• Surgeon General Discusses Opioids and the Need for Partnerships at #NASHPCONF17

    US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, whose motto is “better health through better partnerships,” spoke at NASHP’s 30th annual State Health Policy Conference. It was a familiar venue for Adams, who as Indiana state health commissioner has attended NASHP conferences in the past and is a former NASHP Academy member. He addressed the opioid crisis and the need for building partnerships. Read more here. Watch his full remarks here.

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  • NASHP Identifies State Strategies to Help Schools Eliminate Racial Disparities

    The quality of students’ education has a long-term impact on their overall health, and racial disparities in education placement can have profound implications on students of color. States, using public health, Medicaid, mental health, and education resources, can help unravel policies and practices that negatively impact students of color. With support from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Research Unit, NASHP interviewed state officials and identified policy levers and programs states can use to eliminate disparities, including mental health consultation, data sharing, and systemic interventions. Read more.

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  • Read an Interview with Drug Cost Control Advocate Richard Gottfried at #NASHPCONF17

    Richard N. Gottfried, chair of the New York State Assembly’s Health Committee and member of NASHP’s Pharmacy Costs Work Group, took time at NASHP’s 30th State Health Policy Conference to answer questions about the growing number of state legislative initiatives to rein in drug costs. Read his interview here.

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  • Children’s Health Insurance Resources

    Through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states and the nation have made substantial progress in covering children and improving their access to quality health care supporting healthy growth and development. With ongoing funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NASHP has supported, analyzed, and reported on state efforts to extend children’s coverage since the CHIP program’s inception, building on our longstanding work on Medicaid.

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  • A Directory of State Community Health Worker Models Across the Country

    As states transform their health systems, many are using Community Health Workers (CHWs) to facilitate care coordination, enhance access to community-based services, and address social determinants of health. CHWs are typically frontline workers who are trusted members of a community and have a unique understanding of the people they serve. This map and its links highlight what states are doing to integrate CHWs into their evolving health care systems in key areas of financing, education and training, certification, and defining roles and scope of practice. This map includes current legislation and provides links to state associations and other leading organizations working on CHW issues.

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