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  • Social Determinants of Health: State Policy Efforts at Reducing Hunger

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    As increasing evidence illustrates the impact of social determinants on long term health, policy makers are instituting initiatives to drive change and improve outcomes for groups at risk.  Per a recent report by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), state leaders are using a wide range of strategies – from covering healthy meals under Medicaid to contracting for nutritious foods for prisons, state offices buildings, and hospitals – to reduce food insecurity and expand access to wholesome food. 

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  • Kansas Secures Grant to Develop National Training on Supported Decision Making

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    Per a recent announcement, University of Kansas researchers have secured three grants, in partnership with community stakeholders, to advance supported decision-making in Kansas, including the development of future training sessions for people with disabilities, family members, and other supporters.

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  • 2019 Legislative Wins Set Stage for Expanded Access to Oral Health Care

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    The Pew Charitable Trusts named oral health care a national trend to watch in 2020 as holistic approaches are increasingly recognized as a mainstream priority for community health. Per the Pew Charitable Trusts, significant strides in oral health policymaking in 2019 have helped set the stage for improved access to care for many Americans in 2020.

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  • Gary Smith Scholarship for Public Managers 2020 Winner Announced

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    The Gary Smith Scholarship for Public Managers was established by the NASDDDS Board of Directors in honor of Gary Smith, an extraordinary leader in the developmental disabilities field who was intensely committed to making state government developmental disability agencies effective at delivering good service and achieving positive outcomes for people.

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  • 2018 NCIĀ® Staff Stability Survey Report

    Topics: Announcements, NCI, State News,

    NASDDDS and HSRI are very pleased to announce the release of the  2018 NCI® Staff Stability Survey report. The NCI Staff Stability Survey examines the key dynamics of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce in the U.S. such as turnover; vacancy rates; tenure; benefits offered; and wages for DSPs.  

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