How pharmaceutical marketing affects decisions about patient care

As we search for ways to improve the value of prescription drugs and make them more affordable, pharmaceutical marketing poses a real challenge. Pharmaceutical marketing aims to shape perceptions about a drug’s benefits and harms, and this can significantly impact…

Three Medicaid trends we’re watching in 2022

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have served as critical supports to children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities – covering 80 million individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since February 2020, Medicaid enrollment has grown sharply…

Children Eating

Community Drivers of Health: Policy Paper Series

Economic and social conditions influence health A new series of policy papers offers some of the most comprehensive analyses to date of key economic and social conditions that influence health – food, housing and transportation – and shares evidence-based policy…

Teenager Dialing

Launching 988 nationally to support a continuum of care in mental health

As a volunteer counselor for crisis support services in my county, I answer calls from people in crisis who come from all different walks of life. Their stories reflect a tapestry of emotions, challenges, and social circumstances. I am often struck by a caller’s willingness to share their life experiences and struggles, and desire…

Improving mental health care for youth

A discussion about prevention, models of care, technology, and school-based interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a youth mental health crisis. Young people are facing unique challenges as they transition back to in-person learning, confront added stressors in their home…

To reduce health inequities, clinics need lawyers on the team

Social ills, such as substandard housing and food insecurity, fuel sicknesses that our health care system must then address. What we don't often consider—but should—is that many of these social and structural problems are also legal problems. As such, they may have legal solutions.  Health care workers (and health care budgets)…

Integrated care story series

Integrated Care Stories Series This series is intended to help health policy and other audiences understand how the elements of Kaiser Permanente's integrated care model combine to support better health and health care. The series includes: Overview: Kaiser Permanente's Integrated…