Population & Public Health

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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  • 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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  • Governing Accountable Health Entities: Examples from 12 States

    More than a dozen states are developing accountable health models to improve population health and control costs by addressing community needs, such as transportation, recreation, and housing. These entities’ mission — to build healthy communities through cross-sector partnerships — is supported by innovative and evolving governance structures. This NASHP chart and a companion blog highlight […]

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  • Maps
    How States Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    How States Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    Updated March 26, 2019 Across the country, states use a variety of strategies to promote lead screening and treatment for children and pregnant women. Elevated blood lead levels increase the risk of damage to the brain and nervous system, slow growth, and development, and can cause learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems. These maps feature […]

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    March 25, 2019 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Maps, Population & Public Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Oregon’s Accountable Health Model Addresses Health Equity and Health-Related Needs: Four Lessons from CCO 2.0

    States developing accountable health models often look to Oregon for inspiration. Oregon established its Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in 2012, pursuant to a Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration waiver. CCOs are local networks of all types of health care providers — including physical, behavioral, and oral health providers — that the state pays a global capitated […]

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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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    March 5, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Toolkits

  • State Health Policy Blog

    NASHP’s Health and Housing Institute Celebrates First Anniversary

    This month, the five member states of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Health and Housing Institute are marking their first anniversary of breaking down agency silos and advancing reforms to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health or substance use disorders, or transitioning out […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Q&A: How Connecticut Matched Its Medicaid and Homelessness Data to Improve Health through Housing

    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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