Inter-state disparities in mortality linked to decades-old public health investments

New England researchers published a new paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, examining the growing inter-state disparity in mid-life mortality. The authors consider that the substantial variation might be linked with educational or income differences, “deaths of despair” (e.g., drug overdoses, suicide), or combinations of place-based policies and conditions. The authors find that the… Read more »

New Hampshire seeks contract with Vermont hospital to serve children’s mental health needs

Facing enduring elevation in the number of children seeking inpatient mental health services, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to contract with a Vermont hospital to provide 10 additional inpatient beds through the next six months. The department estimates 100 children could be served by such a contract—children who are… Read more »

States, including Maine, are leveraging COVID relief funds to advance equity in childcare

The Center for Law and Social Policy has published a factsheet highlighting the ways that some states are investing American Rescue Plan Act funds to advance equity and bake in policy change that will support ongoing federal investment. The report specifically highlights Maine’s plan to use federal relief funds to expand mental health and socioemotional… Read more »

Northeast Telehealth Resource Center receives grant to support rural Northeast health care providers with a virtual learning network

A grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration is bringing an evidence-based community learning model to help rural health care providers support older Northeastern residents’ mental and physical health in the pandemic. The grant, awarded to the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center and the University of New Hampshire, will fund a five-year program called the… Read more »

Supporting immigrant children and families is critical in rebuilding the child care system and overall economy

CLASP recently published a brief outlining how immigrant providers and families can utilize the two child care funding streams made available in the American Rescue Plan Act: $24 billion in stabilization grants and another $15 billion for child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Because immigrant families are a significant… Read more »

American Rescue Plan’s Fiscal Recovery Funds provide diverse support to those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Early data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities show that the $350 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan has helped states, localities, U.S. territories, and tribal governments invest in education, employment, emergency housing relief, mental health services, and broadband improvements. These investments vary in approach but include expanding and… Read more »

No Child Left Offline: It’s time to prioritize digital equity in America’s public schools

The pandemic’s impact on K-12 students has yet to be fully realized, but schools are bracing for learning losses, mental health challenges, and vast systemic and educational disparities revealed from the switch to remote learning. More than 9 million students did not have access to broadband service or an internet-enabled device at the beginning of… Read more »

COVID-era remote patient monitoring supports at-home care for rural residents

In response to the pandemic, a Midwestern health system created a remote patient monitoring program that allows health care providers to monitor and advise patients without requiring an emergency room visit. The program includes vital-sign-monitoring equipment and a tablet equipped with video communication software, which only requires a cell signal and not internet access. Although… Read more »

For Massachusetts families, early educators provide a critical pandemic support

A new report from Harvard draws data from families and early educators in its ongoing Early Learning Study of Massachusetts to describe child wellbeing in the pandemic, and to identify the supports that are critical in allowing families to cope. The report acknowledges the significant damage the pandemic has wrought to children’s socio-emotional wellbeing and… Read more »

Pandemic-related stress felt by moms can trickle down to their kids

Data from the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development – Early Childhood revealed that widespread job loss and increased emotional strain has impacted mothers and young children. On top of job loss, mothers have experienced higher levels of anxiety, depression, stress, and loneliness that has influenced their children’s levels of emotional distress, leading to… Read more »