How Has the Opioid Crisis Affected Health, Health Care Use, and Crime in the United States?
The Opioid Epidemic Has Disrupted Children’s Living Arrangements
Opioid Treatment Programs Can Reduce Opioid-Related Emergency Dept Visits and Foster Care Placements
Poor Children Have Lower Literacy Skills than their Higher-Income Peers
This study finds that children in households that participate in more than one social assistance program (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, and Free or Reduced-Price Lunch) have lower literacy skills when they enter kindergarten than children whose households participate in fewer or no social programs.
State COVID-19 Policies that Restricted In-Person Interaction and Economic Support Saved Lives
This brief summarizes the results of a recent study examining how U.S. states’ COVID-19 policies were related to COVID-19 mortality rates from April to December 2020.
CDC Guidelines Hide the Alzheimer Disease Mortality Burden among Adults with Down Syndrome
This brief summarizes results from a recent study seeking to accurately measure the disparity in the Alzheimer disease mortality burden between adults with versus without Down syndrome for years 2005-2019.
Exposure to Free School Meals in Kindergarten Has Lasting Positive Effects on Students’ Attendance
This brief summarizes findings examining the relationship between exposure to UFM in kindergarten and attendance and weight outcomes in NYC students from grades K-3. The results demonstrate that children who receive free meals through UFM in kindergarten have better school attendance than those who do not. In addition, there is no evidence receiving free meals in kindergarten affects weight outcomes.
The U.S. Should Increase Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Among Incarcerated Individuals
This brief describes the use of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as realistic and legally protected approaches to reducing overdoses upon exiting incarceration. It also calls for federal regulation and guidance on the use of MOUD in prisons, jails, and drug courts to ensure each person who needs treatment receives it.
The End of the “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Depression - What Now?
This brief summarizes new findings examining the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance and calls for healthcare professionals and patients to consider the market influences and social structures that impact health.
Food Insecurity is a Common Problem for Military Service Members and their Families
This brief summarizes the key findings of a memorandum and discusses what can be done to improve food security among active-duty military members and their families.
How Did COVID-19 School Closures Affect Adolescents with ADHD?
Mothers of Disabled Children Faced Numerous Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Combating Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Veterans after Separation from Military Service
How Has Grandparenthood Changed in Rural China?
This data slice examines the changes in grandparenting in rural China and calls for policies that decrease caregiver burnout, stress, and associated poor health outcomes.
Older Adults on SNAP Experience Gaps in Benefits
The Unequal Burden of Long COVID
This data slice summarizes data from the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey and reports that although there are no significant racial/ethnic differences in overall activity limitations from long COVID, a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic/Latino adults report experiencing “significant” activity limitations compared to Whites.
Limited Cognitive Ability May Reduce SNAP Participation among Older Adults
Conservative State Policies Contribute to Higher Mortality Rates among Working-age Americans
The Cost of Being a Woman: How Race and Education Affect the Gender Pay Gap
Older Immigrants Are More Likely Than Older Nonimmigrants to Experience Loneliness
This research brief explores the impact of age at immigration on feelings of loneliness and considers factors such as health, socio-demographics, and engagement in volunteering in the assessment.