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About Rebecca Cooper
Rebecca Cooper joined NASHP in July 2019 and works on a variety of projects focusing on population health and state strategies to leverage access to care and preventive services. Prior to joining NASHP, she worked at the Healthcare Value Hub on strategies to increase high-value care, decrease low-value care, and focus more attention on the social determinants of health. She also volunteered with Avodah through Americorps, working to increase and improve affordable housing for adults in mental health recovery. She has a BA in global health and the environment from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPH with a concentration in health policy and management from George Washington University.
Entries by Rebecca Cooper
Amidst changes in the COVID-19 landscape, including navigating surges due to new variants, states are working with local partners to prepare for and implement back-to-school plans, while also anticipating the need to adapt as the school year progresses.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and children could be facing a surge of poor physical and mental health outcomes without adequate investment and focus to reduce the effects of ACEs. This is especially important because Black, Latinx, and Native American children, who already disproportionately experience higher levels of ACEs, have also […]
Federal and state governments are continuing to vaccinate residents as quickly as possible, while working to ensure they reach populations experiencing barriers to vaccination. Access to high-quality data to track and identify under-vaccinated areas and populations is critical to this goal. States have a variety of data systems at their disposal, with vaccine registries at the center.
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 […]
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials have continued to plan for and address another looming public health crisis – climate change. In recognition of Earth Day, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) interviewed state officials to learn how they are preparing for the health impacts of climate change. The interviews revealed a wealth […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]