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 […]
With historic federal investments in housing and health, states are well poised to shift investments from episodic emergency and institutional care to more sustainable community and supportive housing solutions. Housing stability is an essential social determinant of health and necessary for maintaining positive health outcomes. The impact of COVID-19 on people in institutional settings and populations experiencing homelessness further compels state officials to consider the need for equitable and targeted […]
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.
Upstream factors such as access to nutritious food, education, and transportation drive inequities in oral health and health outcomes. States are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and to reduce costs by addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in their managed care medical and dental contracts. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently convened state leaders to discuss emerging opportunities for addressing SDOH related to oral health and ways to leverage existing […]