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(June 27, 2018)

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications

Pride month is a time to honor the achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Marked by the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969, the month provides the opportunity to celebrate the unprecedented gains in LGBTQ equality, while also reflecting on the work left to be done....

(May 08, 2018)

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 22%, with more than 64,000 deaths nationwide. Opioids are responsible for more than 66% of these fatalities. California is home to more people with opioid use disorders (OUDs) than any other state in the country; and some small counties in California have higher rates of overdose deaths than most states....

(April 03, 2018)

By Jillian Rice, Communications Manager
and Bethany Snyder, Director of Communications and Outreach


Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states have been creating new health care initiatives or expanding benefits and services of public health programs. Educating consumers – as well as providers, advocates, caregivers, and other stakeholders serving them – about these new public health care programs or benefits has been a critical element of success. In today’s world, having an easy-to-navigate website with clear and understandable information is an important tool to support that education work....

(February 22, 2018)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

On January 31, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) submitted a Section 1115 waiver application to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a data-driven, integrated behavioral health system of care for Alaskans with serious mental illness, severe emotional disturbance, and/or substance use disorders....

(January 23, 2018)

By Ryan MacDonald, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Health consumer outreach is critical to the success of the innovative but complex delivery system transformation efforts that are taking place across the country. Many of the changes to the way care is delivered and paid for impact health consumers directly and can be exceptionally personal.  Consumers can provide valuable feedback to policy makers and others implementing new health care programs....

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