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Full-Time Employment Not Always a Ticket to Health Insurance
Carsey Institute, March 2018, 6 pp.
Employment does not necessarily lead to health coverage for lower-income workers in the same way it typically does for higher income workers. This brief documents differences in health insurance coverage by workers’ income, and explores who is eligible for an employer-based plan, who enrolls in those plans, and the reasons why workers choose not to enroll. more info >
Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates
Urban Institute, December 2017, 44 pp.
Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this brief finds that relatively few children ages 3 and younger were uninsured in 2015 nationally and in most states, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with increased coverage among both young children and their parents. However, 13.2 percent of the parents of young children were uninsured, higher than among parents of older children. Furthermore, nearly half of children ages 3 and younger--and over a fifth of their parents--were covered by Medicaid/CHIP in 2015; therefore, Medicaid/CHIP policy changes would have outsize effects on these families. more info >
Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July 2017, 31 pp.
This report documents the strong correlation between food security status and chronic health conditions among working age adults living at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line. more info >
America's Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017
United Health Foundation, May 2017, 140 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. This year's report notes, among other things, national improvements in several clinical care measures and challenges in community & environment measures related to nutrition and access to healthy foods. more info >
Twin Cities Mobile Market
Wilder Research, May 2017
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, is a grocery store on wheels developed to increase access to healthy, affordable foods in under-resourced neighborhoods. The evaluation measures the implementation and success of the program. more info >
2016 Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs
Minnesota Community Measurement, March 2017, 231 pp.
Presents Minnesota statewide and medical group rates of performance on ten quality measures for patients in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP). It also includes differences in rates of care provided by medical groups between patients insured through MHCP and those insured through other forms of health care insurance, such as commercial or Medicare-managed care. more info >
Minnesotans with Disabilities: Demographic and Economic Characteristics
Minnesota State Demographic Center, March 2017, 21 pp.
Across Minnesota, about 593,700 persons (roughly 10.9% of the population) have one or more disabilities. This brief provides a primer about persons with disabilities in Minnesota, to better understand their demographic characteristics and experiences. more info >
Active Living for All
Wilder Research, March 2017
Active Living for All (ALfA) is an initiative funded by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Wilder Research worked with initiative grantees to evaluate their work in promoting active living in their communities. more info >
2016 Health Equity of Care Report: Stratification of Health Care Performance Results in Minnesota by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity, Preferred Language and Country of Origin
MN Community Measurement, February 2017, 294 pp.
This report deepens understanding of health care disparities in Minnesota with results segmented by race and Hispanic ethnicity and comparable medical group reporting of seven quality measures. more info >
Minnesota Veterans Behavioral Health Needs Assessment
Wilder Research, February 2017
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a behavioral health needs assessment of Veterans in Minnesota. This assessment set out to identify the mental and behavioral health needs of Minnesota Veterans, the existing mental and behavioral health resources available to them, and the opportunities to address any unmet mental or behavioral health needs of this population. more info >
Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, January 2017, 16 pp.
This chartbook looks at the health status of rural and urban children from 2003–2012. Due principally to expansions in Medicaid eligibility, the national proportion of children who lacked health insurance declined during that time. The chartbook focuses on the demographics of rural children, their financial access to care, reported use of care, and parentally-reported health status. more info >
Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health - Final Report 2016
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2016, 83 pp.
The Task Force on Mental Health was established to develop comprehensive recommendations for improving Minnesota’s mental health system. The task force concluded that Minnesota’s mental health system provides effective services that can assist people in their recovery from mental illnesses, but it is not yet a comprehensive continuum of care that promotes wellness, prevents mental illnesses where possible, and supports Minnesotans with mental illnesses to pursue recovery in their communities. This report presents nine recommendations for transforming Minnesota's mental health system into a comprehensive continuum of care. more info >
Minnesota Hospital Association Mental and Behavioral Health Data Collection Pilot
Wilder Research, Minnesota Hospital Association, August 2016, 19 pp.
To better understand how often and why Minnesotans are unable to access mental health care in the most appropriate settings, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) commissioned a pilot study to track the number of "potentially avoidable days" mental and behavioral health patients spend admitted to inpatient hospital units. more info >
Somali Mental Health Project Findings and Recommendations
Minnesota Department of Health, May 2016, 4 pp.
This brief describes the results of community dialogues about mental health attitudes, knowledge, perceptions, and gaps in services with Somali community members and service providers in Minnesota. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Healthy Food Access: A View of the Landscape in Minnesota and Lessons Learned From Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Wilder Research, April 2016, 54 pp.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment. more info >
The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually. more info >
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, this website focuses on specific factors that affect health, such as education and income. The County Health Rankings address what is making people sick or healthy, while the roadmaps show what can be done to create healthier places to live. more info >
Substance Use in Minnesota: A Minnesota State Epidemiological Profile
An interactive website that looks at consumption patterns and consequences related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in Minnesota. more info >
Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. more info >
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Searchable database of interventions designed to promote mental health or prevent or treat mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders. more info >
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Presents state and national data on children's health. Indicators include: overall health status, asthma, socio-emotional difficulties, preventive health and dental care, early childhood experience, repetition of grade, reading, and attending religious services. more info >