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Incorporating Community Voice to Inform Justice Policy in Los Angeles County

Health care and government entities increasingly recognize the importance of involving community members when making decisions that impact the community at large. The Los Angeles Department ... more

March 2, 2021
Leadership with Lived Experience Matters: Helping to Transform the Justice System in Los Angeles

The vision of the Whole Person Care - Los Angeles (WPC-LA) team is to ensure that the most marginalized Medi-Cal (Medicaid) beneficiaries in LA County have the resources and support they nee... more

March 2, 2021
Listening to Somali Voices: The Impact of Hennepin Healthcare’s Community Engagement Leaders in Addressing Mental Health Needs

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. Hennepin Healthcare — a Minneapolis-based safety net health care system — identified mental health access for thi... more

March 2, 2021
Health Affairs Blog | Envisioning the Future of Complex Care

By Allison Hamblin, MSPH, Center for Health Care Strategies and Kedar Mate, MD, Institute for Healthcare Improvement The past 10 years have seen major growth in the field of comple... more

February 19, 2021
As Crises Collide: Provider Insights on Caring for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In January 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced statewide strategies to address the opioid epidemic, which included a Medicaid initiative establishing two Centers of Excellence (C... more

January 7, 2021
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
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
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
How COVID-19 is Expanding CareOregon’s Approach to Defining High-Risk Patients

Before COVID-19 entered the nation’s lexicon, pioneering health plans were seeking innovative ways to stratify their members to better target high-risk individuals for needed health and/or... more

August 6, 2020