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Saznin Mehta

Saznin Mehta

Saz is a public health graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a content writer for Healthify.

Recent Posts by Saznin Mehta:

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 healthcare rural health

All by Myself: The Health Effects of Loneliness

Loneliness has evolved from a favorite topic of angsty teens to a serious public health crisis. Long thought of as a temporary state of mind, loneliness--broadly defined as “the distress people feel when reality fails to meet their ideal of social relationships”--now outstrips obesity as a predictor of early death.

Topics: Healthify social determinants of health community resources mental health community-based organizations coordinated care coordination

Is Social Media Contributing to the Rise of Teen Suicides?

Middle schoolers are now just as likely to die from suicide as from traffic accidents, according to newly published data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Topics: social determinants of health childhood development mental health

Election 2016’s Public Health Winners

Donald J. Trump wasn’t the only big winner of the November 8th election. The tenuous future of science and medicine, the Affordable Care Act, and women’s reproductive rights aside, public health made some big gains last week, as Americans voted for measures that will significantly affect the social determinants of health in their communities. Let’s take a look at some of these victories.

Topics: public benefits public policy election 2016

Today: Vote Your Way to Happiness

Stressed out by this year’s election? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Therapy appointments actually increase during election years. And given the media circus surrounding the 2016 race, our nation’s mental health professionals have their work cut out for them.

Topics: mental health public policy election 2016

Presidential Policy Series: Housing

Are you a city dweller who spends more than half your income on rent? Do you struggle to find affordable, equitable housing options? Is your town slowly being eaten away by blight? If so, housing is likely an important issue to you in this presidential campaign.

Topics: housing insecurity public policy election 2016

The Presidential Policy Series: HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected the lives of millions of Americans over the last thirty years. Since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s more than 575,000 Americans have died of AIDS, and more than 56,000 people are infected with HIV each year. Over a million people are currently living with HIV in the United States. Despite the steadily climbing death toll over the last three decades, the U.S. didn’t have a comprehensive strategy to combat HIV/AIDS until 2010. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) launched on July 13, 2010, with the goal of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care, improving health outcomes for people suffering from HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

Topics: public policy HIV/AIDS election 2016

Want to Get Americans Active? Study Suggests Prioritizing Education Spending

It’s no secret that regular physical activity can affect overall health and well-being. Exercising regularly can lower the risk of a variety of ailments including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and even depression. Unfortunately, according to the CDC only 1 in 5 adults in the United States met the CDC-established physical activity guidelines. Since many of the leading causes of death in the United States are potentially preventable with regular physical activity, incentivizing activity is an important public health imperative.

Topics: public health childhood development public policy

The Minimum Wage and Maternal and Newborn Health

Conversations on minimum wage hikes have focused largely on the economic impacts it would have on families and states. But new research lays out the potential benefits that an increase in the minimum wage could have on poor women, their health, and the health of their children.

Women make up 64% of the 4.2 million workers earning minimum wage or less. These aren’t just teenagers working seasonal retail. The vast majority are adults. Almost 80% of women living on minimum wage are 20 or older. Approximately 40% are over 30.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities childhood development

The Hidden Hunger Crisis in the LGBT Community

First, the bad news: Back in May, Gallup reported that 15% of U.S. adults did not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families in the last year. Now, the good news: This is a 5% decrease from the 2013 high of nearly 20% and represents the lowest percentage of Americans struggling to afford food since Gallup started tracking the measure in 2008.

Topics: community resources public health food