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2013-03-20 15:49:32

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Weill Cornell researchers call for a clearer definition of 'population health,' asking whether ACOs are truly designed to improve it Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aim to control health care costs, enhance quality in health care and improve population health. But what does "improving population health" really mean? This is the question asked in a new viewpoint article by Weill...

2013-01-10 05:00:51

Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) to focus on supporting programs that reduce gun violence and promote accessible mental health services Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) January 09, 2013 PHFE, one of the largest public health focused fiscal sponsors in the US, is committed to identifying programs that can benefit from fiscal sponsorship and focus on the areas of reducing gun violence and promoting more universal access to mental health interventions and services. According to...

2012-10-22 10:32:44

In a commentary to appear in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Pediatrics, Barry Zuckerman, MD, the Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, discusses how by working together, lawyers and physicians potentially can close the gap in health disparities that persist even in universal health care coverage. While the relationship between poverty and poor health is complex, access to basic needs like adequate housing and nutrition, appropriate...

2012-07-18 10:16:45

A community-based nursing program delivered in collaboration with existing health care services is more effective in reducing the number of older people dying from chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, than usual care according to a study by US researchers published in this week's PLoS Medicine. The authors led by Kenneth Coburn from Health Quality Partners in Pennsylvania in the US, randomized 1736 eligible patients (aged 65 years and over with heart failure,...

2012-06-13 06:25:09

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the first anniversary of the historic National Prevention Strategy: America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness, the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) celebrates the Strategy for putting the country on a path toward improving the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100204/TFAHLOGO) Because of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS), which was developed by...

2012-04-24 06:26:16

Academic Health Centers Provide Critical Leadership and Investment in Knowledge, Expertise, and Infrastructure Essential to Population Health WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) confirmed the importance of AAHC's social determinants initiative at a recent meeting stating: <blockquote> The AAHC Board of Directors endorses AAHC's commitment to advancing the focus of our member institutions...

2012-04-10 12:23:01

The study —conducted at the University of Granada— has also demonstrated that having a high level of education and a job are also protective against diseases. The per capita income and per capita welfare of the region of residence are protective factors against diseases. People with a high socioeconomic level have been demonstrated to have better health than the rest of people. Other protective factors against chronic diseases are having higher education, having a job, and the...

2012-03-16 09:39:04

Research: Association between low functional health literacy and mortality in older adults: Longitudinal cohort study One in three older people who have difficulty reading and understanding basic health related information may be at increased risk of death, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. The findings have important implications given rising levels of long term conditions and the UK government's plans for patients to become responsible and active partners in their care....

2012-03-09 00:41:15

Socioeconomically deprived patients 16 percent more likely to die of heart attack The Canadian Journal of Cardiology has published a paper on the effect of socioeconomic factors on myocardial infarction outcomes. This study describes an analysis of the effect of socioeconomic class on outcomes after a first myocardial infarction ("heart attack"). The study analyzed detailed databases in Quebec and found that socioeconomic deprivation did not negatively affect access to the most advanced...

2012-02-07 12:05:59

School dropout: A major public health challenge: A 10 year prospective study on medical and non-medical social insurance benefits in young adulthood Teen school drop-outs are almost three times as likely to be on benefits in later life as their peers who complete their schooling, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The authors analyzed the self rated health of almost 9000 Norwegian 13 to 19 year olds, who were already taking part in...