Population Health

The Round Two State Innovation Model (SIM) Test Awards granted by HHS to eleven states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington) support state efforts to build multi-payer models of health system transformation. As noted in a previous analysis, population health improvement is an important component of the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Healthier Washington Initiative Promotes Accountable Communities of Health Statewide

    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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    November 13, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m

  • State Health Policy Blog

    To Improve Health and Lower Costs, Oregon Gets Flexible

    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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  • Leveraging State Resources to Create a Culture of Health

    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

    Is Housing Good Medicine for States?

    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

    State Strategies for Integrating Health Care and Housing for Homeless Individuals and Families

    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

  • Maps
    State Community Health Worker Models

    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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    May 7, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, Maps, Population Health

  • Community Health Worker Models in Evolving State Health Care Systems

    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

  • Toolkits
    Oral Health and the Triple Aim Toolkit

    Oral Health and the Triple Aim Toolkit

    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

  • Achieving a Culture of Health: Governors Weigh In

    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