Population Health

At a recent NASHP preconference, Improving Health, Lowering Costs: Translating Population Health into Effective State Policy, we heard from Washington State about the innovative work currently underway as part of its Healthier Washington initiative. This panel featured MaryAnne Lindeblad from the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) and two local perspectives: Patty Hayes, Director of Public […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    When it comes to keeping members healthy—not just treating them when they’re sick—the Oregon Health Authority knows it can pay to be flexible. Through its 1115 demonstration, Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) can pay for non-medical services that improve the health of their members while lowering costs. CCOs are local networks of Medicaid providers that […]

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  • From Alaska to Vermont, there is broad recognition across states that improving health and lowering costs requires policymakers to build links between initiatives aimed at reforming the delivery system and those that address factors outside of traditional health care that extend to work, family, and community life. Implementing this vision challenges states to find new approaches […]

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    September 25, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Recent media reports have featured chronically homeless individuals who have improved their health and reduced their emergency department use thanks to one intervention:supportive housing. According to one federal agency, supportive housing is “an approach to subsidized housing that provides voluntary services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to promote long-term stability, recovery and improved health.” […]

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  • Webinars

    This webinar offered participants an opportunity to learn about cross-agency levers states can use to meet the housing and health needs of homeless populations. The webinar also addressed the financing mechanisms, data infrastructure and strategic partnerships that facilitate the blending of health care and housing funding streams.

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    August 13, 2015 | Filed under: Population & Public Health, Population Health, Webinars
  • State Community Health Worker Models
    Maps

    As states transform their health systems many are turning to Community Health Workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, and addressing social determinants of health. While state definitions vary, CHWs are typically frontline workers who are trusted members of […]

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    May 7, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, Maps, Population Health
  • Community health workers (CHWs) are often employed to improve health equity, cultural competency, health literacy and access to care, among other issues. Because they have such varied roles, there are many definitions of CHWs; however, they are commonly identified by their in-depth understanding of the population they serve. On a recent State Refor(u)m webinar, speakers […]

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    May 6, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • Oral Health and the Triple Aim Toolkit
    Toolkits

    Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can help states move toward the Triple Aim goals of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing per-capita health care spending. Poor oral health—including high rates of tooth decay, missing teeth, and gum disease—and inadequate access […]

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    April 20, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, Oral Health, Population Health, Toolkits
  • Governors hold a unique capacity to help promote a culture of health using the tools of their state governments in purchasing, regulating, and policymaking. In their 2015 State of the State or inaugural addresses, governors referenced a variety of health issues and are recognizing the need for policies to focus more broadly in order to […]

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    April 2, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • The Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) is a unique state model that supports community-based partnerships, including municipalities, healthcare systems, businesses, regional planning organizations, and schools, to work together to provide research-based interventions that will improve health outcomes and reduce costs. In 2012, the PWTF was established through the state’s health care cost-containment legislation, […]

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    March 10, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m