The 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.
From the New York Times see
25 mini-films for exploring race, bias and identity with students.
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): https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/p2tsf36kgtn/
Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction: We are all part of the solution! (February 21, 2017):https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/p6pszt4allk/
Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives (February 28, 2017):
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.
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), http://k.org/infographic/health-and-health-care-for-blacks-in-the-united-states.
Are 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:
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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