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Health Policy Conference

Improving State Health Outcomes: What Is Most Effective?



Diboll Auditorium, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70112


The goal of this one-day conference aimed to bring together a group of scholars from economics, public health, and medicine to present research that will generate discussion about the best ways to improve state health outcomes and move a state from the bottom to the top of the health rankings. Sessions focused on behavioral health (i.e. tobacco, obesity) interventions and health systems reforms (medical homes and coordinated care, electronic medical records, and insurance expansions) to improve state health outcomes. Please see the conference schedule below and various presentations from the conference.

About the Speaker

Welcome and Introduction (Mary Olson, Associate Professor, Economics, Tulane)

Morning sessions: Behavioral Health Problems and Policies

Tobacco: The Dynamics of the Problem (Michael Darden, Assistant Professor, Economics, Tulane)

Risky Behaviors (Nantaporn Plurphanswat, Postdoctoral Fellow, Murphy Institute, Tulane)

Obesity and Health Outcomes in Adolescents: Implications for Improving State Health Outcomes (John Rizzo, Professor of Economics and Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University)

Improving Mental Health in Los Angeles and New Orleans: Applications of Community-Partnered Participatory Research (Ken Wells, Professor in Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA/RAND)

Afternoon sessions: Improving Outcomes through Health Systems Reform

Insurance Expansions and Health Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Oregon (Heidi Allen, Research Scientist, Providence Health Systems)

N.O. Health Reforms Over the Last Six years: Improving Access and Quality (Karen DeSalvo, N.O. Health Commissioner)

Health Information Technology and Health Outcomes in Louisiana (Mark Diana, Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Anjum Khurshid, Director of Health Systems Development, Louisiana Public Health Institute)

Louisiana Health Information Exchange (Cindy Munn, Executive Director of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum)

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