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

Communities Driving Health Equity: A Spotlight Video Series

The National Academy of Medicine has developed a documentary video series that spotlights local organizations advancing health equity in their communities by addressing environmental, social, economic, social, and structural challenges that may impact health. The videos include People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo (PUSH Buffalo) -- Fighting for Affordable Housing in Buffalo Indianapolis CCongregationAction Network … Continue reading Communities Driving Health Equity: A Spotlight Video Series

Useful Resource: Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live?

From the research it has supported, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created an interactive tool to allow users to input a zip code and see life expectancy data from the area. In describing how zip code affects life expectancy and health, the page description includes, “Access to affordable, high-quality medical care is essential to … Continue reading Useful Resource: Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live?

NQF Issues Guidance for Medicaid Programs to Improve Health by Addressing Social Needs

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

Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities

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

Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

The following excerpt comes from the December 12, 2017, article by Sheela Nimishakavi from NPQ. Following the tragic death of a highly educated and accomplished African American mother three weeks after giving birth, a tough question remains unanswered: If education, income, and a strong support system cannot protect black women from dying during and shortly … Continue reading Racial Health Disparities Are Well Documented

Economic Inequality and Health Inequality are Inextricably Linked

The following excerpt comes from the December 12,  2017, article by John Lettiere and Steve Glickman on City Lab. The devastation to struggling small towns and cities of Appalachia and the Northeast unleashed by the opioid epidemic has brought renewed attention to the connection between the physical health of individuals and the economic health of … Continue reading Economic Inequality and Health Inequality are Inextricably Linked

U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health

The following excerpt comes from the November 1, 2017, article by Sternberg in US News and World Report. The jigsaw puzzle of U.S. counties fits neatly together into a pleasing whole, displaying America as a land of many parts. Within those parts, people in adjacent communities may have similar lifestyles and incomes. They may eat … Continue reading U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health

Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

The following excerpt comes from the November 1, 2017, article by  Sara Heath on Patient EngagementHIT. Implementing public programs to supplement food security in low-income patients can help reduce hospital use within that population, according to a study published in both BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. This data suggests that addressing the social determinants … Continue reading Food Security, Social Determinants of Health Lower Hospital Use

Why insurance really is a life or death issue, especially for minorities

The following excerpt comes from the article by Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice posted on CNN on October 19,2017. The study released this week by the American Cancer Society highlighted the significant role health insurance plays in the widening chasm of disparities in breast cancer mortality. Progress on this front has been made. The Affordable Care … Continue reading Why insurance really is a life or death issue, especially for minorities