Access to Care/Clinical Services

The Help End Addiction for Life Initiative

September 16, 2019

The Help End Addiction for Life (HEAL) initiative is a coalition of local providers and community stakeholders that formed in 2018 to address opioid addiction in Letcher County, Kentucky. This case study provides an in-depth examination of HEAL’s unique features and highlights the voices of local providers and stakeholders. The lessons learned by the HEAL coalition offer strategies for other communities to consider in their own collaborations to reduce opioid use.Read More »

Leveraging Public Health Assets in Medicaid Managed Care

May 29, 2019

State and territorial health agencies and Medicaid agencies each serve at-risk populations and may seek to align their resources to efficiently meet their goals. However, the two types of agencies have differences in terminology, tools, and orientation that can present barriers to alignment and collaboration. This three-part report maps the public health capacities, assets, and resources onto the obligations and direction of Medicaid agencies and their managed care health plans.Read More »

ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative: Lessons Learned from the Payers Cohort

March 25, 2019

Through the ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative, a six-state cohort (Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin), i.e., the "payers cohort," collaborated with public health departments and private payers to improve population-level blood pressure control through innovative, data-driven healthcare delivery and payment models. This report highlights how the six states convened cross-sector teams which included payer partners, local health agency staff, academic institutions, community health workers, and other state‐ or local‐level stakeholders to support efforts to improve cardiovascular health outcomes, focusing on blood pressure control and reducing healthcare costs.Read More »

North Dakota Tests Innovative Health IT Approaches to Improve Hypertension Identification and Control in Workplaces

March 25, 2019

Through the ASTHO/CDC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative, funded by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the North Dakota Department of Health partnered with a diverse set of stakeholders, including local health units, emergency medical services professionals, payers, and health systems. This report highlights how the health department and its partners tested health information technology approaches to improve blood pressure measurement and referral systems in eight local health units and one tribal jurisdiction.Read More »

Cross-Agency Approaches to Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment: National Recommendations

March 20, 2019

States across the country are aligning policies, funding, staffing, and data across agencies to more effectively an efficiently utilize resources to meet the needs of people living with or at risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). In 2018, ASTHO and the National Academy for State Health Policy convened a group of Medicaid and public health leaders to showcase strategies they have pursued to work more effectively across agencies, as well as develop recommendations for other interested states. This report highlights recommendations for structuring and advancing cross-agency approaches to SUD prevention and treatment.Read More »

Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Health and Housing Outcomes: Resource Guide

October 24, 2018

This report synthesizes partnership, financing, and data-sharing approaches that healthcare, housing providers, and other sectors can undertake to improve health and housing outcomes.Read More »

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