Center creates user-friendly Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Tracking tool

The Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health has launched the Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Tracking Dashboard, as a resource for the community to track the impact of Medicaid expansion on Missouri Medicaid enrollment.  Timothy McBride, PhD, co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy says, “We are excited to […]

2021 Institute for Public Health Annual Conference Summary

The 14th annual Institute for Public Health Conference may have ended, but the focus on resilience and preparing our public health infrastructure for the future, continues. For this year’s hybrid (live and virtual) conference, the institute convened nearly 400 faculty, students, public health leaders and the public for education and discussion on: Fortifying our public […]

Institute Supports New Lab

The Institute for Public Health is supporting WashU’s new Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) as an institutional partner by helping fund its Black Girlhood Studies Lab. According to the lab’s webpage: “The Black Girlhood Studies Lab examines the lives of Black girls historically and ethnographically in community-centered ways. Black girlhood studies has recently […]

Social Determinants of Health Working Group studies minority populations and their needs during COVID-19 and beyond

Since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates have been higher for minorities nationwide. This is likely multifactorial, according to Institute Faculty Scholar and Co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy, Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH. “The evidence is overwhelming that minority populations including African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinx […]

In great need of in-person supports, developmentally disabled are overlooked in pandemic-related decisions, experts say (Links to an external site)

As the nation’s children, teens and college students attempt to start a new school year amidst debate regarding how best to resume education during the COVID-19 pandemic, a segment of the population in desperate need of in-person supports often is overlooked in the decision-making process, according to a group of experts on the topic. “In […]

Henrietta Lacks & precision medicine: A discussion on key ethical considerations

Written by Hilary Broughton, manager of the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (ICTS) Henrietta Lacks—a poor, African-American tobacco farmer—presented at John Hopkins Hospital in 1951 with stomach pain and bleeding. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 31. She was too sick to survive, yet her cells lived on. The […]

Therapy Services Reinstated in Missouri Medicaid After Key Policy Recommendations

The State of Missouri recently announced that it is amending its Medicaid Plan to allow for alternative therapies treatments for chronic pain, including services provided by acupuncturists, chiropractors, and physical therapists, effective April 1. This important policy change is similar to a suite of policy recommendations considered in discussions held over the last year, in […]

Medicaid Work Requirements: What Would the Impact be in Missouri on Enrollment, Costs and Health?

Written by Linda Li, MPH, Abigail Barker, PhD, Leah Kemper, MPH, Timothy McBride, PhD | February 2019 In 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced support for state efforts to condition Medicaid coverage on fulfilling a work requirement. For the first time in the program’s history, certain beneficiaries can be required to […]

Housing and child welfare: Emerging evidence & implications for scaling up services

Drs. Patrick J. Fowler and Peter Hovmand are co-authors of a publication discussing the effects of inadequate housing on family stability in communities across the United States.  Inadequate housing and homelessness threaten family stability in low-income communities across the United States. The child welfare system, designed to promote child safety and stability, struggles to meet the needs […]

Association of practice-level social and medical risk with performance in the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Institute Faculty Scholar, Karen E. Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, led a project published in JAMA aimed at determining whether there is an association between the social and medical risk of patients treated at physician practices and their performance in Medicare’s Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) Program. The Physician VM program is the first national mandatory […]

Assessment of progress towards universal health coverage for people with disabilities in Afghanistan (Links to an external site)

Despite 15 years of investment in the Afghan health care sector by the international community, vulnerable groups — including persons with disabilities — cite a growing rate of insufficient access to quality health care, finds a new Washington University in St. Louis study published in the journal Lancet Global Health. Read more in The Source.

Institute awards seed funding to Jason Q. Purnell

In the latest of several recent honors for Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, the Institute for Public Health has awarded him $20,000 from the MTM, Inc., Community Health Access Fund for a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project addressing health disparities in north St. Louis. “The CBPR approach ensures that community members are involved throughout all […]

Ferguson pilot grant and Institute match recipient

Washington University’s Ferguson Academic Seed Fund and the Institute for Public Health awarded funding to Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH, Institute scholar and assistant professor at the Brown School, for his project titled, ‘An Examination of Race and Costs of Upward Social Mobility in St. Louis.’ Despite the improved socioeconomic status of black Americans, why are members of […]

Alaina Maciá and MTM generously support public health

Alaina Maciá and her husband Daniel have been supporting public health at Washington University for several years. She is the president and CEO of Medical Transportation Management (MTM) Inc., and serves on the National Council of the Institute for Public Health. Alaina and MTM, Inc. have made a five-year pledge to the Leading Together campaign […]

Engaging older adults in shaping Ferguson’s future

Nancy Morrow-Howell, director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, was awarded one of the Ferguson Academic Seed Fund Grants for the spring 2015 cycle. Her project, titled “Engaging Older Adults in Shaping Ferguson’s Future,” aims to document the experiences of older adults in the recent events in Ferguson and nearby communities in north […]