Dec. 21, 2004

Jon Gardner, Health Affairs,

Health Affairs Receives Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation To Expand Publication Of Global Health Research And Analysis

Journal To Publish Three International Theme Issues, In Addition To Strengthening Overall Coverage Of Health Issues In Developing Countries

BETHESDA, MD — Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, has received a $2.95 million, five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its publication of articles on global health issues.

The bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal published by Project HOPE, a not-for-profit international health education organization, will encourage the submission of manuscripts that analyze global health issues from leaders in the field and encourage other analysts and researchers to turn their attention to these subjects as well. The grant will enable Health Affairs to expand its global portfolio to include more in-depth study of health issues facing the developing world and their implications for U.S. policymakers.

Health Affairs will publish the global health content as part of its regular print edition, which will be made available at no charge online to readers in the lowest-income nations. The journal also will publish international health policy articles as Web Exclusives (Health Affairs’ weekly online-only papers that are free to all viewers) and, as part of the grant, will publish three thematic issues devoted to international health policy topics beginning in 2007.

“This project will provide an important new link between research and policy by translating research results for people who make decisions about U.S. policy—in both government and the private sector,” said John Iglehart, founding editor of Health Affairs.

“There is little or no intellectual bridge between advances in thinking about health policy in the U.S. and other advanced economies, on the one side, and progress toward solutions to persistent problems of underfinancing, inequity, lack of risk sharing, and other issues that are common in the developing world, on the other,” Iglehart said. “Because many U.S. policymakers read Health Affairs, the journal sees an important opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of discourse in international health policy circles, and to stimulate and document serious, forward-looking research on issues related to the economic, financial, political, institutional and programmatic dimensions of global health.

“We anticipate that the publication of more global health policy material will increase both the number of international readers who see the journal and visit our Web site and also the number of academic researchers and private-sector analysts who submit their work to us for our consideration.”

Health Affairs is a trusted resource for information and analysis on critical health policy issues,” said Joe Cerrell, Director of Global Health Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “We’re very excited that Health Affairs will be expanding its focus on the health challenges facing developing countries.”

To facilitate the expanded publication of international health content, the journal will recruit an editor recognized in international health circles to oversee publication of this content and also create an international advisory board to help ensure the project’s success. The journal also expects that the Center for Global Development’s Global Health Policy Research Network will be a key source of international health policy material. Material considered for publication in the journal under this grant will be subjected to the same peer-review process that the journal uses with all of its content.

The Gates Foundation grant will strengthen what has already been a substantial effort in international health policy analysis by the journal. For six years, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, the journal has published an annual international issue, but this effort has focused on the problems of industrialized countries. With the help of the Gates Foundation, Health Affairs will broaden its focus more on global health issues affecting the developing world, bringing these issues and proposed solutions into sharper focus for readers in the United States and other advanced economies.

Founded in 1980, Health Affairs is read by 35,000 people in its bimonthly print edition and 600,000 times a month on the World Wide Web at Health Affairs is ranked no. 1 in “impact factor” among all journals of health policy and health services research, and is the “most-read” health care journal on Capitol Hill, according to independent surveys by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The journal is read by government health leaders around the world; health industry decisionmakers at hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical, and technology firms; academics and researchers in such fields as economics, public health, medicine, nursing, political science, health administration, and more; health lawyers; investment analysts; lobbyists; reporters; and students.




Health Affairs, published by Project HOPE, is a bimonthly multidisciplinary journal devoted to publishing the leading edge in health policy thought and research. Additional peer-reviewed papers are published weekly online as Health Affairs Web Exclusives at Health Affairs Web Exclusives are supported in part by a grant from the Commonwealth Fund.

©2004 Project HOPE–The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.