Population & Public Health

The profound connection between the environment and human health makes headlines primarily when things go wrong: when air pollution triggers asthma attacks, water is tainted by toxins, and tick- and mosquito-borne diseases spread, propelled by a changing climate. But some state leaders see the health of the environment as a critical and continuous state policy […]

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  • Leveraging CHIP to Improve Children’s Health: An Overview of State Health Services Initiatives

    Through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states can develop Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) to improve the health of low-income children and youth. While HSIs can serve children of all incomes, they must be designed to directly improve the health of children under age 19 who are eligible for CHIP and/or Medicaid.

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Six Slides to Help State Legislators Improve Health

    State legislators across the country have an important role to play in improving health by facilitating cross-sector collaboration in their states and aligning government policies to support health. To help with this work, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has developed six slides that state legislators can use and adapt to make the […]

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  • Publications

    Vermont Uses an Accountable Care Organization Model to Promote Developmental Screenings during Well-Child Visits

    Without early identification and treatment of development delays, children may face long-lasting and costly consequences. With more states reporting their developmental screening Child Core Set measures and new federal initiatives promoting value-based payment for children’s health, Vermont’s innovative affordable care organization’s approach can provide valuable insights. This fact sheet describes Vermont’s strategy to prioritize developmental […]

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  • Publications

    State Policy Levers for Advancing Quality Improvements in Primary Care

    States, as major purchasers of health care, have a compelling interest to spur primary care providers to adopt the latest research to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. This new report, the third in the EvidenceNOW: Insights for State Health Policymakers Series, highlights policy levers states can use to support the adoption of evidence-based […]

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  • Publications

    Resources to Help States Fund Health-Related Social and Economic Needs

    Federal funding can help states improve housing, employment, and other life conditions for their vulnerable residents. This table highlights new programs, including public-private investment opportunities from the US Treasury, integrated care models from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and recent federal initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. It also features key longstanding sources, […]

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    April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

  • How 10 States Keep the ‘Community’ in Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Non-profit hospitals are federally required to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years and develop a plan to meet those needs in exchange for their tax exempt status. Many states have laws or guidelines that are more detailed than the federal requirements. Scroll down to see 10 states’ guidelines for involving community members […]

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    April 12, 2019 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page, Population & Public Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How States Keep Community at the Center of Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Tax-exempt hospitals receive billions of dollars in tax exemptions each year. In exchange, they are required to invest in the health of their communities. But to do that, hospitals must first identify the health needs of the communities they serve. States can work to make sure hospitals truly seek out and act on meaningful input […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Governors Take the Long View in Addressing Early Childhood Development

    State policymakers have historically promoted early childhood development improvements, but this year a growing number are acknowledging children’s early years as critical in determining their future health and success during adulthood. As a result, governors are promoting investments in the future health of their states by focusing resources on their youngest citizens. This investment can […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States Guide the Governance of Accountable Health Entities to Promote Community Health and Engagement

    At least 12 states are developing accountable health models to improve health and control costs by addressing health-related community needs, such as transportation, recreation, and housing. Their goals include building healthy communities and improving health equity through cross-sector partnerships, and their organizational and governance structures are evolving to reach these goals. In these accountable health […]

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