annual Reinhardt Lecture honors a national leader who reflects the high standards of Professor Uwe Reinhardt. The 2021 lecturer was Dr. Sherry Glied, who honored Dr. Reinhardt’s trailblazing focus on price, rather than quantity, with a discussion of the role of price as a market signal. The following plain language summary offers highlights from the transcribed remarks, as delivered at the virtual 2021 Annual Research Meeting and published in the journal Health Services Research.
Posted Nov 30, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
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New research finds a connection between police brutality and unmet needs for mental health care.

Previous evidence indicates that people exposed to police brutality are more likely to face mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder, that Black people and people of color are more likely to experience police brutality, and, that these same populations are more likely to have unmet needs for mental health care. This plain language summary highlights new research from Alang et al. that connects these themes and demonstrates for the first time that exposure to police brutality is itself associated with unmet mental health needs.
Posted Nov 29, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
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New Research Proposes Metrics, Measures, and Models Promoting Health Equity

The Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition (PTEC) is supporting four teams develop implementable, data-driven research to decrease inequity in the health care system. These projects were identified in partnership with AcademyHealth and a work group comprised of PTEC members and partners.
Blog Post       The Relationship between Health and Place: Expanding Use of Place-Based Disadvantage Indices Beyond COVID-19

The Relationship between Health and Place: Expanding Use of Place-Based Disadvantage Indices Beyond COVID-19

While disadvantage indices are increasingly recognized as a valuable tool to help promote health and prioritize equity, future use of these tools must include investments in data infrastructure, community partnerships, and further evaluation.
Posted Nov 9, 2021 By Rachel Campbell-Baier , Caitlin Otter