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Georgia Health Policy Center of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies;
A focus on the effort of the "A+ Education Reform Act of 2000" (A+) to augment funding for school health personnel. Prior to implementation of this Act, Georgia lagged behind the rest of the country as one of very few states that did not directly fund school nurses or require health personnel in schools.
Chicago Community Trust;
This Plan for Health is an unusual undertaking in two respects. It is part of the Go To 2040 regional master plan along with other human services components that have, historically, been outside the purview of planners, who are usually more concerned with issues such as land use, transportation, and solid waste disposal. And the planning horizon covers three decades, providing a rare opportunity for health planners to engage in truly long range planning.
Health is more than medical care: a variety of factors determine the health of individuals and a community. These "underlying determinants" include demographic composition, income and poverty, employment, social status, cultural beliefs and practices, level of educational attainment, environmental conditions, genetics, individual behaviors, and public health measures, in addition to the quality and utilization of health care services.
Most planning efforts, which attempt to affect community health, deal only with public health and medical services delivery, even though the other factors are known to have a greater influence on community and individual health.
This plan approaches the challenge differently; it focuses on the underlying determinants of health and moves beyond the narrower focus that health planners and public health officials traditionally take. This report identifies the connections that education, land use, transportation, food and hunger, civic engagement, workforce, and the economy have with health, and it focuses on strategies and interventions that can be pursued in these sectors to improve health throughout this region.
Outlines the issues involved in incentives to standardize and make "meaningful use" of electronic health records as stated in the 2010 healthcare reform, implementation costs, and effect on innovation.
Explores how the 2010 healthcare reform provisions exempting existing health plans from certain required changes will affect consumers, insurers, and employers. Examines restrictions, remaining issues, and trade-offs and concerns for each stakeholder.
Outlines the debate over creating a public plan to provide affordable, high-quality health insurance for the uninsured. Compares the House and Senate provisions for eligibility and subsidies, provider payments, and operations. Considers remaining issues.
Summarizes states' options in choosing benchmarks for essential health benefits covered in the ten categories required of individual and small group insurance plans under federal healthcare reform, such as hospitalization and maternity and neonatal care.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation;
Describes how one county's nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors formed a collaborative network to improve safety-net services for the uninsured and underinsured. Outlines needed components, benchmarks, lessons learned, challenges, and resources.
Pew Hispanic Center;
Compares the insurance status, usual healthcare provider, reasons for not having a usual provider, health status, and healthcare experiences of Latinos/Hispanics who are not citizens or legal permanent residents with those of Latinos/Hispanics who are.
Center for Studying Health System Change;
Examines from a community-based perspective the scope of the shortages in the public health workforce; contributing factors such as inadequate funding, salaries, and benefits; and strategies for training, recruiting, and retaining public health workers.
Examines the divide in the U.S. labor market between higher wage earners with health insurance, and lower wage earners who often lack coverage and access to essential health care.
Tens of millions of Americans experience barriers to accessing appropriate health care, and many more face inequitable, lower-quality care that carries a heavy human and economic toll. Inequality in health care affects all Americans, both directly and indirectly, as inadequate health care limits opportunity for those who face health challenges and weakens their ability to participate in the economic and social life of the nation.
American Enterprise Institute;
Many experts today insist that bias in the doctor's office will lead to poorer treatment of minority patients. A new monograph by Jonathan Klick of Florida State University and AEI's Sally Satel, The Health Disparities Myth: Diagnosing the Treatment Gap (AEI Press, 2006) found no evidence to support the idea that racially biased doctors are a cause of poor minority health.