Reports: Health care

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 >

Minnesota Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region.   more info >

Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years.   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 >

Fourth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota
, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, December 2016, 174 pp.
Provides a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state of North Dakota.   more info >

Creating a Dementia Capable Health Care Home - An Evaluation of an Essentia Health Initiative
Wilder Research, June 2016, 29 pp.
Essentia Health received a grant to design and implement new strategies for a dementia capable health care home model. Wilder Research conducted an evaluation of the Dementia Capable Health Care Home Project.   more info >

North Dakota Behaviorial Health Assessment: Gaps and Recommendations
North Dakota Department of Human Services, June 2016, 30 pp.
This assessment identifies recommendations to enhance the foundation of the state’s behavioral health system, with the goal of supporting North Dakota’s children, adults, families and communities in health and wellness. It identifies global recommendations designed to support further enhancements to the state’s behavioral health system.   more info >

Hennepin County SHAPE Surveys
Hennepin County Community Health Department, Bloomington Division of Public Health, April 2016, 30 pp.
SHAPE is a periodic health surveillance and assessment survey of children and adults in Hennepin County.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 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 >

Outcome Evaluation of Zumbro Valley Health Center Primary Care Service
Wilder Research, January 2016, 33 pp.
Zumbro Valley Health Center provides behavioral health and substance use disorder services to residents of Olmsted, Fillmore, and surrounding counties in Minnesota. Wilder Research estimated the economic benefits of integrating primary care and behavioral health services.   more info >

Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, October 2015
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 >

Community Needs Assessment for Ramsey and Washington Counties
Wilder Research, October 2015, 37 pp.
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties focuses on bringing together resources to reduce poverty. A community needs assessment was conducted in 2012 and 2015 with low-income residents. The survey asked about employment, housing, education, health, and other family needs and included questions about Community Action services. The reports also present poverty data for Ramsey and Washington counties.   more info >

Minnesota's Health Care Performance Scorecard: Putting the State's Health Care System in National Perspective
Minnesota Business Partnership, January 2015
The Performance Scorecard evaluates the health care system in Minnesota relative to other states and the nation as a whole.   more info >

Access to Rural Health Care: A Literature Review and New Synthesis
Rural Policy Research Institute, August 2014, 25 pp.
In the vision of a high performance rural health care system, it is essential to understand the concept of access and, most importantly, to understand how to assess rural health system performance and policy proposals regarding access to health care services. This paper will describe why access to health care services is important to the national experience and propose a new synthesis of access characteristics.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Early Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota
State Health Access Data Assistance Center, June 2014, 12 pp.
Looks at the shifts in health insurance coverage that have taken place in Minnesota since the fall of 2013.   more info >

Health Insurance Coverage Status for Children in North Dakota
Kids Count North Dakota, June 2014, 4 pp.
Health insurance coverage statistics for children in North Dakota.   more info >

Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund, May 2014, 56 pp.
Assesses states on 42 indicators of health care access, quality, costs and outcomes from 2007 through 2012. Report, data tables, and state-by-state profiles are all available.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's 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. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   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 >

North Dakota's Significant Health Needs as Identified by Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Results for Rural Critical Access Hospitals
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, January 2014, 2 pp.
Summarizes results of a Community Health Needs Assessments for North Dakota's rural hospitals.   more info >

Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective
National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014, 8 pp.
Explores selected family demographic characteristics and their association with financial burdens of medical care.   more info >

Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, September 2013, 52 pp.
This report present results of a systematic review of needs collected from 21 CHNAs to compose a macro understanding of community health needs in rural North Dakota. It shows that the Tier 1 needs occurring most frequently are: limited number of health care providers, higher costs of health care for consumers, financial viability of hospitals, mental health, and elevated rates of adult obesity.   more info >

Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities
Wilder Research and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, June 2013, 24 pp.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America focuses on collaboration between the health sector and other sectors. These reports are based on a nationwide survey to identify cross sector work and learn about collaborative action to improve the health of communities.   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 >

Spotlight on the Past and Looking Forward to the Future of Nursing in North Dakota
North Dakota Center for Nursing Research, January 2013, 40 pp.
Findings from the North Dakota Nursing Needs Study, which looks at the supply and demand for nurses. Also discusses the North Dakota Center for Nursing and its work to ensure a healthy future supply of nurses.   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 >

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 >

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 >

Implementing national health reform: A five part strategy for reaching the eligible uninsured
Urban Institute, May 2011, 13 pp.
This report looks at strategies to reach health coverage program enrollment goals, including: using reliable data to identify eligible consumers, qualify them for assistance and enroll them into coverage; partnering with states; and coordinating between agencies.   more info >

Beyond the Bottom Line: Ideas for the Future of Public Investment in Minnesota
March 2011, 53 pp.
Presents 16 ideas that could help Minnesota leaders redesign public services to maximize impact while saving money. This is a follow-up report to Bridges to a Better Bottom Line.   more info >

