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Event: Preventing the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Authors: Multiple event planners and speakers

Date: 2018

Project: BU-ALPS

Keywords: Behavioral health, Health Equity

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to a trend in which punitive school disciplinary policies and practices increase the likelihood that children will become involved with the criminal justice system. This event, which took place on April 12, 2018, featured an innovative, interprofessional partnership between lawyers from Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) team members from Dimock Community Service Agency/Justice Resource Institute. The panelists highlighted systems-level approaches to combat the school-to-prison pipeline, including a discussion of current MA laws related to school discipline, safe and supportive schools, and pending legislation related to the use of student arrests in schools.

Event: Intersectionality and Health Conference: Breaking Down Barriers to Quality Care

Authors: Multiple event planners and speakers

Date: 2018

Project: BU-ALPS

Keywords: Health Equity

This student-led conference took place on April 21, 2018. It provided training for students and those working in health-oriented professions, including social work, public health, medicine, community health work, nursing, and dentistry to provide better care and eliminate health inequities. The day-long event focused on the challenges people with multiple marginalized, intersecting identities face at the individual and systems level when accessing medical, mental health, and social services.

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AMCHP Conference Workshop: Addressing Health Care Coverage Inequities Among Children with Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Bachman, S., Manning, L., Wilson, K., Kantner, J., Comeau, M.

Date: 2018

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Health Equity

On February 13th at the 2018 Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference the Catalyst Center presented the results of four focus groups that were conducted with parents of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who are from the Somali community in Boston, focusing on accessing health care for their CYSHCN.

In the context of the focus group results, we also provided results of interviews conducted with representatives of state Offices of Minority Health. We presented information on innovative strategies states are using to mitigate inequities and discussed how these strategies could address the barriers the families identified. The session was recorded, and the video will also be available here in the coming months.

Access to Care among Children with Disabilities in the MassHealth CommonHealth Buy-In Program

Authors: Hirschi, M., Walter, A.W., Wilson, K., Jankovsky, K. , Dworetzky, B., Comeau, M., Bachman, S.

Date: 2018

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Benefits, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid Buy-In Programs, Medicaid/CHIP

This article, published in the Journal of Child Health Care, describes the process and results of a survey of parents and caregivers whose children with disabilities were enrolled in CommonHealth, the state’s Medicaid Buy-in program. Results suggest that the MassHealth CommonHealth program improves access to care for children with disabilities overall; however, the article identifies barriers to address in five domains to improve accessibility.

Webinar: The Role of Title V Programs and Value-Based Purchasing for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Comeau, M., Collins, S., Martin, A., Munthali, J., Terranova, L.

Date: 2017

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing

On December 6, 2017, the Catalyst Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) co-hosted a webinar on state-based innovations that support value-based purchasing (VBP) for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Presentations from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the state Title V programs in Oregon and Colorado helped to define the role of Title V programs in relation to value-based purchasing arrangements, discussed specific program examples and shared lessons learned. A YouTube video of the webinar, as well as the slides, are available below.

For further learning about VBP we have links to related reading material from the Catalyst Center: