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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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Nursing Health Services Researchers Stand Firm in the Fight for Racial Equity and Justice

Dismantling structural racism and charting a path toward achieving equity and justice in professional health services organizations remains a priority. Members from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) propose sustainable, actionable steps to strengthen diversity and inclusivity of historically underrepresented experts in the field.
Topics Health Equity
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Shortening the Evidence to Policy Pipeline at the Veterans Administration: Honoring Dr. Tom Edes

Members of the AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Interest Group honor Thomas Edes, M.D. with the Roger C. Lipitz Leadership Award, noting his contributions to the field and work addressing aging and disability care needs within the Veterans Administration.
Blog Post       New Resources Enable Investigators to Expand Research into Dual-Eligible Individuals

New Resources Enable Investigators to Expand Research into Dual-Eligible Individuals

Lack of data regarding dual-eligible individuals has long hindered the development of effective policy solutions and care improvement. AcademyHealth organizational member Arnold Ventures highlights new resources to help the research community strengthen and expand evidence at a critical time in the policy debate.
Posted Sep 27, 2021 By Arielle Mir
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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