Social Determinants of Health Are Important, but Who Is Responsible for Addressing Them?

The following excerpt comes from the June 18, 2018, article by Jaime Rosenberg on AJMC Managed Markets Network. Although the importance of addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), such as food insecurity and housing instability, has become apparent, how to properly address these social determinants, and who should do so in the clinical environment, is … Continue reading Social Determinants of Health Are Important, but Who Is Responsible for Addressing Them?

How Kids and Families Pay the Real Cost of Health Inequality

The following excerpt comes from the May 31, 2018, article by Michelle Chen in The Nation. When you’re too sick to go to work, you shouldn’t be punished for taking time to recover. That simple truth has driven many cities to enact paid leave policies in recent years, guaranteeing paid sick days, or some kind … Continue reading How Kids and Families Pay the Real Cost of Health Inequality

Study Finds Connecting Patients with Social Services to Address Social Determinants of Health Generates Double-Digit Reduction in Healthcare Spending

The following excerpt comes from the May 23, 2018, press release posted on PR Newswire. New research released by WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) and the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health, Tampa, and published in Population Health Management, reports that healthcare spending is substantially reduced when people are successfully connected … Continue reading Study Finds Connecting Patients with Social Services to Address Social Determinants of Health Generates Double-Digit Reduction in Healthcare Spending

Social Determinants of Health Dashboard Expands to 500 Cities

The following excerpt comes from the May 17, 2018, article by Jennifer Bresnick on Health Analytics. The City Health Dashboard, an online resource offering interactive insights into clinical data and social determinants of health, now covers 500 cities across the United States. The publicly available tool, developed by the Department of Population Health at NYU … Continue reading Social Determinants of Health Dashboard Expands to 500 Cities

A Different Kind of Public Health Message

The following excerpt comes from the May 3, 2018, article by Livia Gershon on JSTOR Daily. “Public health awareness” usually refers to campaigns with messages about quitting smoking or eating healthful foods, often aimed at the people who are most vulnerable to health threats. But four public health and communications specialists, Jeff Niederdeppe, Q. Lisa … Continue reading A Different Kind of Public Health Message

Useful Resource: Medicaid Fact Sheets

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) policy and research center seeks “to expand and improve high-quality, affordable health coverage for America's children and families. To meet this goal, the CCF developed a series of Medicaid Fact Sheets exploring the role of Medicaid in ensuring access to care. The factsheets include: Snapshot of … Continue reading Useful Resource: Medicaid Fact Sheets

Useful Resource: Why are some Americans more likely to fall off the “cliff of good health”?

A recent video from the Urban Institute explains the importance of social determinants of health and how they contribute to health disparities found in the United States. Check out the video below or visit the original post from the Urban Institute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=318&v=to7Yrl50iHI

Home-delivered meals might reduce ER visits, study suggests

The following excerpt comes from the April 2, 2018 article by Carolyn Y. Johnson on The Washington Post Wonkblog. Delivering meals to vulnerable sick people might be a simple way to cut back on emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reining in some of the costliest kinds of medical care, according to a new Health Affairs study. … Continue reading Home-delivered meals might reduce ER visits, study suggests

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

The following excerpt comes from the March 27, 2018 article from AAFP News. After almost a decade of improvement, the percentage of babies in the United States born with a low birthweight rose to 8.2 percent in 2016 -- a 2 percent increase over 2014. That's according to the 2018 County Health Rankings Key Findings … Continue reading Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

South Team Engineers the Rebirth of Stewart Park

The following excerpt comes from the April 17, 2018, article by Bob Lowry on the University of South Alabama website. The wind whips through the trees of this forlorn city park near Mobile Bay. A couple of rusty swings sway back and forth. Nearby, a silent, rundown basketball court awaits a pickup game. There’s an … Continue reading South Team Engineers the Rebirth of Stewart Park