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Findings and recommendations of the rapid health impact assessment of school integration strategies in Minnesota
Human Impact Partners, ISAIAH, April 2013, 67 pp.
An evaluation of the projected health effects of a Minnesota Bill that addresses racial integration in Minnesota schools. Includes a review of the history of school integration and segregation in Minnesota, the impact of school integration on educational achievement, health, equity, and cross-racial connection. more info >
Children in the states factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, April 2013
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk. more info >
Health and Health Care in Minnesota Public Opinion Poll
Wilder Research, February 2013, 6 pp.
Statewide survey conducted for the Bush Foundation as part of the Citizen Solutions project. The survey asked about health, the health care system, and policy. more info >
America's children and the environment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, January 2013, 504 pp.
Presents national data on children's environmental health. Indicators cover conditions in the environment such as air pollution, contaminants measured in children such as blood lead levels, and health conditions such as asthma. more info >
Mental health disorders, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 10 pp.
Focuses on mental health disorders in adolescence. Includes prevalence rates, consequences and risk of mental disorders, treatment options, and barriers to accessing mental health care. more info >
Access to mental health care, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 5 pp.
Focuses on access to mental health care for adolescents. The report describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services. more info >
Positive mental health: Resilience, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses resilience in adolescence, including the characteristics that are associated with resilience, program strategies that promote resilience, and resources on the topic. more info >
Roadmap to a healthier Minnesota: Recommendations of the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force
Health Reform Minnesota, December 2012, 48 pp.
Describes eight related strategies to improve health and make health care affordable in Minnesota. more info >
Older Americans: Key indicators of well-being
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, October 2012, 200 pp.
Biennial report that provides a comprehensive picture of older adults' health and well-being in the United States. It uses data from over a dozen national data sources to construct five broad indicators of well-being for older adults (population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care) and to monitor changes in these indicators over time. more info >
Home alone: Family caregivers providing complex chronic care
AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2012, 50 pp.
The role of family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include performing medical/nursing tasks of the kind and complexity once provided only in hospitals. The key findings outlined in this report focus on the medical/nursing tasks that family caregivers performed and the general lack of training and support they received. more info >
Healthy Minnesota 2020:Statewide health improvement framework
Healthy Minnesota Partnership; Minnesota Department of Health, August 2012, 26 pp.
Healthy Minnesota 2020 is a framework for creating and improving health throughout the state of Minnesota, based on the statewide health assessment, The Health of Minnesota. It features themes that reflect the importance of social and economic determinants for health and identifies core indicators to monitor and provides examples of a range of strategies that relate to each of the themes. more info >
Public conversations and public solutions: Making health and health care better in Minnesota
Citizens League, August 2012, 25 pp.
Presents results from community forums about health care. Minnesotans were asked about their values and ideas for improving health and the health care system. more info >
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2012, 162 pp.
National survey that monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults (grades 9-12). The study addresses violence, tobacco and drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. Includes state-by-state comparisons. more info >
Health inequities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, May 2012, 56 pp.
Commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, this study examines the economic and social factors that influence health outcomes in the Twin Cities region, and finds that neighborhood, income, education, and race all matter. Opportunities and challenges in reducing health inequities are also discussed. The original study looked at 2000 census data; it was updated in 2012 using 2010 census data or the most recent data available. The update also includes a supplement on three “upstream” factors that contribute to health inequities: access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity and social connectedness. more info >
Social connectedness and health: A resource for the Connect for Health Challenge
Wilder Research, March 2012, 8 pp.
This summary piece includes key measures of social connectedness in Minnesota, including its influence on health outcomes. Suggestions for ways that communities can promote greater levels of social connectedness are also introduced. more info >
National healthcare disparities report 2011
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2012, 248 pp.
Reports on trends in health care quality and access and reducing health care disparities, and presents novel strategies for improving quality and reducing disparities. more info >
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity, Pediatrics
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010, 12 pp.
Looks at racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity. more info >
Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2006, 108 pp.
Provides tools to mount a mental health stigma and discrimination reduction initiative. more info >
State estimates of substance use and mental health
Data on drug, alcohol, and cigarette use, and mental health for people age 12-17, 18-25, and 26 and older for Minnesota, other states, and the United States. 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 >