E-cigarette poisonings & more in the new edition of Public Health Law News

From the CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support: The new edition of Public Health Law News reprints an article from USA Today on the rise in reports of poisonings in children by e-cigarettes. Other stories include reports from the states on changes in public health laws and an interview with Chester Antone, … Continue reading E-cigarette poisonings & more in the new edition of Public Health Law News

For mothers-to-be, finding health care in a group

From the Fixes Blog at the New York Times: Recently in a nondescript conference room near Union Square in Manhattan, eight very pregnant women, husbands, boyfriends and a sister sat in a circle around a small patchwork quilt for two hours and talked about managing the discomforts of pregnancy. The remedies discussed ranged from the … Continue reading For mothers-to-be, finding health care in a group

Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new AHRQ study of 12 measures of outcomes following surgical procedures found that outcomes for patients from both high- and low-income geographic areas improved between 2000 and 2009. In fact, survival following two surgical procedures—coronary angioplasty and carotid endarterectomy—improved for both high- and low-income patients, … Continue reading Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

Making New York the healthiest state

From the Health Affairs Blog: In early December, the New York State Health Foundation and the New York State Department of Health cosponsored a summit focused on improving population health, with the title, “Making New York the Healthiest State: Achieving the Triple Aim.” We had hoped to convince a critical mass of health sector leaders to come together for … Continue reading Making New York the healthiest state

Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program

From the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter (13 December 2013): Research supported by AHRQ evaluated the usability of a computerized learning program to provide breastfeeding education to Hispanic women residing in rural areas. “An interactive, bilingual touch-screen program to promote breastfeeding among Hispanic rural women: usability study” was published online on November 7 by the Journal of … Continue reading Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program

Food and Nutrition Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight

New from the National Academies Press: Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine's Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention in June 2013 to examine income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention. Registered participants, along with … Continue reading Food and Nutrition Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight

Better care at lower cost: Is it possible?

From the Commonwealth Fund: Evidence continues to pour in that America's sky-high health care spending is not only unsustainable, it isn't making us any healthier either—especially compared with other advanced countries. But what are we to do about it? In Better Care at Lower Cost: Is It Possible?, we examine the sources of high costs in the … Continue reading Better care at lower cost: Is it possible?

Life expectancy approach for measuring disparities

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): As a new way to measure health care disparities, a new AHRQ study proposes analyzing health insurance status and medical need over a typical lifetime by ethnic group. This life expectancy approach can estimate the number of years that racial/ethnic groups are subject to “health insurance double jeopardy,” … Continue reading Life expectancy approach for measuring disparities

Health Literate Care Model

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): In 2012, Health Affairs published an article proposing a Health Literate Care Model that weaves health literacy strategies into the widely adopted Care Model (formerly known as the Chronic Care Model). The article describes how health care organizations can infuse health literacy into all aspects of … Continue reading Health Literate Care Model

Inequality at the core of high health care spending: A view from the OECD

From the Health Affairs blog: It is commonly said that the US spends more than twice as much on health care as other developed countries, yet its outcomes are worse. The inference is that too much care is provided, to no good end. Such international comparisons are drawn from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and … Continue reading Inequality at the core of high health care spending: A view from the OECD