More than a year into the pandemic, COVID-19 is proving to be a complicated syndemic with political, economic, and social factors influencing who is most at risk of infection and death. With communities impacted by structural racism facing higher COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, state responses and recovery plans are focusing on equity.
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About Allie Atkeson
Allie Atkeson joined NASHP’s Population Health Team in June 2020 as a policy associate, where she works with states on policies and payment models to address social determinants of health. Prior to joining NASHP, Allie worked to advance public health policy in Virginia with Virginia Consumer Voices, the American Heart Association, and B2L Consulting. She has worked on projects with the Vermont Department of Health, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and also completed a year of AmeriCorps service in Washington, DC with the Latin American Youth Center. Atkeson has a BA in sociology from the University of Mary Washington and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Health Resources and Services Administration trainee in the Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence. She is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and recipient of the David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship.
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Governors use their annual state of the state addresses to showcase recent successes and define their policy priorities for the year ahead. By late February, 45 governors had delivered speeches outlining plans to address a wide range of health and related issues in the coming months. All mentioned their states’ responses to COVID-19, frequently praising […]
The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in the United States. With systemic racism driving these inequities, states are addressing the root causes and advancing racial and health equity with cross-agency collaboration, effective use of data, and improved community input and staff diversity. They are also leveraging Medicaid managed care and making […]
Last month, Congress extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium until Jan. 31, 2021. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the nation faces a housing crisis with an estimated 30 to 40 million renters at risk of eviction. States are stepping up to provide additional protections and some governors are issuing […]
Nonprofit hospitals can be important partners for states in promoting community health, especially through their community benefit investments. Montana’s Legislative Audit Division recently completed a report that calculated the total tax exemptions and community benefit spending by its 47 nonprofit hospitals and found they had no real impact on the health of Montanans.
Inequities in oral health and health outcomes are driven by upstream factors, including diet, education, transportation, and access to care. A growing number of states are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and reduce costs by addressing these social determinants of health in their managed care contracts.