How important to your longevity is your sense of well-being in your community? A new study in Health Affairs, November 2016 suggests that it is very important. The research identified components of well-being including physical health, emotional health, life satisfaction, optimism and sense of security. The authors found that communities with higher well-being scores also had higher life expectancy after controlling for poverty, education and race. Life expectancy in the 3,000 counties studied varied for women, from 73 to 85 years and for men, from 64 to 82 years of age. Read a summary or see the study at Arora, A., Spatz, E., Herrin, J., Riley, C., Roy, B., Kell, K., Coberley, C., Rula, E., & Krumholz, H.M. (2016). Population Well-Being Measures Help Explain Geographic Disparities In Life Expectancy At The County Level. Health Affairs (Millwood), 1;35(11):2075-2082. PubMed PMID: 27834249.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement shares the experience of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center of Boston, Massachusetts as they explored questions that promote health equity during clinical visits and address race in clinical practice.
Words Matter: Making Sense of Health Equity Terminology provides definitions of five key words used in the discussion of health equity. Additional links are listed in this resource from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
The video Mistrust of the Health System (4 minutes) summarizes the reasons some people do not trust health care services and proposes actions to improve the trust. The presenter is Rev. Bobby Baker, Director of Faith and Community Partnerships of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. The video is offered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School.
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are now recognized to have long-term impacts on the brain and life-long cognitive and emotional health. This is essential information for health care providers who provide care to all ages. Understanding adults’ ACEs may contribute to creating a plan that will improve their well-being. Asking about children’s exposure to ACEs provides an opportunity to intervene and prevent the impact on the developing brain. For information see Brain Scans Show Biological Link Between Early Life Stress and Poorer Adult Mental Health. The CDC’s Violence Prevention ACEs page provide data and evidence for effective interventions. The ACEs Too High News by a science journalist offers stories of successful interventions.
Dental therapists have been improving access to dental care in Alaska since 2006. The role is important also in Canada and New Zealand and is beginning to be implemented in Maine, Minnesota and Vermont. Oregon has recently authorized the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Coquille to start dental therapy services. In Washington state the Swinomish Tribe sought to begin a similar program and was blocked by the state legislature for 5 years. This year they have been successful according to the New York Times article of May 22, 2016, Where Dentists are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care.
A free webcast, Political Power, Policy and Health Equity is scheduled for June 7th, 2016 from 1:30 to 4 pm EDT. Registration is requested. The presenters are:
- Mildred Thompson, Senior Director, PolicyLink, and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place
- Malia Villegas, Director, National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
- Lydia Camarillo, Vice-President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
- Thomas Ross, President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC; Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy (Moderator)
The report Health, United States, 2015 (pdf) includes positive and negative trends. Positive trends are seen in infant death rates, women smokers, numbers of uninsured and some areas of health equity. Highlights are summarized by the National Library of Medicine.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2015: With Special Feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Hyattsville, MD. 2016.
A Conversation with Latinos on Race (6 minute video) is a documentary in which many people share their experiences and emotions with identify.
Until April 17, 2016 watch this documentary series at no cost.
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