Population & Public Health

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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