Here is just a sample of what we’re working on these days.

The Roadmap Initiative

Illustration of Roadmap Initiative elements: journey mapping, systems mapping, and data linkingSystem strategies for “high utilizers”

Policy experts have long talked about stopping the cycle of homelessness, justice involvement, and emergency room visits. Recently, we seized the chance to do something about it. Working with TASC and Mercy Housing Lakefront, we convened an ambitious initiative to map the way that these systems mesh at the ground level. The project creates a strong framework for investment and policy and practice priorities across the health, housing, and justice sectors. Continue reading “The Roadmap Initiative”

LTSS and Older Adults

Elderly woman's hands folded in her lapDeveloping policy and data around home and community-based services

Long term services and supports (LTSS) help meet the needs of seniors by assisting with activities of daily living. They are crucial to helping older adults live independently in the community and avoid the need for a nursing home. But while there has been a pronounced move away from institutional care for the elderly, our knowledge about the scope of need for these services has not kept up. Smart Policy Works is engaged in several efforts to promote data-driven policies to guide the way our programs grow to reflect need as the population ages. Continue reading “LTSS and Older Adults”

Women Veterans Health Initiative

Image from ACCESS Auburn-Gresham’s new female veteran-friendly promotional materialsImproving outcomes for women who served

Women veterans and service members face a number of challenges that are unique to both their gender and their military service. They have more than double the suicide rate of civilian women and are more likely than men to face economic challenges, be homeless, and to be single parents and caregivers. And they are more likely to have experienced domestic abuse and military sexual assault than their male peers. Most female veterans don’t get care at the VA. Because community providers and health centers are a crucial resource for women veterans, we thought they would make great partners. Continue reading “Women Veterans Health Initiative”

Warrior Stories

Panels created in the Warrior Stories appTechnology plus graphic-novel style art therapy for PTSD

Many veterans struggle with traditional talk-therapy treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma can be remembered as flashes of images and emotions – experiences difficult to express with words alone. But the experience of sexual assault or harassment while serving is actually even more likely than combat trauma to cause PTSD. This project adapts an innovative post-traumatic stress disorder therapy application for use with military sexual trauma. We train therapists to use it with MST survivors. Continue reading “Warrior Stories”