Introduction to Environmental Health and Policy

In this briefing, experts overviewed what comprises the field of environmental health and its corresponding policy, outlined the major players at the state and federal level, and highlighted immediate policy opportunities. Panelists also discussed how health disparities and inequities are tied to environmental factors and offered thoughts on how to close policy gaps. 

Voices from the Frontlines

Voices from the Frontlines brought together leading voices in health care and public health for an afternoon of conversation and inspiration. For the first time, these exceptional individuals, who have been paramount in the effort to combat COVID-19 over the past 18 months, were together on one virtual stage. This event allowed our community the opportunity to directly engage with those on the frontlines of this pandemic, and to hear their personal stories of perseverance in the face of great challenge.

Improving Health Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

In this briefing, experts overviewed the specific health and access challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. Panelists also offered insights on how to deliver effective health care to this population, with a specific focus on barriers to access and potential policy strategies to alleviate these barriers.

Advancing Patient-Centered Cancer Care

This 3-hour summit will convene and inform health policy and oncology research communities about critical issues related to patient-centered cancer care and offer lessons, strategies, and policy approaches for the short and long term.

Policy Options to Advance Mental Health Care During Pregnancy

This briefing will examine the difference between perinatal health and perinatal mental health and their intrinsic relationship. Panelists will delve into factors contributing to perinatal health and mental health as well as policy levers and promising solutions available to stakeholders to reduce and prevent mental health symptoms and mood disorders.

Equity in Health Data: COVID-19 as a Case Study

This briefing provided a primer on health data, how we use it, and how we process it. Attendees learned the challenges of leveraging health data for decision-making and the implications for providers, payers, and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and Other Emergencies

This briefing will explore how the U.S. has fared during the COVID-19 pandemic to-date and highlight key takeaways learned in the U.S. response, as well as important lessons learned from peer countries.

Preparing for Flu Season and Preventing Another Pandemic

In this briefing, experts discussed how flu and the COVID-19 pandemic have intersected over the past 18 months and why we should also prioritize flu preparedness policy. Panelists also highlighted available federal policy levers and discuss policy strategies to improve our flu response.

Health Equity Summit

The Health Equity Summit, a program of the Alliance for Health Policy’s 2021 Signature Series, reflected upon lessons learned and look at policies and practices that perpetuate existing inequities in our society. Exploring a multitude of factors both current and historical, this Summit addressed the tradeoffs between inaction and intervention, as well as tangible policy options to start advancing health equity now.

COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Geographic Areas of Need

This briefing discussed the results of the latest African American Research Collaborative (AARC) survey regarding COVID-19 vaccines, their importance, and explored potential strategies to increase vaccination rates, particularly ones tailored to different populations. 

Investing in Mental Health to Support Our Workforce

This briefing examined the burgeoning mental health crisis, partially exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will explore policy options to support increased mental health wellness at work and at home. This is the final event in Part I of the 2021 Signature Series focused on health and the economy.

Closing the Coverage Coordination Gap for Dual Eligibles

This briefing provided a brief landscape of the dual eligible population and the challenges they face when seeking comprehensive coverage and care. Attendees learned about the spectrum of integration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs on behalf of this population, and defined what success looks like in an integrated plan.

Sustainability Beyond Relief: Bolstering our First Line of Care

This briefing reviewed the opportunities and challenges that have arisen for first line providers and current integration efforts to ensure equitable preventative care for the American public. Experts addressed the role of data sharing, payment systems, and workforce provisions.

Medicare Part D Basics and Policy Options for Redesign

This briefing will clarify the defining characteristics of Medicare Part D including eligibility, coverage, and benefits. Attendees will understand the case for Medicare Part D redesign and the implications and tradeoffs of current policy options on beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

Health and the Economy Summit

The Health and the Economy Summit, a program of the 2021 Signature Series, explored how the health care ecosystem and the health of our nation’s population have become inextricably intertwined with the financial health of our country.

A Year in Review: America’s Fight Against COVID-19

Expert panelists delved into where America stands in public health a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped clinical care, state preparedness, and the individual consumer experience and shed light on promising frameworks and infrastructures being built today to protect Americans from a major public health emergency tomorrow. 

Medicare Solvency Projections and Potential Policy Solutions

This briefing provided an overview of the Medicare Trust Funds, the nuances of solvency, and the consequences of not resolving funding shortfalls. Panelists explored short- and long-term policy options to address solvency and offer equitable access, as well as the potential impacts on providers, plans, and most importantly, Medicare beneficiaries.

Post Election Symposium: Day 2

Sessions on Day 2 of the Post Election Symposium included a fireside chat with futurist Ian Morrison and leaders from the ground discussed the long-term vision for rebuilding the health system.

Post Election Symposium: Day 1

Sessions on Day 1 of the Post Election Symposium provided an analysis of the election results and potential impacts for health care and a discussion on the gaps in our health care system that COVID-19 exposed.

Post Election Symposium

November 16-17 | This virtual symposium will gather a range of experts after election day to discuss how the results could influence the health policy agenda in 2021 and beyond.

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Two days after the oral arguments for Texas v. California, this panel will provide an overview of the arguments and questions posed while also addressing procedural next steps.

Day 3: Co-Designing a Simpler System

Day 3 of our Voice of the Patient Summit, a program of the 2020 Signature Series, will address how we collect and operationalize patient feedback to create patient-centered care at a systems level.

