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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

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

On a Wednesday afternoon in South Jersey, a large pink van pulled into a Chick-fil-A parking lot. While many customers continued their routine as usual, a few women first walked over to the pink van before going into the restaurant. 

Topics: Health care cancer prevention

The Declining Health of Rural America

Public health researchers have always posited that where you live has a significant impact on your health and well-being. While health outcomes between rural and urban America have historically been different, newly released data from the CDC shows that mortality rates in rural areas are actually plateauing or even increasing. Compared to people living in urban or suburban areas, rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), and stroke -- the five leading causes of death in the U.S.

Topics: rural care Health care rural health

The Link Between Walkability and Happiness: New Evidence

When it comes to the health benefits of walkable cities, in which the built environment is conducive to walking, the scientific and public health communities are broadly in agreement. Walkable cities reduce the risk of putting on excess body weight, increase general levels of physical activity, and can potentially reduce the amount of time adults spend on electronic devices. However, one of the more neglected aspects of walkability in public health literature has been walkability’s effect on individual happiness levels. While it is easy to assume that the health benefits associated with walkability would naturally increase happiness, these assumptions should not be taken for granted, which is why researchers in the Journal of Public Health released a new study considering the link between walkability and neighborhood satisfaction.

Topics: Community Resources Environmental Health walkable resources happiness

Shifting Focus: New Strategies to Fight Food Deserts

In recent years the concept of food deserts, commonly defined as areas with low car ownership combined with few or no supermarkets located within a mile, has become a focus of politicians and public health professionals looking to improve health outcomes in low-income communities.

Topics: Community Resources Food food insecurity Food deserts

Fostering a Community Connection for Homeless Children

“Love, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well-being.” -Unknown

 Being homeless is a traumatic experience, but for children it is especially detrimental. During a child’s crucial years of development, losing everything—their home, routines, privacy, friends, and pets—creates a toxic stress that has a lasting impact on their physical and mental health. Without basic needs, children grow up longing for more: more safety, more structure, and more security.

Approximately 2.5 million children lacked a home at some point in 2013. And according to the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of homeless students has doubled in the past decade.

Topics: Childhood Development Coordinate Care Homeless

Employment: A Key to Better Health

Collie Thomas is an orderly at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Each day, she stocks patients’ rooms with supplies, transports patients, and delivers medical records. It’s not a glamorous job, but Collie plays an important role in helping the hospital run smoothly, and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity. Unlike many in our country, Collie has a steady source of income.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations employment

Empowering Women to Improve Health

Women’s health has taken center stage in 2017, but not necessarily for positive reasons. As healthcare policies continue to be debated in Washington, essential healthcare benefits for women are in jeopardy, including prenatal and maternity care, mammograms, and birth control.

As National Women’s Health Week, it’s an apt time to promote, not demote, women’s health. National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, serves as a time to advocate for women to make their health a priority. The annual campaign encourages women to improve their health, including regularly visiting a doctor, adhering to a healthy diet, exercising, and prioritizing mental health.

Topics: Community Resources Women's Health Community Based Organizations Coordinate Care Womens healthcare week

Is Healthcare Leaving Latino Men Behind?

By 2045, approximately 50 million Latino-American men will live in the United States. Imagine if this growing population avoided healthcare; instead of seeking preventative care, they only sought emergency treatment when necessary. It’s a scary thought on its way to becoming reality if not addressed soon.

Currently, Latino males are more likely to be sick and suffer from chronic illnesses than the average American. They are more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, and have high blood pressure, among other illnesses, and are less likely to seek treatment. Compounding matters, due to a distrust of the American health system, Hispanic men avoid doctors, cancer screenings and medication. Instead, they count on the emergency room as their primary point of treatment.

Topics: Coordinate Care minority health Health care