The Synthesis Project

A collection of briefs and reports that synthesize research findings on perennial health policy questions.

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About This Series

The Synthesis Series is a collection of resources produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to synthesize research findings on perennial health policy questions. The collection aims to make research results more useful to policy-makers by:

  • Framing information around policy questions, rather than research issues.
  • Distilling and weighing the strength of research evidence in a rigorous and objective manner.
  • Emphasizing the policy implications of findings.

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Providing Preventive Oral Health Care to Infants and Young Children

September 19, 2013 | Report

Seven programs that provide preventive oral health care to young children (<5 years old) in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Early Head Start, and primary care settings are examined here.


Innovations that Address Socioeconomic, Cultural, and Geographic Barriers to Preventive Oral Health Care

September 19, 2013 | Report

Overcoming barriers to access will require innovative use of a well-trained, non-traditional workforce using strategies that re-engage populations with a history of poor access.


Dental Professionals in Non-Dental Settings

September 1, 2013 | Report

A report highlights nine efforts to reduce or eliminate socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural barriers to preventive oral health care.


Risk Adjustment: What is the Current State of the Art and How Can it be Improved?

July 1, 2013 | Report

The ACA requires risk adjustment for all plans in the individual and small group market, both inside and outside health insurance exchanges. This synthesis looks at the role of risk adjustment in health care markets and its effectiveness.


Consumer-directed Health Plans

October 1, 2012 | Report

CDHPs have grown in popularity since their inception, now enrolling about 17 percent of people with employer-sponsored insurance.