Publications

This report examines how state agencies and medical providers are working together to improve the quality of health care for children, particularly for those who are underserved and members of at-risk populations. The paper discusses the roles that states can play in supporting provider efforts to improve the quality of children’s health care, and it […]

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    Seven Steps Toward State Success in Covering Children Continuously

    In March 2006, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened a small invitational symposium on child health coverage. This brief summarizes key suggestions which emerged during the symposium discussion about lessons learned over the past decade of state efforts to increase rates of child health coverage. Participants in the symposium reviewed and discussed […]

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    State Approaches to Childhood Obesity: A Snapshot of Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

    Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the U.S., with serious health and social consequences for millions of children. Medicaid alone now serves some 4 million obese children. States are growing increasingly concerned about the issue and are focusing energy and resources on addressing it. This report details state efforts to combat this complex and […]

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    Enhancing State and Local Capacity to Promote Healthy Weight in Children: Addressing Disparities in the Real World

    This report provides practical information that states and community groups can use to implement projects aimed at reducing disparities in childhood overweight. It offers a snapshot of 15 state and local initiatives that are designed to address the issue and includes lessons learned from a discussion with representatives of the 15 projects. The report is […]

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    April 2, 2009 | Filed under: Publications

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    Kansas Health Reform: Options for Adding Dental Benefits

    The United States is once again experiencing a steady wave of state health reforms intended to cover more uninsured people, restrain rising costs, improve health outcomes, and redistribute financial burdens. Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont were at the forefront in crafting broad, ambitious reforms and are well along in the implementation process. In many other states, […]

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    March 31, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications

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    Using Medicaid to Support Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development

    This report examines both why and how state Medicaid programs can support children’s healthy mental development and includes a discussion of how states can use Medicaid to better support young children’s social/emotional development even in the current economic climate. It includes specific strategies Medicaid agencies can use (and have used) to support young children’s healthy […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Publications

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    Screening for Behavioral Developmental Problems: Issues, Obstacles, and Opportunities for Change

    This paper examines issues related to screening children for developmental disabilities and problems. It examines the ways in which screening tools differ from one another and the challenges that are often faced by those working to integrate screening tools in medical practices. The paper is designed to provide states with a framework for evaluating developmental […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Publications

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    Key Measurement Issues in Screening, Referral, and Follow-Up Care for Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development

    This report is designed to assist states in assessing the effectiveness of their efforts to strengthen mental health services for very young children. The paper is an outgrowth of the work conducted by the five states involved in the ABCD II Consortium, an initiative of NASHP and The Commonwealth Fund that seeks to improve the […]

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    State Approaches to Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development: A Survey of Medicaid, Maternal and Child Health, and Mental Health Agencies

    This report examines how states are addressing the healthy mental development of children ages birth to 3 and is based on a survey of Medicaid, maternal and child health, and children’s mental health agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report addresses critical issues confronting states, common approaches to addressing them, […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Publications

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    ABCD: Lessons from a Four-State Consortium

    This report summarizes the lessons learned from a four-state collaborative concerned with strengthening the capacity of the health care system to support the early development of children from low-income families. The consortium was the first effort in the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) initiative conducted by NASHP. The report details both the significant […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications