Reports: Other Health

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 >

Hunger in America 2016
Feeding America, August 2016, 49 pp.
Findings from a survey of food programs in Feeding America's food assistance network and clients that accessed those services in 2012-2013. The study found an increased number of individuals relying on charitable assistance to access nutrition foods for their families.   more info >

Growing Up Healthy: 10 Years of Grant-Making An Initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota, July 2016, 42 pp.
This report summarizes the lessons learned from the Blue Cross Foundation’s Growing up Healthy ten-year program designed to work across sectors to create an environment to nurture the healthy growth and development of young children and families.   more info >

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents Aged 2–19 Years: United States, 1963–1965 Through 2013–2014
National Center for Health Statistics, July 2016, 6 pp.
Results from the 2013–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 17.2% of U.S. children and adolescents aged 2–19 years are obese and another 16.2% are overweight   more info >

Hispanic Children Least Likely to Have Health Insurance Citizenship, Ethnicity, and Language Barriers to Coverage
Carsey School of Public Policy, June 2016, 6 pp.
This policy brief examines health insurance coverage of Hispanic children and its relationship to their citizenship status, their parents’ citizenship status, parents’ insurance coverage, language spoken at home, and their state’s Medicaid expansion policies.   more info >

Chronic Conditions in Minnesota: New Estimates of Prevalence, Cost and Geographic Variation for Insured Minnesotans, 2012
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2016, 38 pp.
This study, based on an analysis of health care transactions in 2012 for 4.5 million Minnesotans, reports on the prevalence and average annual health care spending for residents with one or more chronic conditions. It concludes that strategies to combat the rise and burden of chronic diseases need to address opportunities both inside and outside the health care delivery system.   more info >

Later Retirement, Inequality in Old Age, and the Growing Gap in Longevity Between Rich and Poor
Brookings Institute, October 2015, 174 pp.
Explores the gap between lifetime Social Security benefits received by poor and less educated workers and the benefits received by high-income and well educated workers, which is widening in favor of higher income workers.   more info >

Healthy Corridor for All: A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Policy Link, December 2011, 48 pp.
Part of a project to understand the potential impacts of the proposed transit-oriented land use changed on the communities that live in the Central Corridor, this report includes an overview of the project, describes key findings, discusses impacts and identifies recommendations.   more info >

The High Quality of Life in Minnesota: Not Equally Shared by All
Minnesota Compass, December 2011, 2 pp.
In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful, but how well are we really doing? If you look at key statistics measuring our overall well-being, Minnesota ranks near the top in most categories. But dig a little deeper and you uncover glaring and persistent disparities.   more info >

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities (expanded version)
PolicyLink, July 2011, 84 pp.
Presents promising programs and policies that work to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities.  Includes case studies.   more info >

Dakota County Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Dakota County Public Health Department was interested in developing strategies to provide effective health information materials to parents and caregivers of young children. Wilder Research staff conducted focus groups with parents and caregivers of young children to learn about key factors in childhood obesity prevention strategies, including eating healthy foods and developing healthy mealtime and exercise habits, communication preferences, and parent perceptions of childhood obesity.   more info >

Rural Grocery Stores: Ownership Models that work for Rural Communities
Center for Rural Affairs, October 2010, 10 pp.
This brief examines some common ownership models used by individuals and communities to address the need for local grocery stores in rural communities, provides examples of such models and analyzes how the models address the challenges facing rural grocery stores.   more info >

Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges
Center for Rural Affairs, October 2010, 7 pp.
This brief examines trends regarding rural grocery stores, reasons why rural communities are losing grocery stores, and some of the personal and community implications when a community lacks a grocery store.   more info >

Homegrown Minneapolis: Final report presented to the Health, Energy and Environment Committee of the Minneapolis City Council
Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, June 2009, 44 pp.
Presents recommendations for the City of Minneapolis to support and expand the local food system. Recommendations are organized into the following categories: Policy, Systems/Tools/Education, Green Jobs, Land Use and Development, and Communications.   more info >

Toward an injury-free and violence-free Minnesota: A Working plan for 2010
Minnesota Department of Health, May 2008, 112 pp.
Injuries and violence are leading causes of death and significantly impact health care spending.  This report considers strategies to reduce and prevent injuries and violence in MInnesota.   more info >

Framing the issues: the positive impacts of affordable housing on health
The Center for Housing Policy, July 2007, 34 pp.
This report focuses on the ways in which the production, rehabilitation or other provision of affordable housing leads to stronger health outcomes for residents.   more info >

The Imperatives of reducing health disparities through prevention: Challenges, implications, and opportunities OCTOBER 2006
Prevention Institute, October 2006, 36 pp.
This paper focuses on key community factors that can play a pivotal role in reducing health disparities. It identifies strategies and emerging approaches to improving those factors in communities.   more info >

Demographic change and the life circumstances of immigrant families
The Future of Children, July 2004, 31 pp.
A description of the major demographic shifts over the past half-century including statistics reflecting the circumstances of the nation's children across various racial/ethnic groups.   more info >

Web sites

The Commonwealth Fund
Research focusing on health care.   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 >

CDC Adolescent and School Health
Information, data, and statistics on youth health topics.   more info >

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Links to CDC resources, public health associations, state health departments, and more.   more info >

Minnesota County Health Tables
Compilation of public health data for Minnesota and its 87 counties. The County Tables are published yearly starting in 2002.   more info >

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Includes information, reports, news, and statistics on substance abuse and mental health issues.   more info >

Kaiser Family Foundation
A nonprofit, private operating foundation that focuses on health care issues. Research topics include racial disparities, health insurance, Medicaid, state health policy, and more.   more info >

National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center
A source of national and state health data.   more info >

Minnesota Milestones 2011
This site uses 60 progress indicators to determine whether the state of Minnesota is achieving 19 publicly determined goals. The goals are grouped in four broad areas: People, Community and Democracy, Economy and Environment.   more info >

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