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.
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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 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 […]
Faced with persistent disparities in vaccination rates among children and pregnant women, a five-state community of practice, coordinated by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth and Immunize Colorado, formed interdisciplinary, cross-agency teams to address access and other challenges to reduce immunization gaps among low-income pregnant women and children. Their approaches and lessons […]
Through a unique partnership between the Iowa Medicaid and public health agencies, Iowa’s I-Smile program addresses the disproportionate impact of dental disease on low-income individuals. I-Smile and its related I-Smile @ School for children and I-Smile Silver for adults help promote preventive oral health services and reduce barriers to dental care across the state.
Aided by an infusion of federal relief funds for housing and other support services, many states and cities are working to provide temporary housing to individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness to keep them healthy and protected from COVID-19. But with difficult budget decisions ahead, it is important for states to consider the future […]
With few places to self-isolate, limited access to disinfectant supplies, and overcrowded shelters that reduce residents’ ability to physically distance themselves, individuals experiencing homelessness are at unique risk for COVID-19. Recent estimates suggest that up to 40 percent of homeless individuals, many of whom have underlying health conditions, may become infected. As COVID-19 cases increase, […]
As states mobilize to meet the crushing health care demands resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers are increasing the flexibility and capacity of their health care systems. One strategy is to address provider shortages that existed even before the pandemic by loosening health care licensing requirements and expanding scope-of-practice rules. As states work to address […]
Despite the health benefits of immunizing pregnant women against influenza and pertussis (whooping cough) and protecting them and their infants from these life-threatening diseases, only half of pregnant women are vaccinated against both diseases and only one-third receive both the influenza and pertussis vaccines during pregnancy. Three states are trying a number of innovative approaches […]