The Cost Conundrum

In this article, Gawande provides details of his quest to find out why McAllen, Texas, which has the lowest household income in the country, is one of the most expensive health care markets. View the article. Gawande, A. (2009). The Cost Conundrum. The New Yorker. Available from

Type: Media Coverage

Topic: Financing & Investment, Sticking Points

The Civic Mission of a Federal Agency in the Age of Networked Governance

This article examines how EPA has increasingly become a more effective enabler of democratic network governance in the watershed arena and has developed ambitious cross-media initiatives to help transform the culture of the agency. Its very progress, however, highlights significant challenges that the agency must address. View the Resource Sirianni C. The civic mission of […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Non-health Sectors, Stewardship

The Business Role in Improving Health: Beyond Social Responsibility

In this resource, the authors explore the role of employers in improving population health. The authors lay out the rationale for increasing business involvement in population health improvement and provides seven specific steps that businesses can take to become more active in fostering community health improvement. View the Resource. Kindig DA, Isham GJ, Siemering KQ. […]

Type: Publications, Working Papers

Topic: Enabling Policies, Stewardship

The Atlanta Model for Reviving Poor Neighborhoods

This article provides insight on what it takes to enrich poor neighborhoods. The authors argue that a better approach is to invest comprehensively in small, geographically defined neighborhoods.   View the article. Cousins TG.  The Atlanta Model for Reviving Poor Neighborhoods.  The Wall Street Journal.  September 13, 2013.  Available from:

Type: Media Coverage

Topic: Non-health Sectors, Strategy

The American Health Care Paradox

In this book authors Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor seek to answer why the United States spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. View the Resource Bradley, Elizabeth and Taylor, Lauren A. The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. New York: PublicAffairs, […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The ACO Surprise

In the resource, the authors provide an analysis of Accountable Care Organizations and the promise of this model in reaching the triple aim. View the resource. Weil R, Gandhi N. The ACO surprise. Oliver Wyman; 2012. Available at

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The ‘Alternative Quality Contract,’ based on a global budget, lowered medical spending and improved quality

This article details the progress of eleven provider organizations in MA who entered Blue Cross Blue Shield Alternative Quality Contract. Researchers analyzed changes in spending and quality associated with the Alternative Quality Contract and found that the rate of increase in spending slowed compared to control groups, more so in the second year than in the […]

Type: Media Coverage, Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

Sweden’s healthcare system shows what localism can achieve

In this blog post, E. Bidgood highlights the Swedish healthcare system, specifically the localized finance system for health funding. View the article. Bidgood E. Sweden’s healthcare system shows what localism can achieve.  The Guardian. Available from:

Type: Media Coverage

Topic: Global, Strategy

Sweden Health System in Review

This resource reviews the Swedish health care system and offers learnings for how health care systems can provide quality care that is cost-effective. View the resource.  Anell A, Glenngård AH, Merkur S.  Sweden Health System in Review.  Health Systems in Transition. 2012:14(5). Available from:

Topic: Financing & Investment, Global, Stewardship

Stumbling Towards Sustainability

In this article, Sterman offers a dynamic systems perspective to raise questions about the processes of change required, at multiple levels such as organizational, economical, and ecological. View the Resource. Sterman J. Stumbling towards Sustainability: Why organizational learning and radical innovation are necessary to build a more sustainable world—but not sufficient. In: R. Henderson, M. […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Global, Non-health Sectors, Strategy