Following the May 10, 2021 approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15, approximately 17 million adolescents are now able to get vaccinated, about half of whom are adolescents of color. States are using lessons learned from earlier vaccination efforts and adapting the planning and implementation process of vaccinating individuals aged 16 and older against COVID-19 to inform the process for those 12 and older and ensure an equitable and efficient approach. This authorization raises new […]
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About Ariella Levisohn
Ariella Levisohn joined NASHP in September 2019 as a research analyst with the Population Health Team. She is involved in projects related to housing, oral health, and immunizations for children and pregnant women. Prior to joining NASHP, she worked with a mobile health clinic that provided free health screenings and counseling in the Boston area, and led a project to expand the clinic into neighboring communities. During college, Levisohn researched sexual education policy and completed an independent study on sexual education in religious high schools. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2019, where she majored biology, health policy, and gender studies.
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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 […]
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, which is easier to store and transport than others and reportedly causes fewer side effects, offers opportunities for states to improve vaccination outreach. At a time when supply remains one of the largest barriers to vaccine administration, the […]
Individuals experiencing homelessness often face more barriers to obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination than others. As more vaccines become available and supplies increase, new and emerging best practices for vaccinating individuals in homeless shelters may help states more efficiently vaccinate other hard-to-reach or medically vulnerable populations, such as those living in rural areas or congregate settings. […]
In 2019, more than 500,000 individuals experienced homelessness and nearly 20 million renters spent 30 percent or more of their income on housing. These numbers are increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates housing insecurity for people of color and low-wage workers. To improve housing stability – a critical social determinant of health (SDOH) – states […]
As states rapidly work to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms as quickly as possible as viral variants spread, state officials know vaccine rollout plans must focus on equitable distribution to communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities that have experienced disproportionately high infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. However, early data suggests that these populations are receiving vaccines […]
Faced with limited vaccine supplies, a slow rollout of federal funds, and new federal guidelines allowing vaccination of those 65 and older, states face distribution challenges as they quickly evaluate which mass immunization practices are most effective.
Inequities in dental care are prevalent across the United States, with significant disparities based on age, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Economic factors, such as ability to pay for dental insurance, and social factors such as food insecurity and access to nutritious food options also play a large role in oral health outcomes. In Michigan, […]