The long run has become the short run: Budget implications of demographic change
Minnesota State Demographic Center, February 2011, 26 pp.
Examines the effect of an aging population on the state budget between 2011 and 2020.   more info >

Health insurance coverage in Minnesota, Updated results from 2009
Minnesota Department of Health, January 2011, 7 pp.
Results from a statewide survey to study trends in health insurance coverage. Includes an analysis of characteristics of those not insured.   more info >

Rate review: Spotlight on state efforts to make health insurance more affordable
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2010, 44 pp.
Reviews the standards and tools that states have and use to evaluate proposed health insurance premium increases.   more info >

2010 Snapshot of North Dakota's Health Care Workforce
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, November 2010, 114 pp.
A profile of North Dakota's health care workforce.   more info >

Big ideas: Game-changers for Children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy.   more info >

Health reform and communities of color: Implications for racial and ethnic health disparities
Kaiser Family Foundation, September 2010, 14 pp.
Discusses parts of the health care reform law that are likely to improve access to care for people of color and have an impact on health disparities.   more info >

The Minnesota story: How advocates secured the first state law of its kind expanding children's access to dental care
Pew Center on the States, September 2010, 15 pp.
Describes how Minnesota passed a law to incrMinnesota_Story_brief(1).pdfease children's access to dental care.   more info >

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
American Public Health Association, February 2010, 12 pp.
Estimates the health care costs of obesity, air pollution from traffic, and traffic crashes based on existing case studies, and argues for incorporating health evaluation and cost assessment as part of transportation policy.   more info >

Hidden health tax: Americans pay a premium
Families USA, May 2009, 32 pp.
Discusses how private health insurance premiums are higher, in part, because the costs of uncompensated care for the uninsured are shifted to those who have insurance.   more info >

National healthcare disparities reports
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2009, 300 pp.
Reports on trends in health care disparities and the degree to which health care disparities for racial and ethnic minorities and poor populations have lessoned. Chapters address the quality of and access to health care and disparities among specific populations -- including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income groups, older adults, residents of rural areas, and more -- and the specific measures used.   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 >

Health Care Quality Report
MN Community Measures, December 2008
Annual reports of health care performance throughout Minnesota and border communities.   more info >

Consumer Directed Community Supports for older adults in Minnesota: Final report
Minnesota Department of Human Services, September 2007, 66 pp.
Final report describing consumer response to the Consumer Directed Community Supports program in Minnesota, a cash and counseling option for older adults.   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 >

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 >

Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota
Wilder Research, March 2005, 12 pp.
Key results and lessons learned from Growing Up Healthy in Minnesota, an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to provide and increase awareness and access to preventive health and dental care. Outlines the methods, results, and learnings of nine organizations around the state that received grants. Focused particularly on the needs of immigrant communities and communities of color.   more info >

Immigrant health, a call to action: Recommendations from the Minnesota Immigrant Health Task Force
Minnesota Immigrant Health Task Force, January 2005, 45 pp.
Describes eight action steps to improve immigrant health in Minnesota, including ways that decision makers, health care administrators, educators and others can help with implementation.   more info >

Minnesota's uninsured: findings from the 2001 Health Access Survey
Minnesota Department of Health, April 2002, 76 pp.
Presents findings of the 2001 Minnesota Health Access Survey. It focuses on uninsurance rates for various population groups.   more info >

Disparities in health access: voices from Minnesota's Latino community
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER), January 2002, 36 pp.
Presents the results of a series of focus groups conducted with Latinos in Minnesota to discuss issues related to health care access.   more info >

Health care access for uninsured adults: a strong safety net is not the same as insurance
The Urban Institute, January 2002, 8 pp.
Examines the extent to which differences in the safety-net environment account for differences in the uninsureds’ access to and use of health care.   more info >

West Side community health assessment
Wilder Research, April 2000, 44 pp.
A 250-household survey  of "vital signs" on Saint Paul's West Side covers health insurance, access to care, chronic health problems, health behaviors, and awareness of health resources.   more info >

An Agenda for Reform: Competition, Community, Concentration
John Brandl and Vin Weber, November 1995, 34 pp.
Written decades ago in response to a looming financial crisis in the Minnesota state budget – due to federal budget cuts, increased demand for services and slower economic growth – this report advocates for fundamental changes in the way Minnesota delivers taxpayers' services.   more info >

Within our Means
Minnesota Planning, January 1995, 38 pp.
This report from 1995 examines strategies and offers recommendations for solving Minnesota’s looming budget crisis. It points out that economic conditions will become less favorable after 2010, when the proportion of Minnesotans of working age begins to decline and the dependent population, children and elderly people, proportionately increases. Areas of focus include: health care, education, justice, transportation, environment and local government.   more info >

Web sites

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 >

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

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