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 […]
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About Elinor Higgins
Elinor Higgins joined NASHP in August 2018 as a research analyst with the Population Health Team. She works on a variety of projects focusing on environmental health, upstream prevention, social determinants of health, accountable health models, and maternal and child health. Prior to joining NASHP, Elinor was an intern with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force and RUSH University Medical Center, where she contributed to research on vitality and health disparities in Chicago’s neighborhoods while assisting in outreach that addressed health inequities. She also interned for Health Care Education and Training, an organization that provides program support to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes. Higgins attended Wellesley College and completed an independent study on job mobility and economic status of community health workers. She graduated in 2018 with a BA in biology and women’s and gender studies.
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Contact tracing is an essential strategy for curbing the spread of COVID-19. When implemented quickly, isolation of people diagnosed with COVID-19 and identification and quarantine of close contacts can effectively interrupt disease transmission and reduce spread. Faced with rapidly climbing caseloads, testing delays, and increases in community spread, states and localities have had to prioritize high-risk […]
To make sure hospitals’ community benefit investments address community and state health goals, many states are working to ensure that hospitals are held accountable and their investments truly improve community health and advance equity.
This infographic highlights how lead exposure and poisoning is a health equity issue, and the role that state Medicaid agencies and other systems play in reducing exposure to improve health outcomes. Additional resources are listed below the infographic. Additional Resources: Associations of Maternal & Child Health Programs: Lead poisoning prevention webpage. NASHP: 50-State Scan of […]
Disparities in states’ COVID-19’s health outcomes have driven home the need for policymakers to reassess their work to advance racial equity and redirect efforts to be more effective. A recent update to the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) interactive map, How States Collect Data, Report, and Act on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities, reveals […]
COVID-19 has illuminated racial and ethnic disparities across the country and simultaneously created new momentum for state leaders to address the root causes of racial inequity. COVID-19 case data has made the disparities — driven by systemic racism and inequitable economic and social conditions — increasingly blatant. In response to the dual crises of racism […]
As recent data shows, COVID-19’s infection and death rates illustrate the profound racial and ethnic disparities in the nation’s health care system and the social and economic inequalities that affect health outcomes. To curb COVID-19 and improve the quality of care delivered to communities that have faced decades of discrimination, a few states are bolstering […]
Contact tracing, a strategy long-used to contain the spread of infectious diseases by identifying and isolating people exposed to an infection, has become a crucial state tool to curb COVID-19. But the pandemic requires significant ramping up of contact tracing capacity and funding. Experts estimate 30 contact tracers are needed for every 100,000 Americans – […]
The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on well-established racial disparities in health care access and quality, and in social and economic factors affecting health status and outcomes. The racial inequities exposed by case identification and death rates data give states opportunities to improve their responses and interventions. As state and local data becomes available, […]