Health Homes for Children Make Way for Early Trauma Identification & Intervention

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This October, New York is expected to launch the Health Home program for children enrolled in Medicaid, and experts are hopeful that this new model will transform coordination of care and services that are available to children with complex medical needs through historic innovations in care. Contrary to its name, a Health Home is not a housing service but a …

HHS releases guidance on how to request funds for syringe support services

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate A recent public health victory has gone quietly unnoticed: the 2016 federal budget agreement revised the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe support services. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidance for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments on how to request funds to …

New Toolkit From the Advancing Prevention Project Addresses Public Health Infrastructure

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By Michele Calvo and Chideraa Ukeje    Health care reform, while on the whole improving people’s lives, is not without its challenges. Through our work with the Advancing Prevention Project (APP), we often hear about the difficulties that local health departments and their partners encounter while trying to navigate New York State’s complex health reform initiatives. One of these challenges …

Recognition for Trauma-Informed Care

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate at NYAM The Advancing Prevention Project team was encouraged to see yesterday’s CNBC article highlighting Kaiser Permanente’s participation in The National Council on Behavioral Health’s Trauma Informed Primary Care project, to screen and treat trauma in primary care. Little by little, we’re seeing efforts from the health system to treat the mind and body as …

Guns and Suicide Prevention

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If you ever had any doubt about whether gun violence is a public health issue, then perhaps the editorial board of the New York Times can change your mind.  Readers are reminded that as we talk about gun violence, we should not forget that the biggest category of firearm deaths is suicides. Research shows that increasing gun ownership is correlated with the …