April 20, 2017

Unleashing the Power of Community Health Workers: The CHW Sustainability Collaborative

Through our new Community Health Worker Sustainability Collaborative, launched with the support of the Kresge Foundation, we will work with CHW organizations, health care and health equity advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders to promote using Medicaid funds to provide more sustainable support to CHW programs and better integrate them into the health care system. 

We know that unleashing the power of CHWs in communities across the country will make a tremendous difference in health and health care, especially in communities of color.

January 13, 2016

CMS's Accountable Health Communities to Focus on Unmet Social Needs

In early January, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced its first program focused on addressing a patient’s social needs. This 5-year, $157 million pilot program, called Accountable Health Communities, will try to bridge the gap between clinical and social services, testing whether addressing these needs can improve health, lower costs, and improve quality for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

May 5, 2015

Tackling Health Disparities While Reforming Payment and Delivery

Akshaya Kannan

Health Equity Intern

Melissa Burroughs

Oral Health Campaign Manager

The activity around payment and system reform creates an opportunity to develop interventions that directly address racial and ethnic health disparities. However, some reforms could inadvertently make disparities worse. For example, they could discourage providers from treating sicker, more complex patients, or undermine the financial viability of struggling safety net providers.

Fortunately, some communities are implementing delivery system reforms that reduce health disparities and bend the cost curve. The effective models we describe in this blog series share several features in common.

March 25, 2019

Medicaid Plans Under Scrutiny

Patrick Willard

Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships

State health plans for families are under scrutiny – in the courts, in the states, and in Washington. It is hard to think of a time when the Medicaid program was getting so much attention at one time outside of the halls of Congress.

The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict the health insurance program for America’s most vulnerable families are raising the profile of Medicaid and those who rely upon it for health care. Within weeks decisions are expected on the following:

March 19, 2019

"Relying on Charity is not a Sustainable Solution"

Colin Shott

Communications Associate

Throughout our nation’s history, the strength of our country has been deeply rooted in the daily acts of service that so many people render to their communities and their loved ones. Yet for others, the right to realize their full potential, as citizens and as unique individuals, is endangered by the overwhelming limitations imposed upon them by poor health.

March 19, 2019

“Trading Death for Pain and Financial Ruin”

Kimberly Alleyne

Senior Director of Communications

In 2014, Catherine Horine developed a persistent cough that would not go away. Within three months of first seeking treatment for the cough, even though her doctors had been unable to find a cause for her cough, they told her she would not live to see the end of the year without a lung transplant. At that time, Catherine was diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and irreversible disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The condition causes inflammation and blocks airways in the lungs.

March 15, 2019

Believe Women: Pain is an Equity Issue

Adina Marx

Communications Assistant

It took Zoey Salsbury six years to get an incorrect diagnosis for her constant pelvic and joint pain.

The first time she mentioned her pain to her doctor, during her freshman year of high school, her pain was dismissed as “growing pains.” She remembers thinking, “Well this growing thing is absolute [garbage] if this is how it feels.”

March 12, 2019

"Women's History is Women's Right." The Significance of Women's History Month for Health Equity

Colin Shott

Communications Associate

Throughout American history, the tenacity that women advocates have shown in combating systematic inequities has proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration for each successive generation of health care activists. The significance of this legacy is well-captured in a quote from the late Dr. Gerta Lerner, an esteemed scholar of Women’s History, and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights: “Women’s history is women’s right — an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and a long-range vision.”

February 26, 2019

African Americans Still Lag Behind in Health Outcomes: Increasing Representation Among Providers Must be A Part of the Solution

Noelle Thompson

Health Equity Intern

Black History Month is an opportunity to elevate the accomplishments of African American trailblazers who may be missing from the history books. For example, in health care, we may remember Roselyn Epps, the first black president of the American Medical Women’s Association, or Ida Gray Nelson Rollins, the first black female dentist. We need to continue highlighting individual achievements because inclusive, representative narratives are an important tool for dismantling racism.


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