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  • The Intersection of Health and Housing: CMS’s Potential Medicaid Investments

    Emerging evidence indicates that affordable, safe, and stable housing directly impacts an individual’s health and wellbeing, including the ability to manage chronic diseases and mental conditions, maintain personal hygiene, access education and employment, and build healthy relationships. Individuals experiencing homelessness face illness at three to six times the rate of housed individuals and are three to four times more likely to prematurely die than the general population. Furthermore, conditions like asthma can be exacerbated by poorly maintained housing conditions, and neighborhood conditions can inhibit an individual’s ability to support a healthy lifestyle.

  • State Legislation Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

    Earlier this month, the public health community participated in World Antibiotic Awareness Week, aimed at increasing awareness of antibiotic resistance and encouraging best practices among the public, health workers, and policy makers. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria or fungi change in response to the use of medicines and develop the ability to defeat the drugs meant to kill them. Bacteria, not humans, become antibiotic resistant. These resistant bacteria then infect humans, often requiring extended hospital stays, doctor visits, and costly and toxic treatment alternatives. According to the CDC, at least two million people each year in the United States will get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.

  • Leadership Conversation with ChangeLab Solutions Founder and CEO Marice Ashe

    Marice Ashe is founder and CEO of ChangeLab Solutions. ASTHO spoke with Ashe about her advice for states and territories working to build healthier, more resilient communities to advance health equity.