Population & Public Health

States working to improve the health of people experiencing homelessness can match their Medicaid data with Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data to track which populations are using housing services and which have the greatest unmet need. HMIS are databases that housing service providers and Continua of Care (CoCs) community and state agencies use to […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which will provide multi-year funding to states to improve integrated care for maternal and child health populations enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    How Hawaii Fights the Flu: Pop-up Vaccination Clinics and State Agency Collaboration

    States are using creative and collaborative methods to increase flu immunization rates after 185 children died from influenza during the 2017-2018 season — the highest toll reported since the 2009 flu pandemic. The health and economic toll of last season’s flu outbreak in children nationwide included more than 48,000 hospitalizations and 6.5 million medical visits. […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Among the many issues  confronting new state governors and their administrations, the opioid crisis may be one of the most urgent and complex, and may leave the most devastating legacy. Opioids kill 130 Americans every day. For state policy makers, the ripple effect of the crisis reaches beyond health care systems to impact public safety […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    California Creates a State Surgeon General Position

    California Creates a State Surgeon General Position

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled several health care initiatives in his inaugural address last week, including a well-publicized plan to lower drug costs using public purchasing power. But a less-publicized action – establishing a state surgeon general post – to help tackle the social determinants of health and health equity, presents a significant opportunity for […]

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  • Toolkits
    Resources for States to Address Health Equity and Disparities

    Resources for States to Address Health Equity and Disparities

    Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts. Health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to live a long and healthy life regardless of race, ethnicity, […]

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    December 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Toolkits

  • Publications
    How Supported Employment Can Address Mental Health Inequities in Minority Populations: Five States’ Experiences

    How Supported Employment Can Address Mental Health Inequities in Minority Populations: Five States’ Experiences

    Supported employment is used to help people with severe mental illness and other disabilities obtain and retain jobs. As states increasingly promote employment among public assistance recipients, could this model be expanded to new populations, including those with more common mental disorders or racial or ethnic groups who face health disparities? In this report, NASHP […]

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    December 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

  • Publications
    State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page

    State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page

    Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines through Medicaid and the Vaccines for Children program, immunization rates among children enrolled in Medicaid remain lower than for privately-insured children. Disparities in vaccination rates also persist for African-American children and those living in poverty. Nearly half of US pregnant women are covered by Medicaid, but data […]

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    December 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

  • Publications
    Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid

    Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid

    Nationally, Medicaid finances 45 percent of births and is a critical resource to improve maternal health and birth outcomes and lower avoidable costs. With an increasing number of initiatives focusing on pregnant and postpartum women, such as the federal Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model, states can learn from innovative programs, including Virginia’s BabyCare initiative. This […]

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    December 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications, Virginia

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Q&A: How Rhode Island Tackles Social Determinants of Health through its Accountable Entity Model

    Q&A: How Rhode Island Tackles Social Determinants of Health through its Accountable Entity Model

    Across the country, states are launching new payment models that reward quality, promote care integration, improve access, and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in an effort to improve population health. One of these ground-breaking initiatives is Rhode Island’s Accountable Entity (AE) Program, created to improve the health of Rhode Islanders enrolled in Medicaid […]

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