Letter from the Editor

This issue of RAND Health Quarterly includes a number of studies focusing on mental health. Five articles discuss the results of studies on mental health issues in California, including prevention and early intervention initiatives and beliefs related to mental illness stigma among young adults in California. Scharf et al. share the outcome of an evaluation of a primary and behavioral health care integration grant program. A study by Scharf and other colleagues examines a similar integration program in New York State. And Ramchand et al. created recommendations for developing a research strategy for suicide prevention in the U.S. Department of Defense.

In the area of global health, Mattke et al. recommend that China should create an innovative health care delivery model instead of copying Western models. Anthony and colleagues summarize work on health sector reform in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Chinman et al. evaluate the New Mexico Home Visiting Competitive Development Grant. And Nolte et al. examine the hospital landscape in France, Germany, Ireland, and the United States.

Several studies address health care delivery, quality, and patient safety: Weinick et al. designed and field tested a survey for use with adult patients who have visited the emergency department. And Schneider et al. evaluate tools designed to reduce risks related to health information technology. In the health policy and health economics category, Carman and Eibner examine changes in enrollment in health care coverage since September 2013; they estimate that 9.3 million more people had health care coverage by March 2014. In addition, Damberg et al. review and evaluate value-based purchasing programs.

Other studies examine the effects of Army deployments on soldier and family health care utilization, explore the scientific services needed to support the future of public health in England, and evaluate the Structural Genomics Consortium.

Andrew W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., M.P.P., Editor

RAND Health Quarterly is produced by the RAND Corporation. ISSN 2162-8254.