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The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) released a fact sheet entitled, “Fostering Health Families Through Stable Housing – The Role of the Health Care System.” This fact sheet considers how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, with examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.
View the full Stable Housing Fact Sheet online (PDF file): http://bit.ly/VQJksc
The Trust for America’s Health has released a new report entitled A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years. The report provides high-impact prevention recommendations in 10 public health areas.
- reversing the obesity epidemic
- preventing tobacco use and exposure
- encouraging healthy aging
- improving the health of low-income and minority communities
- strengthening healthy women, healthy babies
- reducing environmental health threats
- enhancing injury prevention
- preventing and controlling infectious diseases
- prioritizing health emergencies and bioterrorism preparedness
- fixing food safety
The report provides 15 real-world, community-based case studies of successful prevention initiatives. [Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
Access the report: http://bit.ly/12n7tMd
Carolyn Wong, Hannah Hosotani, and John Her analyze publicly available sources of data on Asian Americans in Massachusetts and recommend ways to improve this collection of data in a new report, Information on Small Populations with Significant Health Disparities: A Report on Data Collected on the Health of Asian Americans in Massachusetts. Recommendations include partnering with target communities to conduct local studies, collecting data from community-based clinics, promoting community participation, improving sampling of Asian Americans, improving intake worker training, promoting consistent sharable data, and providing better online documentation.
The full report is available online at http://bit.ly/XcU9Te
This article from Nursing2013 offers tools and resources for clinical care of sexual minorities. A clear understanding of each patient’s needs is critical for quality patient care. The article emphasizes the importance of knowing a patient’s sexual orientation and gender identity in order to provide comprehensive and sensitive nursing care. It reviews key issues that sexual minorities encounter in the healthcare setting and provides guidance on assessing GLBTQ patients.
Read the article here: http://bit.ly/11g0XXy
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued the policy statement, “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – United States, 2013,” published in the February 2013 Pediatrics (published online Jan. 28). The new schedule includes several changes, including a full redesign due to the complexity of the schedules and the need for additional space in the footnotes to clarify vaccine recommendations. The major vaccine schedule changes from last year include the administration of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to adolescents and adults during each pregnancy. This recommendation is in response to the increasing number of pertussis cases nationally. Because infants are most at-risk of contracting pertussis (whooping cough), before they can be immunized themselves, they are better protected from this potentially deadly disease if the mother receives the vaccine during each pregnancy. In addition, the pneumococcal vaccine footnote itemizes the medical conditions for administration of PCV13 in children ages 24 through 71 months and for use of PPSV23 in children 2 years of age and older, and the meningococcal footnote includes guidance for immunization of children 2 months through 10 years of age with high-risk conditions. These schedules have been approved by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
To see the full recommendation, follow this link: http://bit.ly/XQdLx1
Pediatricians are debuting guidelines for managing weight-related diabetes among youngsters. Children have long been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, in which the body fails to make enough insulin-producing cells to process glucose in the blood, but doctors are now seeing an increasing number of children with Type 2 diabetes, in which fat cells that enlarge with weight gain thwart the body’s ability to break down sugars. As pediatricians continue to encounter more children with diabetes, the American Academy of Pedicatrics decided there was a need for clear, consistent advice on how to treat these kids. The group’s first recommendation is to screen all obese children for diabetes. Next is to figure out what type of diabetes they have. The guidelines, which are the first of their kind for kids between 10 and 18, were developed in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For more on the new guidelines read the “Time” article here: http://ti.me/T6MGbZ
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine published a report entitled “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.” Based on the report, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins announced last week that the NIH is developing a plan “to extend and advance the knowledge base for promoting LGBT health.”
Statement from Dr. Collins: http://1.usa.gov/TGGvdr
IOM report: http://bit.ly/TXmaiX
Food prepared away from home (FAFH)—whether from table-service restaurants, fast-food establishments and other locations, or from a take-out or delivery meal eaten at home—is now a routine part of the diets of most Americans. Previous Economic Research Service (ERS) research found that FAFH tends to be lower in nutritional quality than food prepared at home (FAH), increases caloric intake, and reduces diet quality among adults and children. This study updates previous research by examining dietary guidance and the nutritional quality of FAH versus FAFH in 2005-08, compared with 1977-78. Poor diets contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other health conditions that impose a substantial economic burden on individuals and society. The increased popularity of FAFH is prompting new health promotion strategies, such as menu labeling, to address this challenge. The full report, “Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008,” is available at http://1.usa.gov/TNtL3G
Uninsurance Is Not Just a Minority Issue: White Americans Are a Large Share of the Growth from 2000 to 2010Friday, January 4th, 2013
This brief compares changes in health insurance coverage from 2000 to 2010 across nonelderly racial and ethnic groups. We find that employer-sponsored insurance deteriorated among all groups, with whites and blacks experiencing larger percentage point declines relative to Hispanics and Asians/other. The uninsured rate increased by four percentage points among whites and blacks, while remaining constant for the Hispanic and Asian/other populations as Medicaid/CHIP enrollment gains were large enough to offset ESI declines for these groups. These general patterns were found across all income groups, with more pronounced deterioration in coverage among those with income below 400 percent of FPL. The full report, “Uninsurance Is Not Just a Minority Issue: White Americans Are a Large Share of the Growth from 2000 to 2010,” is available at http://bit.ly/ZZUDUa