Innovation Hub

Douglas County Implements Innovative Priority Based BudgetingRead More

Nancy Brune

August 8th, 2014 -

In March 2014, Douglas County, Nevada won the Cashman Good Government Award for developing innovative budget solutions through priority based budgeting. As with many local governments in Nevada, Douglas County faced a significant structural deficit after the Great Recession. To address this deficit, Douglas County embarked on a priority-driven budget development process that included public…

Innovative Community Health Worker Model Improves Outcomes for High-Risk PatientsRead More

Nancy Brune

March 6th, 2014 -

A recent study found that an innovative peer support program improves access to care and quality of communication while reducing repeat hospitalizations, which can reduce costs. Experts at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an effective and innovative program using trained lay community health workers to improve a range…

Outside the Box: Insurance companies in housing?Read More

Nancy Brune

March 5th, 2014 -

Joining a growing number of businesses focused on mission-related investing, UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest medical insurer, has recently invested $150 million to build low-income housing in a dozen states. UnitedHealth’s big push into housing isn’t charity, although the investment also brings financial benefits (in the form of tax credits). National studies show that individuals…

Social Impact Bonds: Good for Nevada?Read More


January 31st, 2014 -

Social impact bonds (also known as pay for success contracts) have attracted significant interest in the last few years and are being considered by policy makers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Utah, among others. These creative financing mechanisms were first popularized in the United Kingdom as part of the Conservative Party’s “Big…

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