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 […]
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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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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, […]
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and AcademyHealth, with support from Immunize Colorado, are facilitating a new community of practice (CoP) comprised of state health officials from six states interested in improving their immunization rates. Funded by a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement, the Immunization Barriers in the […]
As COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths soar and federal guidance evolves, states are finetuning their vaccine distribution plans as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears poised to approve a vaccine later this week. The timely, safe, and equitable distribution of the vaccines falls squarely on states and their providers, who are already stretched […]
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.
As development of a COVID-19 vaccine continues, states are racing to develop vaccine distribution plans and are eager to ensure that the administrative challenges of testing and personal protective equipment distribution are not repeated. They must orchestrate vaccine storage and administration, data tracking, and capacity issues while questions about who will ultimately pay for the […]