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 […]
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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
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.
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 […]
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the country and daily case counts exceed 150,000, many states are working to confront long-standing racial and ethnic disparities that the pandemic is laying bare. While states are taking immediate action to address the health and economic consequences of the pandemic and preparing to distribute vaccines, their new […]
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 […]
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 […]
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as poverty, food and/or housing insecurity, child abuse, neglect, and mental illness, contribute to poor health outcomes, and the pandemic’s health and economic impacts exacerbate the risk of ACEs. States are continuing to implement strategies to identify and measure ACEs and connect children to appropriate services that can mitigate potential […]