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The Infosphere as a SDOH: Leveraging Providers’ Influence to Counter Vaccine Misinformation

By Luke Testa, Program Assistant, The Harvard Global Health Institute In 2018, a short video circulated on WhatsApp claiming that the MMR vaccine was designed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the population growth of Muslims. Subsequently, hundreds of madrassas across western Uttar Pradesh refused to allow health departments to vaccinate their constituents.

Unemployment Insurance Can Help Reduce Food Insecurity, the More Generous the Better

By Cecille Joan Avila, policy analyst at Boston University School of Public Health. She tweets at @cecilleavila. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, more than 54 million Americans have lost jobs. Because of this loss in wages, two times as many Americans became susceptible to food insecurity, defined by the US

Texans’ Public Opinions on Social Determinants of Health

A first-ever Texas public opinion survey on social determinants of health (SDOH) has revealed that Texans largely agree on many issues regarding the significance of the impact of non-medical factors on human health. Recognizing the increasing awareness that social factors impact people’s well-being, the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) surveyed a representative sample of 1,200 adults

We know paid family leave saves infant lives — so when will policymakers catch up?

This post originally appeared on The Center for Health Journalism here. By Diana Montoya-Williams December 14, 2020 During a pandemic that has overwhelmed many intensive care units, those that serve our youngest infants have so far been spared from a surge of COVID-19 patients. This is in part due to the apparent low risk of mother-to-baby transmission of

Permanent Supportive Housing: An Effective Intervention for Chronically Homeless People

Homelessness is associated with high utilization of acute health care services. Among those who are homeless, a small proportion of individuals make up a large percentage of service use and likely face the most significant barriers to securing housing. For homelessness assistance services, engagement and retention in housing are critical priorities. New research from UC

A Survey of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes at State, Tribal, and County Levels

This post originally appeared on The Incidental Economist here. Allison R. Kolbe, Ph.D. is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Sean A. Klein, Ph.D. is a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of

Moving Towards Equity: New Knowledge on Drivers of Health Webinar Series

On October 21st and 28th, authors from six articles featured in the Drivers of Health Health Services Research theme issue participated in a two-part webinar series to share key insights from their research. Authors discussed the significance of their findings as well as implications for social/health care system interventions. Key themes in the webinars included

How leading programs to address SDoH are pivoting in response to COVID – and what they’ve learned

By Alexandra Schweitzer The COVID pandemic changed the landscape of the social needs that drive health overnight. Millions of people lost their jobs; millions of people were ordered to stay home. People lost access to food for themselves and their families because they couldn’t afford it, or they couldn’t get to a grocery store. Miles

Want to Prevent Suicides? Understand Its Causes

By Farrokh Alemi, Professor of Informatics, George Mason University Suicide prevention is getting a bad rap. Many are frustrated by its lack of effectiveness. It seems effective in some countries and for males, but in the United States, flagship programs such as the Veteran Affairs Suicide Prevention program have been accompanied with increased suicides and

Released: Health Services Research (HSR) 2020 Theme Issue on Drivers of Health

The Health Services Research (HSR) 2020 Theme Issue on Drivers of Health has been released! This open-access issue includes fourteen cutting-edge, peer-reviewed articles that illuminate social determinants of health and social/health care system interventions that promote wellbeing.