The following excerpt comes from the February 1, 2018, article by Cristina Novoa and Jamila Taylor posted by the Center for American Progress. References have been removed from the excerpt. Shortly after giving birth to her son in August 2017, 27-year-old activist and Black Lives Matter icon Erica Garner suffered her first heart attack. Garner, … Continue reading Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death Rates
The following excerpt comes from the report posted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Health care stakeholders have long recognized that factors outside the health care system—the social determinants of health—influence an individual’s health and well-being. Many hospitals and health systems are working to navigate the challenges of effectively linking community and clinical services … Continue reading Social determinants of health: How are hospitals and health systems investing in and addressing social needs?
The following excerpt comes from the February 1, 2018, article by Marjory Givens, David Kindig, Paula Tran Inzeo and Victoria Faust on the Health Affairs Blog. In the wake of the waves of women speaking out about sexual harassment; gerrymandering rising to the level of a US Supreme Court case; inaction on gun control in … Continue reading Power: The Most Fundamental Cause of Health Inequity?
The following excerpt comes from the January 30, 2018, article by Candace Butera in CityLab. There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A … Continue reading Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?
The following excerpt comes from the January 25, 2018, press release from the National Quality Forum. A new report from the National Quality Forum (NQF) outlines a systematic approach for Medicaid programs to better support efforts to collect and use data about individuals’ social needs and increase collaboration between communities and healthcare providers to improve … Continue reading NQF Issues Guidance for Medicaid Programs to Improve Health by Addressing Social Needs
The following excerpt comes from the January 16, 2018, article by Courtney Perkes on Shots: Health News from NPR. Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after emigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the … Continue reading Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable
The following excerpt comes from the January 18, 2018, article by Richard Florida in CityLab. Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been “food deserts”—disadvantaged neighborhoods that are underserved by quality grocery stores, and where … Continue reading It’s Not the Food Deserts: It’s the Inequality
The following excerpt comes from the January 19, 2018, article by Vann R. Newkirk II in the Atlantic. For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they … Continue reading The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality
The following excerpt comes from the January 8, 2017, article by Kevin Charles Fleming in the Pacific Standard. Pittsburgh's Hill District hasn't had a full-service grocery store in 30 years. Nestled in the heart of the city, the Hill was once a vital center of jazz, black culture, and civic life, earning it the nickname … Continue reading Breaking the Drought in Food Deserts
The following excerpt comes from the January 8, 2018, press release from the American Psychological Association on EurekaAlert!. People with low incomes and racial/ethnic minority populations experience greater levels of stress than their more affluent, white counterparts, which can lead to significant disparities in both mental and physical health that ultimately affect life expectancy, according … Continue reading Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities