Posted by: jlenart | May 5, 2017

Health care policy and equity

11702251703_cd2a666b14_b The Affordable Care Act: Efforts to Address Barriers to Health Equity reports that access to health insurance coverage has improved for groups who were previously uninsured. The Affordable Care Act has improved health equity. As the Affordable Care Act is threatened, learn about key health policies including High Risk Pools, Selling Insurance Across State Lines, Regulating Drug Prices at Sounds Like a Good Idea, 2 minute tutorials provided by Kaiser Health News.

Posted by: jlenart | April 10, 2017

Reduce under-age drinking in diverse communities

Lager_beer_in_glassThe effectiveness of 2 different interventions to reduce under-age drinking were demonstrated in a study of 1,600 high school students, according to the National Institutes of Health. For details of the research see Multilevel Prevention Trial of Alcohol Use Among American Indian and White High School Students in the Cherokee Nation. Komro KA, Livingston MD, Wagenaar AC, Kominsky TK, Pettigrew DW, Garrett BA; Cherokee Nation Prevention Trial Team. Am J Public Health. 2017 Mar;107(3):453-459. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303603. PMID: 28103073.

RESPECTFrom the New York Times see
25 mini-films for exploring race, bias and identity with students.

Posted by: jlenart | March 8, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic: 3 Webinars

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A three-part webinar series The Opioid Epidemic: What can we do differently? is available. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administratio.n

Medications Used to Treat Opioid Addiction (February 7, 2017):

Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction: We are all part of the solution! (February 21, 2017):

 Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives (February 28, 2017):

Posted by: jlenart | January 19, 2017

The Migration Policy Institute


The Migration Policy Institute provides resources on research, data, maps, programs and initiatives related to migration around the world. As immigration and refugee rights are increasingly discussed, their resources provide data and research to facilitate decisions.

For additional information on the refugee crisis see World at War: Forced Displacement in 2014 from the UN Refugee Agency.

Posted by: jlenart | January 19, 2017

African Americans’ Health & Health Care

Disparities experienced by African Americans in relation to health and access to health care are illustrated in an infographic by the Kaiser Family Foundation: Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States.  One example is see below.


Kaiser Family Foundation, Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States, (Washington, DC: Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2017),

Posted by: jlenart | December 5, 2016

Geography and health

counties-of-usaAre you interested in how geography impact health outcomes? See these 2016 articles.

An article by Raj Chetty and colleagues:

Editorials by Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Economics:

An articly by Steven Woolf who is also an author of the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 report, U.S. Health in International Perspective  Shorter Lives Poorer Health:

An article by Michael McGuinnes of the National Academy of Sciences:

A New York Times’ front page story:

Posted by: jlenart | November 14, 2016

Well-being and living longer

townHow 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.

Posted by: jlenart | October 12, 2016

Addressing Race in Clinical Practice

clinicThe 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.

Posted by: jlenart | September 19, 2016

Making Sense of Health Equity Terminology


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.

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