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Health Affairs

Health Affairs  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Health Aff. (Millwood)
Discipline Medicine, health care
Language English
Edited by Alan Weil
Publication details
Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
Impact factor
ISSN 0278-2715 (print)
1544-5208 (web)
LCCN 82643664
OCLC no. 07760874
  • Journal homepage

Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed healthcare journal established in 1981 by John K. Iglehart; since 2014, the editor-in-chief is Alan Weil.[1] It was described by The Washington Post as "the bible of health policy".[2]


  • Overview 1
  • Abstracting and indexing 2
  • Narrative Matters 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres. Its mission is to serve as a high-level, nonpartisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and health care, and to address such issues as cost, quality, and access.[1]

Health Affairs is frequently cited by national media, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, network television and radio, and NPR.[1]

Abstracting and indexing

Health Affairs is indexed and/or abstracted in PubMed, MEDLINE, EBSCO databases, ProQuest, LexisNexis, Current Contents/Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences, and SwetsWise Online Content.

Narrative Matters

Narrative Matters is a personal-essay section.[3] It was established in 1999 with George Washington University) as its original editor.

During its history, Narrative Matters has published over 160 policy narratives on a wide-range of topics by well-known writers including Julia Alvarez, Alexander McCall Smith, and Abraham Verghese, by distinguished medical professionals and academics, as well as by patients. In 2006, the Johns Hopkins University Press published a selection of essays from Narrative Matters: "Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy" (eds. Fitzhugh Mullan, Ellen Ficklen, Kyna Rubin).

Since its inception, Narrative Matters has been funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Kellogg Foundation also funded several conferences that brought together present and future contributors to Narrative Matters.


  1. ^ a b c "Health Affairs -- About The Journal". Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ Pearlstein, Steven (January 12, 2005). "Consolidation: Health Care's Empty Promise".  
  3. ^ "Health Affairs: Narrative Matters". Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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