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Health is Political: Public Health Practitioners and Researchers Should be Trained Accordingly

Claire Pendergrast

Policy has long been considered a core element of public health practice. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that public health practice and research exist within a political context that cannot be ignored.

December 1, 2020

COVID-19 Reduced Outpatient Visits by up to 70% in the US

Pinka Chatterji, Yue Li

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for healthcare providers. Outpatient visits dropped by up to 70% relative to the same weeks in prior years.

November 17, 2020

Large Disparities between U.S. States in Cardiovascular Mortality among Adults aged 55 and Older

Nader Mehri

Over the past 20 years, declines in cardiovascular disease mortality rates have been much smaller in some U.S. states than others. Rates have also started to increase in some states in recent years.

October 29, 2020

Flooding Negatively Affects Health and Rural America is Not Immune

Danielle Rhubart

Flooding is on the rise in the US and rural states are not immune. Chronic and one-time flood events can have devastating consequences for financial well-being, with residual impacts on mental and physical health.

October 27, 2020

The U.S. Rural Mortality Penalty is Wide and Growing

Shannon M. Monnat

In the U.S., rural mortality rates are much higher than those in urban areas, and the gap has widened in recent years. Several causes of death are to blame.

October 20, 2020

Physical Health Impacts of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities

Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Madonna Harrington Meyer

For many grandparents, caring for their grandchildren makes them feel younger, mostly because they are more physically active and maintain healthier diets.

October 14, 2020

Child Injuries and the Timing of SNAP Benefits Receipt

Colleen Heflin, Irma Arteaga, Jean Felix Ndashimye, Matthew P. Rabbitt

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an important federal resource that provides nutritional assistance to low-income families. Timing of SNAP benefits can reduce childhood injuries.

September 22, 2020

COVID Trends Among Adults with Disabilities Living in Residential Group Homes in NYS through 7/10/20

Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Margaret K. Formica, Katherine E. McDonald

While COVID-19 case rates increased between April 10, 2020 and July 10, 2020 for both groups, from April 10 to May 1, the case rate increased by 2.5 times for people with IDD, from 2,225 to 5,544 cases per 100,000, but only increased by 1.6 times for New York State, from 886 to 1,584 cases per 100,000.

September 16, 2020

Rural COVID Mortality Rates Highest in Counties with the Largest Percentages of Blacks and Hispanics

Yue Sun, Shannon M. Monnat, Kent Jason G Cheng

COVID-19 mortality risk is not distributed equally across the U.S. Among rural counties, the average daily increase in COVID-19 mortality rates has been significantly higher in counties with the largest percentages of Black and Hispanic residents.

September 7, 2020

Many Older Americans Do Not Receive the Recommended Home Health Care After Hospitalization

Jun Li, Mingyu Qi, Rachel M. Werner

Only 54% of Medicare patients referred to home health care services following a hospitalization received home health care visits. Policymakers must address this discrepancy to ensure all patients receive the home health services they need.

September 2, 2020

Does Proximity to Fast Food Increase the Incidence of Childhood Obesity?

Amy Ellen Schwartz, Jeehee Han, Brian Elbel

Living near fast food has a greater impact on younger children who attend neighborhood schools. Proximity to fast food restaurants increases the probability of childhood obesity or overweight.

September 1, 2020

A Call to Revitalize Mental Health Wellness Practices for BIPOC College Students

Tyra Jean

Given the challenges faced by the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities within the U.S. this year, it is more important than ever to ensure BIPOC college students are provided with access to mental health care.

August 26, 2020

Health and Profit in Student Housing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Austin McNeill Brown

The decision to reopen some U.S. universities during the current COVID-19 pandemic may be tied to private financial interests in student housing.

August 12, 2020

The Collapse of Health Care: The Effects of COVID-19 on U.S. Community Health Centers

Ashley Van Slyke

The closure of community health centers is likely to have widespread detrimental impacts on the country’s public health and economy for years to come.

August 10, 2020

Conservative State Policies Damage U.S. Life Expectancy

Jennifer Karas Montez

Conservative state policies are killing Americans. U.S. life expectancy gains since 2010 would be 25% greater for women & 13% greater for men if state policies hadn’t become more conservative.

August 4, 2020

Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response

Lauryn Quick , Colleen Heflin

COVID-19 has created numerous challenges for Americans in their ability to meet their basic needs. One specific economic challenge is the ability to pay mortgage or rent.

August 3, 2020

Food Insufficiency During the Coronavirus Response

Lauryn Quick , Colleen Heflin

The coronavirus pandemic has created widespread economic disruption, exacerbating American household food insufficiency.

July 29, 2020

The Public Health Crisis of Law Enforcement’s Over-Use of Force

Mary E. Helander , Austin McNeill Brown

The overuse of police force has public health implications. The rates of injury and death sustained while in law enforcement custody should be collected as a part of the public health strategy to minimize the over-use of force.

July 27, 2020

The Influence of Military Service Experiences on Current and Daily Drinking

Andrew S. London, Janet M. Wilmoth, William J. Oliver, Jessica A. Hausauer

Non-combat and combat veterans without a PD or TBI are less likely than nonveterans to be daily drinkers.

July 23, 2020

“Right to Work” and Life or Death for Georgia Teachers

Austin McNeill Brown

Georgia is a “right to work” state, in which teachers can be fired or have their state license revoked if they strike or utilize collective bargaining. This leaves few legal options for teachers to challenge the state mandate to reopen without adequate preparation.

July 20, 2020

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