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August 2016

The Colorado Health Foundation (Denver)

The Colorado Health Foundation released the Where Health Happens Data Spotlight, which builds on the Colorado Health Symposium theme, “Health is Everyone’s Business.” It features stories from three Colorado communities and highlights five everyday needs that have a profound impact on health.

  • Education and child care: Education and health are connected. The Colorado Preschool Program can aid up to 28,360 kids who are at risk for starting elementary school unprepared, yet only one in four 4-year-olds are estimated to be served.
  • Financial security and safety: As the income gap widens, health disparities increase. Between 2009 and 2015, nearly one in four low-income Coloradans rated their health as fair or poor. Residents of neighborhoods plagued by crime and violence also face higher health risks.
  • Food access: Access to fresh food is a must for good health and many residents aren’t getting enough—one in seven Coloradans, including one in five children, struggle with food insecurity.
  • Housing: Adequate housing creates a sense of well-being and security, but many Coloradans struggle to afford it. One of two renters and one of three homeowners in the state spend more than 30 percent of income on housing, leaving less money for other important life expenses.
  • Transportation: How we get around – whether that’s driving, biking, walking or taking public transit – impacts our health. In Colorado, nine of 10 commuters drive to work, slightly higher than the national average. This number hasn’t changed since 2009.

Read the full “Where Health Happens Data Spotlight” to learn more about disparities and opportunities for improvement across the state:

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (Louisville)

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky released an updated statewide directory of groups working on health in the Commonwealth. The 2016 Kentucky Health Coalitions Directory includes 230 groups representing all 120 counties as well as statewide coalitions doing work to improve the health of Kentuckians. Coalitions were identified by consolidating lists of known coalitions, reaching out at meetings and events, reviewing news clippings on local efforts, requesting additional entries from partner agencies, and conducting a web-based survey.

Contact: Rachelle Seger

United Hospital Fund (New York, NY)

A new report issued jointly by United Hospital Fund (UHF) and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy presents potential value-based payment models for children’s health services under New York Medicaid. Supported by a UHF grant to the Schuyler Center, and written by national payment experts at Bailit Health, the report describes two models that would foster and support screening for psychosocial risks factors such as trauma and maternal depression, integration of behavioral health services in primary care, and coordination between pediatric practices and community-based agencies addressing social determinants of health.

New York plans to have the great majority of its Medicaid managed care payment be value-based, rather than fee-for-service, by 2020. This shift is underway for adult Medicaid recipients; setting it up for children is crucial but involves a number of challenges related to children’s smaller average medical expense, the greater and longer-term impact on healthy development of social and environmental factors, and other issues unique to child health. Value-Based Payment Models for Medicaid Child Health Services is available at the link below.

Contact: Bob de Luna
Phone: 212.494.0733