NASHP-National Academy for State Policy – August 21-23

Where the rubber hits the road is ground zero-States. That is the mission of NASHP. The 32nd annual conference which was the largest attendance of all prior conferences has significance when you review the agenda.

Health care transcends, according to the World Health Organization, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

To that end, many of the timely topics covered transcended environmental exposures, obesity (33% of population), health, prevalence of asthma in children and the fundamental problems of global warming.

The NASHP has the underpinning of “where to go for help” and where do we go for leadership.

Developing community health assessments, looking at housing, homelessness, Medicaid, and the challenges of the climate of health care are overriding messages of many of the sessions.

We now realize that Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), cannot be separated from the delivery of health-nutrition, housing, caregiving, aging in place, and how your “expiration” date is tied to your zip code. Establishing a blueprint for health is within the scope of NASHP.

Many states have developed initiatives to expand access and coverage while controlling costs to ensure that health care is affordable. Many of the issues that were examined affordability, accessibility, and quality of health insurance expansion, payment reform options.

This is the policy group to have on your desktop to align your organization, agenda, and resources. It is a clearinghouse for policy. The next conference date is August 17-19, 2020 in Boston. We will share information and explore discount fees for our valued readership.

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By Bill Shaw

William " Bill " Shaw has been in the health care sector for over 30 years. After leaving management positions at Fortune 200 companies. such as The Upjohn Company, Kidde, The Travelers and Cigna he started William M Shaw & Associates, health care consulting. He has written and presented at many industry conferences . He has supported over 80 companies, start-ups in their positioning in the managed care, long term care and nice service/product space.