Upcoming Webinar Features Healthy Housing for Older Adults

Join the upcoming National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition webinar on June 7, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT to hear a panel of experts speak about two successful housing-based services models (HBSMs), one in Vermont and one in Oregon, and their importance in addressing the social determinants of health, promoting population health, and advancing healthcare systems change.

According to a rigorous independent evaluation of Vermont’s SASH model by RTI and LeadingAge, the Vermont model is reducing the rate of growth in Medicare spending significantly while improving health and access to care. In Oregon, the housing-with-services model brought together a partnership of housing development organizations, the state’s largest Medicaid insurance provider, and several nonprofit social service agencies. A study completed by Enterprise Community Partners and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) reports on Medicaid savings. Click here to register, and click here for additional information.

Flint and Beyond: Lead Poisoning Remains a Critical Public Health Issue

As the lead-in-water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to evolve, NCHH joins the nation in supporting the residents of Flint in their time of need. Resources must be marshaled as quickly as possible to ensure a safe water supply and provide follow-up services to address the long-term consequences of lead poisoning. We need to take the lessons from this crisis to improve our public policies so that no other communities have to experience what the residents of Flint are going through.

Due to the media attention generated by the crisis in Flint, NCHH has received many inquiries about lead poisoning and what parents can do to protect their children. Many have told us that they thought that the problem of lead was solved decades ago. The truth is that industry mined massive quantities of lead over the last century and put that lead into many products that went into our homes, including pipes and solder, paints and glazes, and other consumer products. Although lead was banned from new residential paint in 1978 and from new plumbing in 1986, residents may still be exposed to lead from products that remain in older homes. Lead was also added to gasoline for on-road use until 1996, and as vehicles burned the gas, the lead was left behind in the dust and soil in our communities.

After decades of sustained research and action, the percentage of children who have been lead-exposed is much lower than it was in the 1980s. Yet lead exposure remains a threat for far too many people.

To learn more about the issue of lead in water, the role NCHH has played in the fight against lead poisoning, and what every parent should know to protect their families from lead exposure, click here.

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New Case Studies Highlight Opportunities for Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes Services

Consistent access to home-based services aimed at addressing lead exposure and improving asthma control is critical to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to live in safe and healthy housing, regardless of ZIP code. To increase understanding of the opportunities for healthcare financing for healthy homes services, NCHH has released new case studies detailing this process in four states where Medicaid has been a partner in covering these critical public health services: California, Delaware, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

The case studies are based on interviews with key stakeholders in each state and findings from a 2014 nationwide survey conducted by NCHH to identify states where healthcare financing for lead follow-up or home-based asthma services was already in place or pending. Each case study outlines the current healthcare landscape, important funding mechanisms, key barriers, next steps, and lessons learned.

This information will not only provide stakeholders in the examined states a summary of current and future opportunities within their state but will also better equip other states in seeking Medicaid coverage for these services.

Six additional case studies will be released by January 2016.

To learn more about this project and read the first four case studies today, click here.

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