Project Title

Health Affairs Theme Issue on Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Date Awarded

March 18, 2022


Outside New York State





Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed health policy journal, regularly publishes special thematic issues that address major topics in health care policy and practice.

The journal plays a key role in identifying emerging and promising practices, providing actionable evidence to public and private sector policymakers and advancing innovation. Health Affairs quickly emerged as a trusted source during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to grapple with policy decisions during the ongoing pandemic—testing, public safety, vaccine rollout, and mitigating the spread of disease—it is important to review and elevate the broad lessons we have learned from the pandemic experience. In 2022, NYHealth awarded a grant to Project HOPE for Health Affairs to publish a special issue on key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be published in 2023.

Under this grant, Health Affairs published and released the special issue, as well as related materials. Health Affairs issued a broad call for abstracts, collaborating with a range of funders and thought leaders to generate ideas and identify authors and topics. This special issue and related materials provided analyses of prevention efforts; explored the pandemic’s health care, economic, and societal impact; and identified innovations that emerged during the pandemic. Health Affairs also engaged in robust outreach to promote the journal issue, pitching the media and getting the word out via social media channels and its blog. It held a virtual public briefing and conducted outreach to ensure that the work helps to inform policymakers, including representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, private industry leaders, health care practitioners, patient advocates, consultants, and academics.