Weekly Wrap-Up


Addressing the Needs of Medicaid Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the United States and across the globe, every sector of society is working to identify solutions that address challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerable populations - including individuals with low-incomes, older adults, people of color, and those with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs - are likely to be disproportionately impacted, either directly through illness or indirectly due to pressures on health, community, and economic systems.
To support our partners at the state, health plan, provider, and community levels, the Center for Health Care Strategies has compiled this compendium of resources aimed at lessening the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid populations, particularly those at the highest risk. This library of key guidance, reference materials, and tools will grow and evolve over time.

Five Tips to Stay Positive and Healthy During Social Isolation
In this strange new time, it's important to stay connected to the people you love and replace the physical contact that's been lost.
Though the coronavirus situation is changing daily, even hourly, by now the need for physical separation from those not in your household is clear. That doesn't mean it's easy, says Penn psychologist Melissa Hunt.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth of Color

LGBTQ Youth of Color Face Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia in Schools. School Supports Can Make a Difference
Schools nationwide are often hostile environments for LGBTQ youth of color, where they experience racism, homophobia, and transphobia. In addition, many LGBTQ do not have access to in-school resources that may improve school climate and students' experiences, including GSAs, ethnic/cultural clubs, supportive educators, and inclusive curriculum.
Below, you will find our collection of research reports exploring the experiences of AAPI, Black, Latinx, and Native & Indigenous LGBTQ youth. You will also find a collection of blogs from students, educators, and advocates highlighting how to support this population of students.

Support for MHAC

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
Responding to the Alarm:  Addressing Black Youth Suicide
Over the past several years, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviors among Black children and youth. Black youth under 13 are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their White peers, and the suicide death rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. In 2019, the Congressional Black Caucus convened an emergency Taskforce to examine Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. The Taskforce released its report in December 2019, highlighting several recommendations for increased research, intervention development, and community engagement.

Mental Health Matters Day Postponed

Mental Health Matters Day must be suspended. Once we have clear guidance on when public events/gatherings can resume, we will move forward with determining another date. Thank you for your continued support.


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