resource Driving a Cross-Agency Focus on Equity and Access: Indiana’s Office of Healthy Opportunities

States across the country increasingly recognize the value of addressing social determinants of health — such as housing, transportation, food, and employment — as a means to improve population health, advance health equity, and reduce health care spending. In early 2018, Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) created the Office of Healthy Opportunities. Dedicated… Read more »

December 2018
resource Restoring Health and Humanity to the Recently Incarcerated

Growing up, Joe Calderon idolized Tony Montana, the gangster from the movie “Scarface.” When people inevitably reminded him how Montana died, his response was always the same: “But did you see how he lived?” Having experienced poverty and homelessness as a child, Montana’s rise to wealth and power represented what many in Calderon’s neighborhood dreamed… Read more »

December 2018
resource Providing a Peer “Home Base” for People with Addictions Who Are Homeless

Ashley Turner, a substance use disorder community health worker for Los Angeles (LA) County’s Whole Person Care initiative, knows from experience that the first steps toward recovery are the hardest. The primarily homeless clients she works with come from all walks of life: “A lot of them are ashamed…They might have come from a prestigious… Read more »

December 2018
resource Taking Complex Care on the Road Using Community Paramedics

After many years as a paramedic, Brian Randall often wondered: “What happened to that patient?” After rushing to the scene of an emergency, saving a patient’s life, and then transporting them to the hospital — he would never see them again. As an outgoing and curious individual, these encounters left Randall eager to know the… Read more »

December 2018
resource Connecting Patients to Community and Care in Small-Town South Carolina

Tracie Mason has lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina all her life. Despite a recent uptick in growth and development, Spartanburg maintains its close-knit sense of community and rural atmosphere. It is one of the things Mason loves most about Spartanburg, which was named one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2015 Culture of Health communities…. Read more »

December 2018
resource Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

Across the country, health care stakeholders increasingly recognize the impact of trauma on health and the value of trauma-informed care. But the logistics of adopting a trauma-informed approach to care and seamlessly integrating such a focus into the day-to-day routines of a health care setting are less clear. The Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center, developed… Read more »

project Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems Transformation

There is growing consensus among national health care policy experts that aligning payment and quality improvement activities offers critical opportunities to improve health equity. Among Medicaid populations in particular, there are significant opportunities to use payment innovations to address health care disparities. Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems Transformation, a national program supported… Read more »

November 2018
resource Mitigating Medication Trauma in Complex Needs Populations

 People with complex health and social needs frequently have complicated drug regimens, often taking 10 or more medications daily, with hard-to-understand dosage instructions, prescribed by numerous providers. Too often these individuals are overwhelmed by their medication routine and face significant challenges around medication adherence, risk of medication errors, and avoidable complications caused by drug… Read more »

November 2018