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Health is about more than health care. Where we live, work, and play affects our health. Health services research provides evidence on the factors that affect, and support, the health of communities.

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The Critical Role of Evidence in a Robust and Just Policy Process

Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth President and CEO, opened the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference with the following remarks, focused on how the health care and health policy community can positively contribute to the development of sound policy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
Posted Feb 3, 2017 By Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP
Blog Post       In Uncertain Times, Health Research Community Convenes Around Anchor of Evidence

In Uncertain Times, Health Research Community Convenes Around Anchor of Evidence

A new year, a new administration, and a new congress has presented several questions around the future of health care in the United States. As one of the year’s first conferences focused solely on health care and policy, the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) welcomed three members of the United States Congress and over 700 attendees. Below are summaries of some of the most popular sessions.
Posted Feb 2, 2017 By Lauren Adams, M.A., Raina Sheth
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AcademyHealth CEO Poses Key Question for 2017 in Health Affairs

Will evidence matter in 2017? If we want to truly transform health and health care in this country, it must. AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson writes about the key areas in health policy where evidence should matter most.
Posted Jan 25, 2017 By Lauren Adams, M.A.
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Strengthening Health Systems, Engaging Communities to Prevent Infectious Disease

In working to prevent infectious disease, two familiar lessons rise to the surface: the importance of strengthening health systems, and the importance of empowering local leaders and communities. Both are key aspects of AcademyHealth’s mission to make health care and research better.
Posted Dec 28, 2016 By Grace Kranstover
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Beyond the Headlines: Using Evidence to Inform Health Policy Debates

As we head into inauguration day and prepare for a new administration to enter the White House, we hold firm in our principle that policies affecting health and performance of the health system should be informed by the best and most relevant evidence.
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Government Spending In Health And Nonhealth Sectors Associated With Improvement In County Health Rankings

A growing body of research highlights the role other factors outside the health system play in our health. This article, from the November 2016 Culture of Health Health Affairs issue, finds a meaningful positive relationship between an increase in rank among the County Health Rankings and public spending for a number of social services.
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