While efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been difficult in all environments, the conditions for those working in agricultural production raise additional challenges. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom travel as crops ripen throughout the spring and summer, live and work under conditions that even before COVID-19 posed risks to their safety and wellbeing. This expert perspective examines approaches to addressing the particular risks of COVID-19 faced by farmworkers, provides a survey of state and local policies and outlines some key themes and recommendations for policymakers as they work to support agricultural workers and stem the spread of COVID-19.
Developing an Evaluation Framework for the Affordable Care Act
Small Group Convening hosted by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center
This State Network sponsored Small Group Convening was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from April 30- May 1, 2012. The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) and other technical experts led sessions to aid state officials in developing an effective evaluation framework in the context of the Affordable Care Act. Presentations included:
- Developing a Framework for Evaluation – What do we need to know?;
- Operationalizing Measures and Identifying Data Sources;
- Reporting Requirements in the ACA; and
- Identifying Measures to Monitor Enrollment and Retention Performance in Medicaid.
This meeting also included peer-to-peer sharing with presentations given by Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota and Rhode Island on their approaches to monitoring, evaluation and developing a robust data infrastructure. Additional meeting resources included:
- A Framework for Tracking the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act in California;
- Monitoring the Impacts of Health Reform at the State Level: Using Federal Survey Data;
- Comparing Federal Surveys that Count the Uninsured; and
- Using Data to Drive State Improvement in Enrollment and Retention Performance.