Berkeley-Haas Helps Spearhead Health Management Journal Relaunch

After a four-year hiatus, the journal Health Management, Policy and Innovation (HMPI), relaunched this month with a fresh editorial mission and a new group of editors, including Berkeley-Haas adjunct Prof. Kristiana Raube.

Berkeley-Haas is among the consortium of leading business school programs that reintroduced the quarterly online journal, which covers real-world problems faced by decision-makers in the health sector every day.

Kristi Raube

Many academic health journals are written for researchers and theorists, rarely addressing the practical questions of delivering care and running health systems, said Raube, who also serves as director of the Graduate Program in Health Management and the executive director of the International Business Development Program at Haas.

By contrast, HMPI targets the people who run health policy and health care institutions, as well as teachers and students in business school health care management programs. The journal’s essays and research articles are authored by a mix of scholars, policymakers, and health sector leaders, and are accessible to both academic and nonacademic readers.

Raube’s article for the first issue focuses on the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership, a joint public/private initiative in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Co-authored with Kimberly MacPherson, associate director of the Health Management Program at Haas, along with two other co-authors, the article explains how the initiative aims to coordinate the work of multiple agencies providing health services. The partnership’s approach may serve as a model for improving health care in other hard-to-serve communities.  “It’s a progressive and interesting model,” Raube said.

The online publication is sponsored by the Business School Alliance for Health Management, a consortium of 16 MBA programs in the U.S., Canada, India, and Spain that offer a concentration in health care. It covers topics ranging from fostering innovation and coordinating supply chains to the broad challenge of making affordable, high-quality care widely available. William Mitchell, professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, is editor-in-chief.

Other scholars publishing in the first issue include: Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School; Dr. Kevin A. Schulman, Duke University; and R. Lawrence Van Horn, Vanderbilt University, as well as Dr. Bill Frist, the former U.S. Senate majority leader, and Kevin A. Lobo, chairman of Stryker Corporation.