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New Cross-State Analysis Examines Health Services Disparities Among Medicaid Enrollees and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs

With the recent expiration of the federal eviction moratorium and the heightened focus on social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic, this new cross-state analysis of permanent supportive housing programs is timelier than ever.
Posted Oct 25, 2021 By Caitlin Otter, Rachel Campbell-Baier
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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Blog Post       Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

A recent literature review revealed most studies of social need interventions were poorly designed, inadequately documented, and inconsistently presented. In this post, Robert Dubois of the National Pharmaceutical Council, an AcademyHealth Organizational Member, outlines the state of the research and provides recommendations to improve study design quality.
Posted Aug 5, 2021 By Robert W. Dubois, M.D., Ph.D.
Blog Post       Study Finds New Cancer Therapies Improved Survival, But Increased Medicare Spending Substantially

Study Finds New Cancer Therapies Improved Survival, But Increased Medicare Spending Substantially

A new study published in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, found that while the use of new cancer therapies did result in noteworthy improvements in lung cancer survival rates, Medicare spending increased substantially, raising concerns about the financial burden of these treatments.
Posted May 19, 2021 By Lauren Adams, M.A.
Blog Post       Trust-Building and Health Data Sharing across Stakeholder Groups: The Value of Convening

Trust-Building and Health Data Sharing across Stakeholder Groups: The Value of Convening

A report from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) found that a lack of trust was a key barrier to data sharing. Expert panelists from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the National Partnership for Women and Families, PCORI, and the NAM delved into this topic at the recent Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference.
Posted Apr 1, 2021 By Sarah Greene, M.P.H.
Blog Post       Report Reveals Successes and Gaps in Linking Data to Advance Maternal Health

Report Reveals Successes and Gaps in Linking Data to Advance Maternal Health

Informed by discussant interviews, this report highlights themes in successful state-based maternal health data linkage initiatives, gaps in implementing such initiatives, and the status of current data linkages to address maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.