From 1995 to 1997, more than 17,000 individuals went to the doctor and had a standard physical exam. One key difference between this exam and the one you get each year? At the time of their check up, participants completed a survey, like the one below, with questions about their childhood history, current health status, and behavior (in other words, the social determinants of their health). In doing so, these 17,000 individuals became a part of a longitudinal study assessing the relationship between adverse child experiences, health care use and causes of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study or, more commonly, the ACE study, and it is still going on to this day.
Believed to be one of the greatest medical advancements, vaccines are known as the best form of preventive care. For millions of people, vaccines have protected them from diseases, which wouldrequire complex and costly care if contracted. While getting vaccinated seems like the obvious choice, barriers to care remain a problem, and despite efforts, racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination rates still exist. Today, as we focus on improving the health of our communities, improving vaccination rates is an important area to focus on.
Healthify Team, on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM
From rural areas to our largest cities, hunger plagues many in our country. Today, one in six Americans faces the struggle of food insecurity. As the cost of food and other expenses increase, more people are forced to make tradeoffs, and their health is worse as a result.
Healthify Team, on Mar 9, 2016 11:10:56 AM
Healthify Team, on Mar 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Eric Allen Conner, on Mar 4, 2016 11:25:09 AM