Access to Care/Clinical Services

Prevention for the Next Generation: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Suicide, and Overdose

August 11, 2021

With the pandemic upending social interaction, youth mental health is an increasingly important issue. This episode explores why understanding the intersection of suicide, overdose, and ACEs is critical to helping individuals live happy and healthy lives. It also focuses on the importance of connecting community needs, implementing awareness campaigns, and addressing stigma to reduce health disparities.Read More »

Avoiding the Cliff: Financing Medicaid in the Territories

July 29, 2021

Medicaid plays a critical role in providing access to health services for low-income U.S. citizens in the five U.S. territories. However, Medicaid financing in the territories has been underfunded compared to states. In this episode, guests discuss the urgent need for a permanent Medicaid solution, drawing attention to the need for equitable health financing for the U.S territories. This funding is necessary to support comprehensive public health and healthcare within these jurisdictions that include expanded prevention, testing, and treatment programs and capabilities.Read More »

Protecting the Vulnerable: How Public Health Can Better Serve People With Disabilities

May 24, 2021

People living with disabilities have borne disproportionate burden in past emergency situations due to inequities in preparedness and response. To address and prevent inequities in the COVID-19 response, ASTHO placed 14 disability and preparedness specialists into health agencies around the country to promote inclusivity of people living with disabilities. In this episode, we explore ways that two of these disability and preparedness specialists have worked to address the needs of people living with disabilities in their jurisdictions.Read More »

Resilient, Accessible, and Affordable Healthcare: Bouncing Forward from COVID-19

May 04, 2021

COVID-19 has stressed the U.S. healthcare and public health systems and highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in pre-existing conditions and health outcomes. In this episode, our guests discuss how health officials can serve as chief health strategists to work across sectors and ensure that all people have access to the services and resources that allow them to be well. This episode also details how states and territories can transform service delivery, ensure equitable access to prevention and healthcare services, and ultimately build stronger, more resilient communities.Read More »

The Aligning Roles of Medicaid and Public Health

August 14, 2019

Medicaid and public health partnerships play an important role in advancing a statewide approach to addressing chronic disease and population health. Collaboration and shared priorities between agencies play a significant role in addressing health conditions. In this episode, Deborah Fournier, senior director of Clinical to Community Connections at ASTHO, and Mark Larson, vice president of policy at the Center for Health Care Strategies, share some of the common misconceptions about each agency’s understanding of one another. They also discuss leveraging the respective roles and resources of Medicaid and public health through the CDC’s 6|18 Initiative. J.T. Lane (ASTHO Alumni-LA), director of value transformation at Navigant, also shares lessons learned on Medicaid and public health partnerships through the 6|18 Initiative and beyond in Louisiana.Read More »

Advancing Cognitive Well-Being Through the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

November 01, 2018

This episode introduces the new 2018-2023 Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, which offers strategies for public health agencies to promote cognitive health and support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Co-authors from CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association provide details about this initiative and a forthcoming companion guide for Indian Country. Jewel Mullen, former president of ASTHO, explains how state and territorial health departments can advance healthy aging efforts through partnerships and policy, programs, and systems change.Read More »

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