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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. Despite its high price tag, the majority of health care spending ignores critical determinants of health, including social and […]

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  • How Supported Employment Can Address Mental Health Inequities in Minority Populations: Five States’ Experiences
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    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, Publications
  • State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page
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    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, Publications
  • How States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Deliver Long-Term Services and Supports to Children with Special Health Care Needs
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    An increasing number of state Medicaid agencies are using managed care to provide long-term services and supports to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This new NASHP issue brief explores the strategies and critical contract language and policies that states are using to implement these Medicaid managed care programs to provide long-term […]

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    December 3, 2018 | Filed under: CYSHCN and Medicaid Managed Care, Publications
  • Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid
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    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, Publications, Virginia
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    About this Fact Sheet The various state examples outlined here resulted from a 12-month learning collaborative facilitated by NASHP, in partnership with the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH). NASHP and AMCHP convened the learning collaborative academy both virtually and in-person, providing […]

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    November 30, 2018 | Filed under: Publications
  • States Utilize Cross-Agency Resources to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages
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    The National Academy for State Health Policy examined how Indiana and Alaska leverage their resources and build new partnerships to implement innovative, cross-agency approaches to bolster their health care workforces. These case studies explore: Cross-agency coalitions that develop and implement innovative workforce strategies; Opportunities to use data to identify and address workforce shortages; Strategies to […]

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    November 13, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications
  • State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder
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    The opioid epidemic has heightened states’ efforts to prevent and treat of substance use disorder (SUD) in pregnant and parenting women. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, interviewed Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas officials about the unique interagency approaches they are using to promote recovery […]

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  • State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
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    Care coordination is an essential component of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). When successfully implemented, it can improve care, reduce costs, avoid fragmented and duplicative care, and improve family functioning and satisfaction. As states work to provide quality care coordination, many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to […]

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  • Lawrence, Massachusetts, Keeps the Community at the Center of Hospital Community Benefits
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    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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    October 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Massachusetts, Publications