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Jon Lin

Jon Lin

Jon is a reporter at the Jersey Journal and a guest contributor to the Healthify Editorial.

Recent Posts by Jon Lin:

Who Would Zika Affect the Most in the U.S.?

If the cluster of Zika cases recently reported in Florida spreads further, the virus's impact in the United States would likely disproportionately affect the poor.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Zika

Treating Housing as Part of a Patient's Health

How Stable Housing Impacts Health

NPR recently put a spotlight on the University of Illinois Hospital's money-saving initiative to provide housing to frequent emergency room users. Those types of patients, who are often called "superutilizers" in the medical world, are people with a mix of chronic medical problems, mental health issues and homelessness that drive them to visit the hospital far more than the average patient, NPR reported.
Topics: Healthcare Delivery Social Determinants of Health Housing

What's the Effect of Parental Domestic Violence on Children?

Victims of Chronic Domestic Violence Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

A new study by the University of Toronto found that one in six adults who were exposed to chronic parental domestic violence during childhood has attempted suicide, according to a university news release.
 
The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among adults who had been exposed to such violence during childhood was 17.3 percent compared to 2.3 percent among those without the same exposure, the release stated. 
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Social Work Childhood Development

A Closer Look at America's Infant Mortality Rate

U.S. Ranks 26th in Infant Mortality Rate

The U.S. ranks behind 25 other industrialized nations when it comes to how well it keeps babies alive, the New York Times recently reported.
The U.S. infant mortality rate is 4.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, which is higher than most European countries and about twice the rates for Finland, Sweden and Denmark, according to a 2014 CDC report.
 
(The 4.2 figure excludes babies born at less than 24 weeks of gestation to ensure international comparability, the CDC noted in its report.)
 
Topics: Health Disparities Public Health

U.S. Ranks 19th Among Nations for Social Progress: Report

Report Focuses on Social Determinants of Health

The United States ranks a "disappointing" 19th place among nations in terms of social progress, according to a new report by U.S.-based nonprofit Social Progress Imperative.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Public Health

U.S. Death Rate Rises For the First Time in a Decade

Rise in Death Rate Surprises Experts

The death rate in the United States rose last year for the first time in a decade, The New York Times reported. The rate rose to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, up from 723.2 in 2014, the newspaper reported, citing preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Topics: Public Health

Black Americans See Gains in Life Expectancy

New federal data is showing that black Americans have made significant health gains since the 1990s, the New York Times reported last month.
 
Those gains have contributed to the narrowest life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in history, having gone from a seven-year gap in 1990 to a 3.4-year gap in 2014, the newspaper reported. Life expectancy as of 2014 was 75.6 years for blacks and 79 years for whites.
 
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Public Health

Teen Childbirths See Record Decline But Disparities Persist: CDC

The overall birth rate among U.S. teens ages 15 to 19 has declined to the lowest rate ever recorded, but racial and ethnic disparities persist, the CDC said in a recent report.
 
In a April 29 report, the CDC said the overall teen birth rate between 1991 and 2014 dropped 61 percent from 61.8 to 24.2 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19, but that the birth rate in 2014 remained about twice as high for Hispanic and black teens compared to white teens.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities

States Spending More on Social Services Relative to Medical Care Are Healthier

A new study is showing that states that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, USA TODAY reported.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Resources Public Health

The Burden of Energy Costs on Low-income Families

A recent report shows that low-income U.S. households pay more than double what average households pay in energy costs when those costs are measured as a percentage of income, Urban Land Magazine reported.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Resources