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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.

Blog Post       Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

A recent literature review revealed most studies of social need interventions were poorly designed, inadequately documented, and inconsistently presented. In this post, Robert Dubois of the National Pharmaceutical Council, an AcademyHealth Organizational Member, outlines the state of the research and provides recommendations to improve study design quality.
Posted Aug 5, 2021 By Robert W. Dubois, M.D., Ph.D.
Blog Post       Implementation Science: Leveraging User-Centered Design to Improve Experiences with Health Interventions

Implementation Science: Leveraging User-Centered Design to Improve Experiences with Health Interventions

User-centered design helps make health interventions more engaging and effective for both patient participants and health care staff. How can implementation teams leverage user-centered design to achieve better outcomes?
Posted Aug 4, 2021 By Jennifer Bresnick
Blog Post       The Role of Employers (and Employees) in the Health Spending Conversation

The Role of Employers (and Employees) in the Health Spending Conversation

As partners in the Going Below The Surface Forum, AcademyHealth and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) consider the drivers of health spending in the U.S. through salons focused on challenging questions. Today’s post takes a closer look at strategies to reduce costs via employer-sponsored health benefits.
Blog Post       Implementation Science: Taking a Comprehensive Approach to the Economic Evaluation of Health Interventions

Implementation Science: Taking a Comprehensive Approach to the Economic Evaluation of Health Interventions

Understanding the economic impact of health interventions is critical for developing effective programs that can be replicated in different settings. At the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, experts shared their top tips about evaluating the economics of a new or existing initiative.
Posted Jul 28, 2021 By Jennifer Bresnick
Blog Post       Moving to Value-Based Care is a Marathon We’ve Barely Begun

Moving to Value-Based Care is a Marathon We’ve Barely Begun

This ‘plain language summary’ considers a recent commentary from Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D., in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, that offers a broad review of the state of the science on Accountable Care Organizations, including a brief discussion of three new studies also published in the August issue.
Posted Jul 23, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren