Medicaid Work Requirements Increase Coverage Gaps

The following excerpt comes from the February 28, 2019, article by Sara R. Collins from The Commonwealth Fund. In January, Arkansas announced it had disenrolled more than 18,000 adults from Medicaid who had not submitted the required paperwork to prove they were working, a new requirement for continuing to receive coverage. The Trump administration has … Continue reading Medicaid Work Requirements Increase Coverage Gaps

Check Out the 2019 County Health Rankings

In March, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the 2019 County Health Rankings “providing a snapshot of the health of every county in the nation.” The  key findings report provided the following summary: Across the U.S., more than 1 in 10 households (11%) spend more than … Continue reading Check Out the 2019 County Health Rankings

Useful Resource: NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series

The NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series highlights “novel research discoveries by prominent researchers who are advancing the science of minority health and health disparities.”  The presentation on March 7, 2019, will feature Dr. Monica Peek speaking on “Structural Inequities and Health Disparities: Lessons for Medical Decision Making.” According to the event announcement, the presentation objectives include: … Continue reading Useful Resource: NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series

Health literacy linked to blood pressure medication adherence among Hispanics

The following excerpt comes from the January 22, 2019,  press release on EurekaAlert!. Good health literacy is associated with better adherence to blood pressure medications among Hispanic individuals with high blood pressure, finds a study by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and Columbia University School of Nursing. However, the majority of this population lacks … Continue reading Health literacy linked to blood pressure medication adherence among Hispanics

The United States Maternal Mortality Rate Will Continue To Increase Without Access To Data

The following excerpt comes from the February 4, 2019, article by Rachel Mayer, Alison Dingwall, Juli Simon-Thomas, Abdul Sheikhnureldin, and Kathy Lewis in the Health Affairs Blog. Over the past two decades, the US maternal mortality rate has doubled, making the US the only developed nation in the world with an increasing maternal mortality rate. … Continue reading The United States Maternal Mortality Rate Will Continue To Increase Without Access To Data

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

The following excerpt comes from the January 22, 2019, article by Caitlin Reilly from Inside Philanthropy. A recent initiative from America’s Promise Alliance—an organization best known for its efforts to boost high school graduation rates—supports work with communities to improve health in schools. Addressing trauma will be a major focus of that work, which is … Continue reading An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

How are States Using Medicaid to Pay for Home Visiting? New Paper Offers More Clarity

The following excerpt comes from the January 24, 2019, article by Elisabeth Wright Burak on the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog. As we’ve sought to identify concrete ways Medicaid can better support young children’s development, one of the clearest opportunities of high interest to policymakers is expanding … Continue reading How are States Using Medicaid to Pay for Home Visiting? New Paper Offers More Clarity

Advancing the Science to Minority Health and Health Disparities

The January 2019 issue of the American Journal of Public Health provides a comprehensive overview of the new science vision developed by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. In the article, “Science Visioning in Minority Health and Health Disparities,”  Dr. Eliseo J. Pérex-Stable and Dr. Fancis Collins explain the special issue in … Continue reading Advancing the Science to Minority Health and Health Disparities

Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship

The following article is cross-posted from the January 17, 2019, article in the Med School Watercooler: News from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. The University of South Alabama Center for Healthy Communities, in partnership with the USA Translational Research Service Center and the USA Office of Community Engagement, recently hosted its 3rd … Continue reading Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship

Minorities Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

The following excerpt comes from the December 4, 2014, article by Ada Stewart on the AAFP Leader Voices Blog. It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented among medical students and practicing physicians. And minorities are more likely to face health disparities and issues related to access to care. What you might not know is that … Continue reading Minorities Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials