2014 State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014, 236 pp.
Presents the National Urban League's 2014 Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. more info >
Allina Health Neighborhood Health Connection
Wilder Research, March 2014, 85 pp.
The Neighborhood Health Connection program is an Allina Health initiative to increase social connections and healthy behaviors across the state. The evaluation looked at the impact of the program on grantees and participants. more info >
Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature
Minnesota Department of Health, February 2014, 130 pp.
An overview of Minnesota's health disparities, discussion about the inequitable conditions that produce disparities, and recommendations to advance health equity in Minnesota. Conversations and surveys were conducted with Minnesotans to get their input. more info >
Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014, 120 pp.
Explores ways to improve the health of Americans by focusing on experiences in early childhood, opportunities that communities provide for people to make health choices, and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions. more info >
Elderly Immigrants in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, October 2013, 9 pp.
Profile of immigrants who are older adults: demographic trends, economic circumstances, living arrangements, and health. more info >
Evidence Matters: Aging in Place
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, September 2013, 32 pp.
This edition of HUD's Evidence Matters publication focuses on aging in place. It includes articles on the trends underpinning the issue and looks at programs and policies for older adults that are accommodating a shift away from institutional living and toward aging in place with supports. Also includes articles that look at efforts to measure health cost savings and examples of community-centered solutions for aging at home. more info >
Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , June 2013, 477 pp.
The purpose of this report is to provide tobacco control programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with state-specific valid and reliable data about the high-impact strategies they are currently or could be implementing and measures to track their progress. more info >
Act on Alzheimer's: Pilot Communities' Use of the Dementia-Capable Communities Toolkit
Greater Twin Cities United Way, June 2013, 44 pp.
ACT on Alzheimer's is a statewide collaboration seeking to address the personal, social, medical, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. This report discusses the experiences of four pilot communities using the Dementia Capable Community Toolkit. more info >
Caregivers to Older Adults
Wilder Research, June 2013, 58 pp.
A study of informal caregivers in the Twin Cities to learn what kinds of support and services caregivers find most helpful and to identify ways in which caregivers might be better served through available resources. more info >
State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2013, 16 pp.
Provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental support within each state. 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 >
Profile of older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2013, 17 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually. more info >
Health Issues for the State of North Dakota: Second Biennial Report
UND School of Medicine, December 2012, 139 pp.
An assessment of the state of health of North Dakotans and their health care delivery system along with an analysis of steps that need to be taken to ensure that all North Dakotans have access to high-quality health care at an affordable cost. 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 >
Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years. 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 >
A tightening squeeze: The declining expenditures on food by American households
Food Research and Action Center, December 2011, 6 pp.
This analysis shows a drop in food spending by the average U.S. household over the past decade.The report reveals a disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic households. more info >
Valuing the invaluable: 2011 update: The growing contributions and costs of family caregiving
AARP Public Policy Institute, November 2011, 28 pp.
This report updates national and individual state estimates of the economic value of family care using the most current available data. The estimated economic value of family caregivers’ unpaid contributions toward the care of adults with limitations in daily activities was approximately $450 billion in 2009, up from an estimated $375 billion in 2007. more info >
Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
AARP, September 2011, 108 pp.
Measures state-level performance of long-term services. more info >
Hennepin County SHAPE Surveys
Hennepin County Community Health Department, Bloomington Division of Public Health, May 2011, 30 pp.
SHAPE is a periodic health surveillance and assessment survey of children and adults in Hennepin County. more info >
Healthy People 2010: North Dakota Final Report
North Dakota Department of Health, February 2011, 108 pp.
Summarizes progress made on 137 different health objectives in 17 focus areas for the state of North Dakota. Each focus area describes the goal and presents available for and progress made during the previous 10 years. more info >
Voices of 50+ America: Dreams & Challenges
AARP, February 2011, 20 pp.
