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Public Health

Access up-to-date ASPE research on key public health topics including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as influenza and COVID-19; health equity; antibiotic resistance; rural health; opioids, opioid use disorder and overdose prevention; maternal health; public health and health care workforce and infrastructure; immunization and vaccines; Indian health; HIV/AIDS; tobacco; and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Also find data on prevention, social determinants of health, and more.

HHS Initiative to Improve Maternal Health

The Department’s Action Plan lays out a vision for improving maternal health that applies a “life course” approach organized around four goals and it sets three ambitious targets to achieve this vision. Each of the four goals includes multiple objectives and action items to drive progress. The Action Plan also describes the current state of maternal health outcomes in the U.S., challenges in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, recent efforts to improve maternal health within and beyond the federal government, and it discusses various forums in which HHS leadership sought input from key stakeholders.


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Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Needs Using Assessment Data: Final Report

October 15, 2020
UNDERSTANDING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER (SUD) TREATMENT NEEDS USING ASSESSMENT DATA: FINAL REPORT John Richardson, PhD, Alex Cowell, PhD, Eric Villeneuve, MPH, Jesse Hinde, PhD, Kristine Rae Olmstead, MSPH, and Sarita Karon, PhD RTI International February 2020

Projections of Poverty and Program Eligibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 15, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the slowdown in economic activity have impacted the well-being of many U.S. families. Unemployment peaked at 14.7 percent in April, and remained above 8 percent in August. The CARES Act and the Family First Coronavirus Response Act used several short-term policy strategies to address this challenge.

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, 2020-2025

October 8, 2020
The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), 2020-2025, presents coordinated, strategic actions that the United States Government will take in the next five years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans by changing the course of antibiotic resistance. This Plan is based on the U.S.
ASPE Issue Brief

The Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Health Services and Payments

September 28, 2020
Beginning in mid-March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on health care utilization. The impact on patients, their families and the health care system was significant.

The Value of Relationships: Improving Human Services Participant Outcomes through Social Capital

September 24, 2020
This handbook is a go-to resource for human services providers looking for practical ways to implement social capital building practices to improve participant outcomes.
Report to Congress

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2019

September 11, 2020

Preliminary Cost and Quality Findings from the National Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration

September 11, 2020
PRELIMINARY COST AND QUALITY FINDINGS FROM THE NATIONAL EVALUATION OF THE CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC DEMONSTRATION Joshua Breslau, Brian Briscombe, Michael Dunbar, Courtney Kase, Jonathan Brown, Allison Wishon Siegwarth, and Rachel Miller Mathematica September 2020

Implementation Findings from the National Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration

September 11, 2020
IMPLEMENTATION FINDINGS FROM THE NATIONAL EVALUATION OF THE CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC DEMONSTRATION Allison Wishon Siegwarth, Rachel Miller, Jasmine Little, Jonathan Brown, Courtney Kase, Joshua Breslau, and Michael Dunbar Mathematica Policy Research September 2020
Case Study

Case Study: Douglas County Community Mental Health Center

August 16, 2020
Douglas County Community Mental Health Center fosters relationships for incarcerated and reentering individuals recovering from substance use in Douglas County, Nebraska through coffee chats and connections with staff.

HHS Secretary's Report on: Addressing Surprise Medical Billing

July 28, 2020
This report responds to a requirement in Executive Order 13877, "Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First." It describes the phenomenon of a "surprise billing," particularly in the commercial insurance market, the underlying federal and state regulatory frameworks, and recent state actions to address the problem.