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Health is about more than health care. Where we live, work, and play affects our health. Health services research provides evidence on the factors that affect, and support, the health of communities.

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Charting the Course to a Reimagined Public Health System

Following a joint convening with the American Public Health Association and key public health leaders, AcademyHealth outlines priority areas for public health services and systems research across the following domains: preparedness and resilience; structure; performance; workforce; data and technology; and financing and economics.
Blog Post       Increased caseloads and COVID-19 complications erode school nurses’ critical role in facilitating childhood vaccinations

Increased caseloads and COVID-19 complications erode school nurses’ critical role in facilitating childhood vaccinations

Burnout threatens to upend the traditional school nurse gatekeeping function that upholds state laws requiring vaccines for school attendance.
Blog Post       Which Came First? New Research Examines Relationship between Food Insecurity and Health Care Spending

Which Came First? New Research Examines Relationship between Food Insecurity and Health Care Spending

Food insecurity and higher than average health expenditures are related, but how and to what degree matters when considering policy interventions. This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research published in AcademyHealth’s official journal HSR that finds the relationship is both bidirectional and unequal.
Posted Sep 23, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
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States Explore the Use of Disadvantage Indices to Advance Health Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations and Beyond

At a June 2021 AcademyHealth workshop, supported by Blue Shield of California Foundation, public health officials shared their on-the-ground experiences of using disadvantage indices to locate COVID-19 testing sites, allocate vaccines, set up vaccination sites, and conduct community outreach to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
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