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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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Hysterectomy Rates Differ by Race and Geography, with Greater Racial Disparities Tied to County Socioeconomic Status

Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for non-elderly women. While highly effective for some conditions, rates are generally declining in the United States due to tensions between its risks and benefits. The decline in use, however, is greater for white women than Black women.  This ‘plain language summary’ reviews findings from a new study that indicates this disparity is amplified in areas with higher socioeconomic status.
Posted Sep 24, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
Blog Post       Which Came First? New Research Examines Relationship between Food Insecurity and Health Care Spending

Which Came First? New Research Examines Relationship between Food Insecurity and Health Care Spending

Food insecurity and higher than average health expenditures are related, but how and to what degree matters when considering policy interventions. This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research published in AcademyHealth’s official journal HSR that finds the relationship is both bidirectional and unequal.
Posted Sep 23, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
Blog Post       Innovative Study Design Alleviates Challenges Associated with Rare Disease Clinical Trials

Innovative Study Design Alleviates Challenges Associated with Rare Disease Clinical Trials

The road to the approval of therapies for rare diseases is long and challenging. This blog post outlines how one study addresses this through embracing a multistakeholder approach, removing travel barriers associated with participation, and leveraging historical patient data to replace placebo data.
Posted Aug 23, 2021 By Helen Moniz
Blog Post       Data Infrastructure Efforts to Support Maternal Health Featured in Health Affairs

Data Infrastructure Efforts to Support Maternal Health Featured in Health Affairs

Designed to build data capacity for conducting patient-centered outcomes research, ASPE’s Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund has funded several cross-agency projects aimed at improving maternal health. A new Health Affairs blog post describes these efforts and highlights guiding principles for moving forward.