RSG Projects

State policies impact population health in many ways, from responding to infectious disease, influencing the quality of health care delivery, or improving newborn screenings. RSG projects reflect the diversity of issues that policymakers face as they improve the health of their communities. Every fall, during RSG meetings, participants select topics they’d like to explore further—and nominate projects for the Steering Committee to consider. The RSG Steering Committee selects projects that:

  • Relate to state health policy needs;
  • Have broad application across states;
  • Yield practical and timely results; and,
  • Adhere to the RSG’s values of bipartisanship and collegiality.

For each topic selected, the Fund staffs a working group of RSG participants who develop the project and identify the best evidence and resources. The work may culminate in an RSG-commissioned report, a briefing for RSG participants, a meeting, or a combination of the three.

Here are the topics the RSG focused on, by year. (Note that several of the reports were published after the year the topic was selected).

2016

  • Integrated Data Systems – Presentations from national experts and state leaders focused on developing integrated data systems that bring together health and human services data to inform policy and program decisions.
  • Behavioral Health Integration: State Operations – A technical assistance meeting was held, attended by state policymakers interested in learning about promising state operational and administrative models that provide integrated behavioral health and primary care services to people with severe mental illness and co-occuring disorders.
  • Aging in America: Presentations on rebalancing long-term services and supports, looking at the changing role of long-term care services and the innovative and promising solutions that states are implementing to support the growing need for these services. Presentations also focused on integrating Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Teleheath – A report on the impact of state private payer parity laws on expanded use and payment for telehealth services.
  • Letter to the New Administration – Members of the RSG endorsed a bipartisan agenda to improve population health. The four policy concepts developed suggest ways that state officials can partner with new federal executive branch leaders to improve population health. The recommendations can be implemented without new federal legislation and are designed to be cost neutral.

2015

2014

  • From Volume to Value: The Changing Role of Hospitals – A presentation on state hospital community benefit laws and its impact on population health.
  • Population Health in Medicaid Delivery System Reforms – A report on the strategies that inform accountable care organization (ACO) design and governance structures, program components, and metrics and promising early examples of states working to embed population health strategies in Medicaid ACOs.
  • How Community Health Workers and Community Paramedicine Improve Population Health – Presentations by state leaders and academic researchers on theemerging roles of community health workers and community paramedicine providers in strengthening networks of health care and providing patients with social support and education.

2013

Prior to 2013