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The Looming Threats to a Widening Healthcare Disparity

It’s no secret that disparities exist within our healthcare system. Whether it is race, ethnicity, location, or socioeconomic status, health inequality is prevalent.

Topics: Health Disparities Health care Health Spending

Turning the Healthcare Spend Right-side Up

It’s no secret that America spends a lot on healthcare. At 18% of GDP, a total of $3.2 trillion, America spends more on healthcare than any other country. However, recent data suggests the issue is less about how much we spend, and instead, where we spend it.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health care Health Spending

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

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

Testing the Effectiveness of Healthy School Lunchroom Interventions

In an effort to combat America’s obesity epidemic, school boards and state legislatures are increasingly turning to interventions in which less healthy food options are replaced with healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Topics: Childhood Development Food obesity Health care class room

A Smart(phone) Solution: Connected Care for Homeless

 The U.S. is home to more than 230 million smartphones. Every population, young and old, rich and poor, now are among the many users. Not surprisingly, smartphones have become a vital tool in helping the nation’s most vulnerable population. For the homeless, a mobile phone can be a lifeline to a spectrum of services, timely information and a connection to their community. For healthcare professionals seeking to improve outcomes, smartphones make coordinated care a reality. 

Topics: low income Coordinate Care Vulnerable populations Homeless Health care

Does Money Matter? It Does for Your Health.

“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.” 

—Former President Barack Obama

Wealth influences your education, your environment, and most of all your health.

In the U.S., life expectancy is tied to income, and wealthier Americans have an advantage. The wealthier live longer than low-income counterparts. Because of social circumstances, low-income Americans experience more stress, mental illness, violence, and obesity, among other burdens. Many low-income individuals also struggle to afford medication, lack awareness on where or when to seek care, and do not have the same access to treat and prevent their health issues.

Topics: Healthify low income Vulnerable populations ACA Health care