CEO Blog: Health Care Reform

Article on Adverse Childhood Experiences Shows Income Level as Very Strong Indicator of Health

The compelling issue of how race and income are related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) was examined in a recent article published in Health & Social Work, a journal of the National Association of Social Workers, co-authored by Jennifer Jones of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Kristen Slack, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Font, professor at Pennsylvania State University. … more

Shift in Focus Coincides with Changing Health Care Landscape

My visits with members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network allow me to witness firsthand community engagement, innovation, and many other exciting aspects of their work.

When I visit Oaks Integrated Care in mid-September, I look forward to learning more about how it recognized the trends facing the human services field, as well as the changing health care landscape, then determined how it could best fulfill its mission. … more

No "Not in My Backyard" for this Neighborhood

Creating intersections between human services, health, and housing is the perfect role for nonprofit, human-serving organizations.

This statement is personified through “The Many Lives of a New York S.R.O.” that appeared in The New York Times June 4. The article explains how, in the early 1980s, a group of Upper West Side neighbors in New York City partnered with Alliance for Strong Families and Communities member Goddard Riverside Community Center to provide social services to the residents of a single-room-occupancy hotel (SRO) they were purchasing. … more

Alliance is Facilitator for Missouri Event on Children's Behavioral Health

On Monday, May 12, I had the privilege of leading a children’s behavioral health symposium that brought together members of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies (MCCA) with public payers and providers, including representatives from the Missouri Departments of Mental Health and Social Services and other nonprofit health care providers.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how Missouri can best serve the needs of its children and families in this transformative time. One of the topics we discussed was the fact that this sector will have to look toward other sources of funding, new partnerships, and shifts in the way we do our day-to-day work. … more

Grants for Health Care Innovation from CMS Speak to Your Expertise

After presenting at the National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences earlier this week, I received an email from the event sponsors, the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on a funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for round two of the Health Care innovation Awards.

Alliance member Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles received a grant through this same program last year. The grant deals with something our sector has the expertise to help accomplish: Innovations in new payment and service delivery models that achieve better care and lower costs.

See the message from the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation below: … more

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