• Special Report: 2018 Elections and State Health Policy – Expect More Innovation

    This national scan summarizes the health care reforms and innovations that newly-elected governors promoted in their campaigns and may become policy in 2019. Political changes in governorships and state legislatures across the nation could usher in new state health policy initiatives that could impact Medicaid expansion, health insurance coverage and individual markets, drug cost controls, health care workforce shortages, substance abuse disorder treatment, and how states address the social determinants of health.

  • How Three States Promote Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Abuse Disorder

    The opioid epidemic has heightened states’ efforts to prevent and treat substance use disorder in pregnant and parenting women. NASHP interviewed Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas officials to learn about their interagency approaches to promote recovery for this under-served population. Read NASHP’s new report, State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder, which includes a list of federal funding sources available to support state initiatives.

  • State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    As states work to improve care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoCs) to improve patient- and family-centered care delivery, outcomes, and quality. This NASHP report identifies strategies states can use to promote SPoCs and features case studies illustrating how Iowa, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia implemented SPoC to improve care coordination.

  • How Lawrence, MA 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 benefits investments, and its determination of need spending. The city’s innovative work and longstanding partnerships offer a blueprint for cities and states interested in unlocking the potential of community-centered, multi-sector partnerships.

  • Q&A with Karen Palombo: To Respond Effectively to the Opioid Crisis in Texas, You Need to Ask ‘Will It Work in Odessa?’

    Karen Palombo, the substance use disorder (SUD) team lead in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, worked in several treatment settings before joining state government. Her first-hand knowledge gives her a unique perspective into how to use data, relationships, and grassroots connections to design and promote effective state SUD prevention and treatment programs.


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