Results from surveys of Americans age 50+ that asked about their dreams and challenges for the future. Reports are available for each state. more info >
Love of car: Transportation as we age
Minnesota Gerontological Society, January 2011
A video and supplemental material that features solutions to the driving cessation and community mobility issues facing older adults. more info >
Social connectedness: Evaluating the Healthy People 2020 Framework: The Minnesota Project
Minnesota Department of Health, July 2010, 120 pp.
Explores the issue of social connectedness as part of the social determinants of health. Includes knowledge gained from 22 key informant interviews and suggests what can be done to strengthen social connectedness. more info >
Creating a better state of health: The Statewide Health Improvement Program
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2010, 126 pp.
Reports on progress made during the first six months of funding for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), including program development, early results from communities, and options for future funding. SHIP aims to improve the health of Minnesotans and contain ever-increasing health care costs by reducing tobacco use and exposure and obesity through evidence-based policy, systems and environmental change strategies. more info >
Healthy, equitable transportation policy: Recommendations and research
PolicyLink, September 2009, 188 pp.
An edited volume of chapters exploring the intersection of transportation, equity, and health. It discusses the health effects of various transportation choices; the link between transportation, economic development and health; traffic injury prevention; and policy solutions. more info >
An Aging World: 2008
U.S. Census Bureau, June 2009, 204 pp.
Examines the challenges and global implications presented by the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate. This report looks at past, current, and projected numbers, proportions, and growth rates of older populations and summarizes socioeconomic statistics for both developed and developing nations. more info >
Final report: Aging services policy review group
Citizens League, May 2009, 9 pp.
Participants of the Aging Services Policy Review Group reviewed Citizens League policy reports relevant to aging services and developed recommendations for Citizens League initiatives. more info >
Beyond health care: New directions to a healthier America
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, April 2009, 126 pp.
Recommendations from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commission for how to improve America's health across many sectors. It includes a community health assessment guide to help a community set priorities and develop strategies for improving the health of residents while reducing disparities in health status. more info >
Walkability: Albert Lea
Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, March 2009, 55 pp.
This "walkability audit" was prepared as part of the Blue Zones City Health Makeover/AARP project in Albert Lea. It provides results of feedback from community members and recommendations that Albert Lea could implement to improve walkability. Includes a "walkable and bicycle friendly checklist" and "healthy development checklist." more info >
What will keep family caregivers caring? Policy alternatives for Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services, March 2009, 5 pp.
Summarizes the increasing demand for family caregivers to assist older adults in maintaining their quality of life. Presents policy alternatives in three areas -- caregiver support services, caregiver financial support, and working caregiver support. more info >
Active Start: Replication report
Los Angeles City Department of Aging, The OASIS Institute, February 2009, 38 pp.
Evidence-based program that addresses the barriers sedentary individuals face when they initiate regular physical activity. more info >
State budgets and older adult services: 2009 Minnesota survey
AARP, January 2009, 18 pp.
Results of a survey designed to explore the views of Minnesota voters about the state budget. Topics include the view of respondents about the importance of services provided by the state and what they are willing to pay in increased taxes to maintain state services. Includes the results of specific questions about long-term care costs and services. more info >
Southeast Minnesota Needs Assessment: A Profile of the Characteristics and Service Needs of the Region's Residents
Wilder Research, December 2008, 78 pp.
Findings from an assessment of the needs of low-income residents in an 11-county region served by three community agencies. Surveys were completed in 2005 and 2008. more info >
2008 AARP North Dakota Member Survey
AARP North Dakota, December 2008, 20 pp.
A survey of AARP North Dakota members asked about views on long-term and in-home care, transportation, taxes, and personal concerns. more info >
North Dakota: Burden of chronic diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2008, 2 pp.
Compares rates of disease, risk factors and causes of death in North Dakota to national statistics. more info >
Evaluation of the AARP Red Hat Society Step and Stride with Ruby: A year-long walking program
AARP, July 2008, 91 pp.
