Population Health

State Community Health Worker Models

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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  • 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
  • Monday, February 23, 2015 Moderator: CDR Thomas Pryor United States Public Health Service, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Project Officer Presenters: Gail Hirsch Director, Office of Community Health Workers, Massachusetts Department of Public Health  Kari Armijo Health Care Reform Manager, Medical Assistance Division, New Mexico Human Services Department  Allie Gayheart Manager of Health Initiatives, […]

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    February 23, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • Oct 15, 2012 8:30am – 3:30pm Speakers: Abbey Cofsky David Kindig John Auerbach Joshua Sharfstein Mary McIntyre Paul Wallace Robin Lunge Jeanene Smith Paul K. Halverson Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard Christopher Atchison Anne M. Barry As states seek to reform delivery and payment systems to accomplish the Triple Aim, they are identifying opportunities to integrate clinical and […]

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    February 14, 2015 | Filed under: 2012 Conference, Population Health
  • Monday, October 19, 2015 8:30-4:30pm This preconference is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Download the Preconference ebook There is broad recognition that in order to improve health and lower costs, policymakers need to build links between initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health care and reforming the delivery system and those that […]

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    February 2, 2015 | Filed under: Day 1 2015, Population Health
  • As we noted in a previous analysis, the State Innovation Model (SIM) Testing Awards that HHS awarded to six states (Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont) were to support states’ work on multi-payer payment and delivery system reform. Strategies to improve the population’s health were a critical aspect of the SIM awards. The SIM […]

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    November 19, 2014 | Filed under: Charts, Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • Public health data has become increasingly important as the country focuses on achieving theTriple Aim of improving care, reducing costs, and improving population health. As public health data has the potential to inform a wide range of policy and programmatic decisions, finding ways to maximize available data sources can help policymakers implement more effective population […]

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    October 31, 2014 | Filed under: Population Health, State Refor(u)m