Many local health departments (LHDs) often seek ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs by sharing service delivery and other functions with other LHDs, agencies and entities. A director of a health department recently contacted the Network to obtain examples of contracts in which a county engages with a city for services. The Network provided several resources on cross-jurisdictional sharing.
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation. To combat this alarming problem, Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are gaining traction across the country as a way to closely examine, address, and make recommendations to prevent pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths. This issue brief examines legislation and initiatives supporting MMRCs and the structure and processes MMRCs typically employ in the review process.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) is the child health component of Medicaid. EPSDT is key to ensuring that children and adolescents receive appropriate preventive, dental, mental health, and developmental, and specialty services. A requester contacted the Network to inquire about whether the cost of school-based mental health services would be covered under EPSDT.
This Primer on Opioid-related Public Health Emergencies provides key information and visual snapshots of federal, state, tribal, and local emergency declarations in response to the opioid crisis across the U.S.
Food deserts are geographic areas where residents lack access to affordable fresh produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and other foods that make up a full and healthy diet. These same areas may have plenty of fast food restaurants and convenience stores offering primarily processed foods, but lack full service grocery stores and other healthy food retailers such as farmers markets. A health policy analyst for a city health department contacted the Network for information on local policies that may help to address food deserts, with particular focus on policies that encourage small grocery stores to establish, renovate, or expand into underserved areas.
Local health departments often seek additional funding to support health care and public health programs within their jurisdictions. A requester in Arizona recently contacted the Network about forming special taxing districts, which can impose secondary property taxes for the development and maintenance of health care and public health programs.
The current U.S. hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak illuminates systemic failures to address the health needs of people experiencing homelessness (PEH), including sanitation and hygiene, and shows the practical population health effects of poverty. This issue brief examines the connection between HAV and barriers to essential public toilet, handwashing, shower and laundry services for PEH; provides a menu of legal and policy opportunities to advance access; and offers examples of promising community efforts.
The Limited Access Medical Marijuana Laws Survey provides a brief overview of jurisdictions with statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing limited access medical marijuana programs.
This survey provides a brief overview of jurisdictions with statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing medical marijuana use as of June 1, 2017.
This policy brief examines how tax exemptions can encourage the use of child safety seats and bicycle helmets, prevent boating-related fatalities, and promote fire-safety in homes.