Evaluation of a year-long walking program that supports the notion that a program with intact social groups can increase the likelihood of individuals remaining in an exercise program over an extended period of time. more info >
Healthy moves: Replication report
Partners in Care Foundation, September 2007, 26 pp.
Exercise program to encourage frail, low-income, and diverse older adults to adopt a more active lifestyle. more info >
Healthy Ideas: Replication report
Care for Elders, August 2007, 30 pp.
An evidence-based program designed to detect depression and reduce the severity of depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older adults. more info >
Medication Management Improvement System: Replication report
Partners in Care Foundation, July 2007, 34 pp.
A collaborative approach to indentifying, assessing, and resolving medication problems in community-dwelling older adults. more info >
Harvest Health: Replication report
National Council on Aging, May 2007, 28 pp.
Program for people with chronic conditions that empowers them to assume an active role in their own healthcare, enhance their daily functioning, and improve their quality of life. This is an adaptation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for the African-American community. more info >
The health benefits of volunteering: A review of recent research
Corporation for National & Community Service, April 2007, 20 pp.
Studies showing that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health. more info >
Growing older in America: The Health & Retirement Study
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2007, 108 pp.
A national sample of adults over 50 were interviewed to gather information about their physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning. more info >
North Dakota Real Choice Rebalancing Grant: A Summary of Studies & Reports Related to North Dakota's Aging Population and People with Disabilities
North Dakota Department of Human Services, January 2007, 22 pp.
A summary of information about continuum of care services in North Dakota. more info >
A Matter of Balance: Replication report
Partnership for Healthy Aging, December 2006, 28 pp.
The Matter of Balance program is designed to reduce an older adult's fear of falling while increasing activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. more info >
Enhance Fitness: Replication report
Senior Services, University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center, December 2006, 22 pp.
A multi-component group exercise program designed for community-based organizations and intended to promote physical activity among older adults. more info >
Partners on the PATH: Replication report
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, December 2006, 31 pp.
Program that helps older adults with chronic conditions gain more control of their health and increase their confidence in dealing with the challenges of living with a chronic disease. more info >
Populations of color in Minnesota: Health status report
Minnesota Department of Health, November 2006, 14 pp.
An annual update of the health status of populations of color in Minnesota. Data include: birth-related health indicators; death rates and cause of death; cancer incidence; and health insurance rates. more info >
New vision of aging: Helping older adults make healthier choices
Center for the Advancement of Health, March 2006, 49 pp.
Provides a review of why prevention is important for older adults, interventions that work, and recommendations for federal action. Key topics include self-management, physical activity, falls prevention, and dietary habits. more info >
Guide to community prevention service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2005, 2 pp.
Evidence based recommendations for improving the use of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. more info >
Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide
AARP, January 2005, 162 pp.
Guide to help community members assess the capacity of their community to meet the needs of older adults. Provides guidance on conducting a community survey to measure community livability, includes innovative ideas and success stories from communities throughout the U.S., and suggests additional resources. Topics include transportation, safety, housing, health services, and more. more info >
Our health and the health of the environment: How are they connected? What can we do to improve both?
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, September 2004, 19 pp.
Explains the links between chronic illness, toxic chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. Provides examples of legislative and corporate policies aimed at improving our health and the health of the environment. more info >
Elderly nutrition: Special issue of the Family Economics and Nutrition Review
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, January 2003, 15 pp.
This special journal issue includes results of two nutrition progams for older adults: "The influence of the Healthy Eating for Life Program on eating behaviors of nonmetropolitan congregate meal participants" (p. 15) and "A statewide educational intervention to improve older Americans' nutrition and physical activity" (p. 47). more info >
Dementia caregiver intervention research: In search of clinical significance
The Gerontological Society of America, October 2002, 13 pp.
Reviews dementia caregiving interventions and their outcomes. more info >
Chronic Disease Self-Managment Program
Stanford School of Medicine, January 1996, 3 pp.
Evidence-based program used in community settings to give people the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives. more info >
County Health Rankings and Roadmap
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 >