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Evidence on how to evaluate, address and improve equity is an important area of work for AcademyHealth and its community of members and partners.

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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.
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New research finds a connection between police brutality and unmet needs for mental health care.

Previous evidence indicates that people exposed to police brutality are more likely to face mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder, that Black people and people of color are more likely to experience police brutality, and, that these same populations are more likely to have unmet needs for mental health care. This plain language summary highlights new research from Alang et al. that connects these themes and demonstrates for the first time that exposure to police brutality is itself associated with unmet mental health needs.
Posted Nov 29, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
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New Research Proposes Metrics, Measures, and Models Promoting Health Equity

The Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition (PTEC) is supporting four teams develop implementable, data-driven research to decrease inequity in the health care system. These projects were identified in partnership with AcademyHealth and a work group comprised of PTEC members and partners.
Blog Post       The Relationship between Health and Place: Expanding Use of Place-Based Disadvantage Indices Beyond COVID-19

The Relationship between Health and Place: Expanding Use of Place-Based Disadvantage Indices Beyond COVID-19

While disadvantage indices are increasingly recognized as a valuable tool to help promote health and prioritize equity, future use of these tools must include investments in data infrastructure, community partnerships, and further evaluation.
Posted Nov 9, 2021 By Rachel Campbell-Baier , Caitlin Otter