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Convenient Healthcare: Meet People Where They Are

With the rise of consumerism among patients in healthcare, many providers are expanding operations to improve patient satisfaction. But for many vulnerable populations, convenient healthcare is not a commodity—it’s a necessity.

Topics: Healthcare Delivery Health Disparities

Preserving Culture in Population Health Strategies

If health systems, payers, and providers aim to positively impact social determinants of health, it is imperative they recognize the cultural differences in caring for minority populations. Nationwide, people of color represent 38% of all Americans, and yet these groups are overrepresented in the low-income and underinsured populations.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Population Health

Overcoming Barriers to Healthcare for the Transgender Community

The health challenges facing the transgender population are some of the steepest and most difficult for any population subset in the United States today. Across the board, a transgender person is at greater risk than the national average for drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Compounding the problem are the community’s significant barriers to regular healthcare and gaps in coverage.

Topics: Healthcare Delivery Health Disparities LGBTQ

More Than a Tooth Ache: The Need for Comprehensive Dental Care

No one likes going to the dentist. But what if a visit to the dentist wasn’t even an option? Dental care is a luxury for many Americans. Nearly one-third of Americans are without dental insurance, and millions go without necessary dental care because they do not have access to it or simply cannot afford it.

Topics: Health Disparities Public Health Dental Care

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

From Homeless to Haven

Without a home, where would you seek shelter from bad weather? Where would you sleep? Where would you bathe and eat? Where would you go for safety? We take for granted the many benefits of living in a home.

Without permanent shelter, many homeless individuals find themselves turning to hospitals to fulfill their basic needs. With the financial challenges facing our health system already, caring for the homeless is an additional burden it struggles to address.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Housing

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

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

Curbing the Spread of HIV among Black Women in Washington, D.C.

Current HIV Rate at Severe Epidemic Level

It’s hard to believe that the HIV rate in our nation’s capital is almost as high as those of some African nations. In 2009, almost 3% of D.C. residents were living with HIV, three times the World Health Organization’s classification for a severe epidemic, and comparable to or even higher than the rates of Ghana, Rwanda, or Ethiopia.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Health Disparities Public Health

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