Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Health

In this policy brief, Barbara Wolfe shares recent research evidence on the connections between low income and poor health in the United States.

Differences in the qualities of adolescents’ neighborhoods do not appear to have much effect on whether they have heart disease, are obese or have depression as adults, new research from La Follette School professor Jason Fletcher shows. The journal Health Affairs in its September issue published the research by Fletcher and Stephen M. McLaughlin, a Ph.D. candidate in health policy and management at Yale University.

More work needs to be done to expand access to health care for poor and low-income Americans, La Follette School Professor Barbara Wolfe writes in a commentary published by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

Insurance plans that include only a subset of all hospitals and physicians in a geographic area can be tools for improving health care and controlling costs, Professor David Weimer and two co-authors suggest in an essay published in June in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Legislators now have five concrete policy options to consider for improving Wisconsin residents’ access to treatment for addiction to heroin, oxycodone and other opioids.

The suspicion that the federal Affordable Care Act reduces options for patients to choose their health-care providers proves to be true, according to a new study co-authored by La Follette School professor David Weimer. However, the quality of hospitals in insurance exchange networks was as good or better than those in commercial insurance networks.

University researcher Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka will present his groundbreaking research on Ebola next week as part of an April 21 legislative briefing by the Evidence Based Health Policy Project.

Two La Follette School students will be sharing results of a group cost-benefit analysis at a leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference March 28-29 in Connecticut.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Newspaper features Yackee, Herd

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee and Professor Pamela Herd are among the College of Letters and Science faculty featured in a special section of the March 22 Wisconsin State Journal.

Student Xin Nong spent a weekend in Indianapolis considering different ways a fictitious U.S. city could adjust health-care services, treatment and finance options to improve quality of care, lower costs and reduce disparities in health-care outcomes.

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