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Funding a Food Allergy

Food allergies have become synonymous with the upper-middle class; there’s probably a punchline somewhere about all the nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free items in a Whole Foods shopping cart at this very moment. But, the reality is, food allergies plague every socioeconomic group in the nation; 8% of children in the United States have at least one food allergy. Wealthier families just have the means to proactively manage them.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Food

Social Determinants of Health and Physician Education

Healthcare in the United States ranks last out of 11 developed nations in the world (Citation 1). We lag far behind the UK, Australia, the Netherlands and seven other countries in access, equity, and health care outcomes. Yet, we spend more on healthcare than any of them. However, we spend much less on social services than any of the other 11 countries and therein lies the problem.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Health Spending

Webinar Announcement: Analytic Strategies to Keep up with Modern Healthcare

Save the date for Healthify and Looker to present on "Analytic Strategies to Keep up with Modern Healthcare" through HealthIT Analytics.

Topics: Healthify Webinar

Keeping the Lights On: Combatting Energy Insecurity with Social Programs

Vulnerable, low-income populations in need of social services visit the emergency room at more than twice the rates of other Americans. But once treated and discharged, they face another barrier to staying healthy when they return home: keeping their utilities on. More than 16 million US households face energy insecurity, meaning that they go without necessary utilities such as heat and electricity, throughout the year.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Food Utilities

The Looming Threats to a Widening Healthcare Disparity

It’s no secret that disparities exist within our healthcare system. Whether it is race, ethnicity, location, or socioeconomic status, health inequality is prevalent.

Topics: Health Disparities Healthcare Health Spending

Overcoming Summer Food Insecurity

Food insecurity for school-aged children reaches its most acute point just when those students should be relaxing and enjoying a break – summer time. Each year when schools let out, millions of children across the U.S. are left without the subsidized breakfast and lunch programs that provide them with the nutritious and filling foods that are vital building blocks for their physical and cognitive development. This summer gap can further disadvantage lower-income students from their peers. 

Topics: Childhood Development food insecurity Education

Turning the Healthcare Spend Right-side Up

It’s no secret that America spends a lot on healthcare. At 18% of GDP, a total of $3.2 trillion, America spends more on healthcare than any other country. However, recent data suggests the issue is less about how much we spend, and instead, where we spend it.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Healthcare Health Spending

Public Health and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars: Developing a Framework

One of the most persistent struggles in public health and safety in America over the past century has been the burden placed on the healthcare system by motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. While the numbers of deaths and injuries have been reduced since their peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when deaths averaged more than 50,000 people per year, motor vehicles are still responsible for more than 30,000 deaths and more than two million injuries per year in the United States.

Topics: Public Benefits Self driving cars public health ethics

A High School Diploma to Master Health

This graduation season, Evelyn completed high school with countless other students across the county, but her graduation was even more cause for celebration. At age 55, Evelyn was among 200 adult students in Ohio who were able to return to school and receive a state-issued diploma, proving that it’s never too late to attain education.

In the United States, 12% of adults are missing a high school diploma. While it may be easy to relegate this group to education bureaus, the matter of education, or lack thereof, has profound links to individual and collective health.

Topics: Education

Healthify Raises $6.5 Million to Transform How Health Care Addresses Social Needs

Investment, led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, will accelerate team growth, enhance new coordination product line, and support national expansion.

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health