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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.
Entries by Allie Atkeson
Data analysis is an essential tool for advancing health and racial equity. Geographic analysis of disease burden has illuminated the impact of racism and identified areas to target interventions. Spurred by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, states are exploring new strategies to use COVID-19 and other public health data to advance health and racial equity. Convergence analysis, using publicly […]
With historic federal investments in housing and health, states are well poised to shift investments from episodic emergency and institutional care to more sustainable community and supportive housing solutions. Housing stability is an essential social determinant of health and necessary for maintaining positive health outcomes. The impact of COVID-19 on people in institutional settings and populations experiencing homelessness further compels state officials to consider the need for equitable and targeted […]
Upstream factors such as access to nutritious food, education, and transportation drive inequities in oral health and health outcomes. States are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and to reduce costs by addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in their managed care medical and dental contracts. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently convened state leaders to discuss emerging opportunities for addressing SDOH related to oral health and ways to leverage existing […]
Across the nation, COVID-19 has exacerbated the dual challenges of housing affordability and homelessness. As states address these issues, there are new federal resources available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and proposed American Jobs Plan that states can deploy efficiently and equitably.
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.