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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
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
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
Health Affairs Blog | Inequities Amplified by COVID-19: Opportunities for Medicaid to Address Health Disparities

COVID-19 has laid bare and will likely exacerbate the glaring inequity faced by communities of color due to a “constellation” of factors. Communities of color have an increased risk of C... more

May 29, 2020
When COVID-19 Gives You Lemons: Pivoting to Virtual Community Engagement

Early in 2020, teams at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis and the Los Angeles Department of Health Services’ Whole Person Care (WPC-LA) program were prepped to launch new efforts to reach... more

May 19, 2020
New Jersey’s ‘Road Back’ Brings an Opportunity to Go Forward on Equity Amid COVID-19

Gov. Murphy’s Road Back identifies six principles to put the state on the road to recovery from COVID-19. This roadmap is vital, as are the Restart Commission and the Restart and Recove... more

May 13, 2020
On My Block: The Impact of Community Resources on Health Outcomes and Medical Spending

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that community resources — such as access to food, safe and affordable housing, and green space — are critically importa... more

May 1, 2020
Stemming the Risk of Disability Bias During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of ethical dilemmas related to equal access to health care diagnostic and treatment services. In doing so, it is shedding light on many populati... more

April 8, 2020