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Tracking State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

Medicaid is the health insurer for 45 percent of births in the United States and 66 percent of all births to Black mothers. Given the disparate rates of maternal mortality and morbidi... more

November 20, 2020
Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Dually Eligible Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have co-occurring physical or behavioral health conditions, which put them at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 a... more

November 18, 2020
Navigating the Opioid Epidemic amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives on Cross-Agency State Partnerships from New Jersey

How can states address the challenges of the opioid epidemic on top of the COVID-19 pandemic? Particularly in a state like New Jersey, where COVID-19 cases and deaths ranked second in the na... more

November 18, 2020
Now Is the Time for States to Get Serious About Investing in Primary Health Care

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the U.S. had historically underinvested in primary care, spending only five to seven cents of every health care dollar on primary care services. The pand... more

November 17, 2020
A Statewide Vision to Address the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Conversation with New Jersey’s Office of Resilience Leadership

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — such as abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, exposure to violence, and being subjected to prejudice and racism — can negatively impact a child's... more

November 13, 2020
Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog | Strengthening Family Caregiving Policies and Programs Through State Collaboration

November is National Family Caregivers Month, making it an opportune time to focus on how to better support this vital workforce. Over the past five years, the number of adults in the U.S. c... more

November 12, 2020
Addressing the Decline in Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19: Rhode Island’s Cross-Sector Response

Rhode Island is a great place to be a kid. Children and families in the state excel at key indicators of good health, strong families, and quality early learning experiences. An estimated 98... more

November 9, 2020
Driving and Delivering Results: A Conversation with Public Sector Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for public sector leaders to innovate their programming in response to the public health emergency and continue to find new ways to deliver ... more

November 2, 2020
COVID-19’s Effect on Dually Eligible Populations

COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in our health care system. The pandemic has had a startling impact on the 12 million individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, many of whom have ... more

November 2, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Dual Eligible Individuals Using Home- and Community-Based Services

Most older adults want to remain in their homes as they age — a sentiment that has strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic. But to do this, many will eventually require Medicaid-funded h... more

November 2, 2020
Practicing Good Public Administration During Challenging Times: A Conversation with Public Sector Leaders

Leading through a public health emergency like COVID-19 presents unique challenges and opportunities. The majority of states are now grappling with budget deficits and an economic recession,... more

October 26, 2020
Engaging Staff to Be Equity-Minded: A Conversation with Public Sector Leaders

The current focus on equity and inclusion across the country presents an opportunity for public sector health leaders to engage their staff to create agency cultures that value equity and in... more

October 19, 2020
Advancing Health, Well-Being, and Equity through Community-State Data-Sharing Partnerships

The importance of addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and health disparities is gaining increased recognition in the context of the health care delivery system as well as non-tra... more

October 19, 2020
A Framework for Thriving: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Health

America is failing its children and, in doing so, is jeopardizing its future. Infant and child mortality rates in the United States consistently exceed rates in 19 other developed nations. M... more

October 13, 2020
Maintaining Strategic Vision During COVID-19: A Conversation with Public Sector Leaders

The process of developing a strategic vision brings team members and other important stakeholders together to connect day-to-day work to a larger mission and set of goals. During a crisis li... more

October 13, 2020
Resiliency During COVID-19: A Conversation with Public Sector Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous strain on public sector health leaders who are responsible for responding to a public health crisis while simultaneously remaining focused on lon... more

September 28, 2020
Medicaid and Early Childhood Services: Potential Fiscal Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 on state budgets is expected to affect a range of vulnerable populations covered by Medicaid, including young children in low-income families. COVID-19 “lockdown... more

September 23, 2020
Amid a Pandemic and Beyond: Bolstering the Critical Capacity of Public Sector Leaders

Today’s public sector leaders are navigating an unprecedented public health emergency, a deepening economic recession, and, at the same time, a historic opportunity to address racial dispa... more

September 15, 2020
Modifying the Focus of Medicaid Value-Based Payment in the Context of COVID-19

Medicaid programs play a key role in supporting the health care system’s transition to the new normal created by the COVID-19 crisis. States and managed care organizations (MCOs) are consi... more

September 1, 2020
Identifying “Rising Risk” Populations: Early Lessons from the Complex Care Innovation Lab

In response to COVID-19, health care organizations around the country are mobilizing to identify patients at high risk of getting infected by the virus and/or having poor health outcomes i... more

August 20, 2020