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Leveraging Medicaid to Support Early Childhood and Parental Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

As COVID-19 vaccination rates improve and new infections wane, it is important to remember that the social, emotional, and economic impacts on children and families will not suddenly van... more

April 19, 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
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
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
Medicaid’s Role in the Next Phase of COVID-19 Response: Part I

Across the nation, government, business, and community leaders are devising plans to re-open the economy and public spaces, while minimizing the risks associated with a second wave of infect... more

April 21, 2020
The Exponential Value of Integrating Cross-Agency Data: Lessons from Washington State’s David Mancuso

Many Medicaid programs across the nation are seeking to foster cross-agency alignment to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries. In particular, integrated data sources from multiple age... more

March 10, 2020
A Marriage between Medicaid and Public Health: A Q&A on Partnering for Prevention

Public Health: "Why can't Medicaid pay for our stuff, haven't they seen that it is evidence-based and will save money?" Medicaid: “Why does everyone ask us to pay for their stuff?” ... more

June 18, 2019
Five Things to Know About CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

As the US health care system undergoes dynamic change, increased alignment between health care quality and payment is providing new opportunities for the public health and health care se... more

October 11, 2018