Population & Public Health

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

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    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

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    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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Six Slides to Help New Governors Improve Health

    Six Slides to Help New Governors Improve Health

    Governors across the country want their residents to live long, healthy, and productive lives. Residents’ life conditions — such as their neighborhoods, education, and income — make up 80 percent of the factors affecting their health, yet most health spending goes primarily to clinical care (Slide 2). As stewards of public resources and bound by […]

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  • Publications
    Lawrence, Massachusetts, Keeps the Community at the Center of Hospital Community Benefits

    Lawrence, Massachusetts, Keeps the Community at the Center of Hospital Community Benefits

    Lawrence, Massachusetts, a city that has struggled with poverty and poor health, is now a Culture of Health Prize winner due in part to state policies that bolster the city’s efforts to advance health equity and address social needs. These supportive state policies include guidelines governing the local hospital’s community health needs assessments, its community […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Federal Housing Policy Developments Could Affect State Health and Housing Programs

    Federal Housing Policy Developments Could Affect State Health and Housing Programs

    Peggy Bailey is director of the Health Integration Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Amy Clary is a senior policy associate at NASHP. States use a range of policy levers to address the roughly 80 percent of factors affecting health that are outside the realm of clinical care, such as access […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    As part of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) health and housing institute, officials from five states (IL, LA, NY, OR, and TX) met with other policymakers at #NASHPCONF18 to share how they work across agency siloes to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health […]

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