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500 Cities Project: Only Two Miles Away, Yet Miles Apart

Baltimore, like many cities across the country, is experiencing growing pains. With a relatively affluent metropolitan area and an abundance of high-paying jobs, the city is booming. But as wealth infiltrates some neighborhoods, others are being left behind. As a result, the city is experiencing significant gaps in both the wealth and health of its residents.

Take, for instance, two Baltimore neighborhoods, Federal Hill, located south of downtown, and Cherry Hill, one of the southernmost neighborhoods of the city. Approximately two miles apart, the two neighborhoods could not be more disparate when it comes to health. 

Topics: Community Resources Low income housing Coordinate Care coordination 500 cities project Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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 Coordinate Care coordination

Bringing Coordinated Care to Rural Communities

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in the southeast corner of Kentucky sits a once-booming coal center. Today, Letcher County, home to 25,000 residents, is distressed; the community faces high poverty rates and poor health.

The story of Letcher County is all too familiar across rural America. About one out of five Americans, 60 million in total, live in places like Letcher County. Rural America has been hit hard in recent years. For half a century, coal mining and other industrial sectors drove the rural economy, and as a result these regions contributed greatly to our country’s overall economic health.

Topics: Community Resources low income Community Based Organizations Coordinate Care Vulnerable populations rural care

Integrating Social Determinants into Redesigned Care

Teaching Medical Students about the Social Determinants of Health Improves Patient Care

When a patient comes seeking care, typically providers identify symptoms, diagnose, treat, and send the patient on their way with a care plan. But what happens when the patient returns presenting the provider with the exact same issue from the first visit? Are these patients treated exactly the same way again and simply deemed noncompliant?

Today, many teaching hospitals and medical schools are advocating a different approach. They are training residents and medical students on the social determinants of health. Instead of following the traditional model where physicians focus on the presenting illness, diagnosis, and treatment, they are asking these new physicians to identify the social circumstances or behavioral health conditions that are at the root of health issues.

Topics: Healthcare Delivery Social Determinants of Health Community Resources

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

Summer's Impact on the Achievement Gap

The Financial Burden of Summer Vacation

The school year provides a sense of stability for families and a structure that allows both children and parents to form consistent routines. However, for underprivileged families, the stability gained from school is more extensive. In addition to the obvious educational benefits, to unprivileged families school provides child care, meals, mental and physical activity, and often before and after school programs.

Topics: Health Disparities Community Resources Childhood Development

Sustainable Implementation for Mission-Driven Organizations

Do a Google search for nonprofit sustainability and you’ll find a ton of articles about the importance of metrics and quantifiable data to evaluate the work you’re doing. This dialogue focuses on how to appease donors and keep the money rolling in, rather than how to increase results and community impact. Sustainability in finances is indeed an important part of the conversation, but we also need to address sustainability in implementation.

Topics: Community Resources

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

Healthify Presents at Health 2.0 Pittsburgh

 Watch Eric Conner present Healthify  and discuss social determinants of health at Health 2.0 Pittsburgh hosted by Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Topics: Healthify Social Determinants of Health Community Resources