Day 2: Navigating the Current System

Day 2 of our Voice of the Patient Summit, a program of the 2020 Signature Series, will explore successful mechanisms to support patients navigate the current, highly complex health care system and foster independence in decision making.

Day 1: Best Practices for Collecting Patient Feedback

Day 1 of our Voice of the Patient Summit, a program of the 2020 Signature Series, includes an opening keynote presentation and panel focusing on strategies for effective communication and shared decision making from the patient and caregiver perspectives.

Summit: Voice of the Patient

During this Summit, we will examine the patient’s voice across several levels of health care design, delivery, and measurement. This event is part of our ongoing 2020 Signature Series focusing on the Voice of the Patient.

Pandemic Flexibilities in Long-Term Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed both new and longstanding needs of long-term care patients. Experts will overview the recent changes, remaining gaps, and benefits and risks to long-term care patients, caregivers, providers, and payers.

Part I Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

This is the final event in Part I of our Signature Series focusing on disruptors and transformers in health care. This briefing explored the manufacturing, distribution, delivery, and coverage approaches that will enable nationwide COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

An Expert Discussion on the Provider Relief Fund

During this webinar, panelists will address key questions such as: How has the relief fund been distributed to date among different health care entities? What is the financial impact of the pandemic for providers and what are the implications for access to health services? And, what factors should policymakers consider as they weigh additional options to support providers?

Care Delivery Transformation: Integrating Telehealth and Home-Based Care

Panel #2 of our Virtual Summit, a program of the 2020 Signature Series, will focus on care delivery and payment transformations that have been accelerated or emerged as a result of COVID-19 and explore which systemic changes may become permanent, as well as how to rebuild trust in the health care system.

Summit: Disruptors and Transformers

Expert panelists will explore the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and its potential to significantly transform our health care system during our Virtual Summit, a program of our ongoing 2020 Signature Series. This new digital format will feature live panel discussions, keynote presentations, and interactive conversations across multiple days.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 20 – Tensions, Tradeoffs, and Takeaways: What’s at Stake for America 100 Days into the Pandemic  and Where We Go From Here

Just over 100 days have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. The pandemic has led to sweeping ramifications throughout the American economy and society as a whole. During this interactive discussion, three preeminent health policy leaders will examine the lessons learned three months into the crisis and lay out considerations for decision-makers as they work to stem the tide of the pandemic and build a more resilient health care system.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 19 – Advancing Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond

During this webinar, panelists addressed the following learning goals: the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on mental health and well being; evidence-based interventions and promising technology to reach people where they are and improve outcomes; and sustainable solutions to address the mental health impact of COVID-19 and advance access to behavioral health services beyond the pandemic.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 17 – The Role of Medicaid

This webinar will explain the role of Medicaid in the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss financing challenges of the Medicaid program—the nation’s health care safety net—as more people become eligible for Medicaid coverage and demand for health services shifts.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 7 – From Data to Decisions: Evaluating State Capacity

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has led to a growing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and concerns about health system capacity. Models and projections can be useful tools to help policymakers at the state and local levels make evidence-based decisions to slow the spread of the virus and bolster health system capacity. During this webinar, panelists highlighted the role of modeling in helping states prepare and respond to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 1 – Flattening the Curve

During this webinar, Dr. Kathleen Winter, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, explained the epidemiology of the novel coronavirus and discussed evidence-based practices to slow the transmission.

Long-Term Care: Where Are We and What’s Next?

This webinar will orient audience members to the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system, its funding mechanisms, and the state and federal legislation that model this system. Panelists will discuss and offer insights about potential solutions to create an accessible and financially sustainable long-term care system.

Summit: Navigating the Frontiers of Innovation and Value

During this summit, keynote speakers and panel experts explore the latest advancements and the remaining challenges in the health care value and innovation space, as well as policy solutions to support groundbreaking initiatives.

Modernizing Medicare Part D

During this congressional lunch briefing, analysts will outline the mechanisms of the Medicare Part D program under current law and discuss the potential implications of reforms put forward by Congress and the administration.

Examining the Continuum of Coverage Proposals

During this congressional lunch briefing, health policy experts will explore the spectrum of policy proposals that achieve universal health coverage in the United States.

Fall 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook

During this webinar, analysts discussed the outstanding legislative and regulatory activities that Congress and the administration are likely to pursue before the end of the year.

Coverage and Affordability in the Private Insurance Market

This briefing highlighted policy options to promote health care coverage and affordability through the individual health insurance market. Our panel discussed trends in commercial health insurance enrollment and affordability.

Addressing the Drivers of Maternal Mortality

This briefing identified policies to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and address the forces resulting in the disproportionate maternal health outcomes. Panelists discussed policy options that support interventions among providers and public health entities to address the clinical and social drivers of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

Basics of Biosimilars

During this briefing, panelists explained the mechanisms of biologic drugs, explore the impact of current regulations on the uptake of biosimilars, and discuss considerations for the biosimilars market in the United States.

Congressional Briefing on Aging in America

This briefing is the last event in our 2018 Signature Series and we will explore the unique health and social needs of older adults and how to develop age-friendly communities that give aging Americans convenient access to all of the services they need.

Summit on Aging in America

During this summit, panelists explored how we can reframe the conversation around aging in America and discussed opportunities to improve health outcomes for older adults. Speakers discussed innovative payment models and approaches to integrating non-medical needs into those models as well as upcoming policy and regulatory priorities.