Population & Public Health

High-profile diseases such as Ebola and Zika grab headlines, but state health policymakers know that emergency preparedness begins long before the first news stories—or symptoms—appear. Preparedness and response often includes cross-sector work that addresses the intersections between public health infectious disease strategy and state Medicaid and emergency management policies. At the nexus of federal policy […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State agencies across the country, from Medicaid to public health, to social services and corrections, are deeply engaged in multi-sector initiatives to reduce infant mortality. And for good reason­­ — the United States ranks 25th among industrialized countries in infant mortality with a disproportionate number of being African Americans. Despite the gravity of the problem, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    To help better prevent and control costly conditions such as chronic diseases, and to break the cycle of poor health, states are experimenting with mechanisms to incentivize healthy behaviors and personal responsibility for wellness. This past October, as part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, leaders from Connecticut, Idaho, and […]

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  • A panel at the NASHP conference will feature state perspectives on public health preparedness and outbreak investigation policies, including strategies for navigating the political and media messaging challenges that can accompany emergencies and outbreaks. http://www.nashp.org/a-to-zika-are-you-prepared-for-this-diseaseand-the-next-one/

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    October 14, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • State Health Policy Blog

    As the opioid crisis continues across the country, state health policy makers understand that health is more than health care. In order to maximize health benefits, and save on costs states are looking for innovative ways to address this crisis. Several states are implementing ACH models that emphasize prevention and work with community and cross-sector, […]

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  • The high prevalence of uncontrolled asthma among child populations served by Medicaid programs and the associated rising costs often are the impetus for states to improve the quality of care provided to children with asthma. New opportunities to comprehensively address asthma and its triggers are emerging through state and national health care delivery system and […]

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  • Publications

    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use […]

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  • Community Health Workers (CHWs) are increasingly involved in efforts to improve health by addressing social determinants, and many Medicaid managed care participants benefit from their services, according to a new article from Pew. How do CHWs fit with your state’s health system transformation and health equity efforts?

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    July 8, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • The National Center for Healthy Housing surveyed states to see how they finance home-based asthma services and lead poisoning follow-up. According to the report, some state Medicaid programs reimburse for asthma services and lead follow-up provided by community health workers (CHWs). How does your Medicaid program address housing-related illnesses? Are CHWs involved in your state’s […]

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    June 30, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health
  • The ultimate goal of health care is to improve and maintain people’s health and functional status. Population health goals are best attained through the coordinated efforts of the public health and personal health systems. The prevention and public health components of the ACA represent a fundamental shift from public health as an afterthought, subject to […]

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    June 21, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health