HOUSEHOLD PULSE SURVEY FINDINGS

Rates of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Declined in 2021, Remained Higher than Pre-Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, anxiety and depression levels remain elevated compared to pre-pandemic rates. However, 2021 data shows a significant decline in reported anxiety and depression symptoms. While overall rates of anxiety and depression are beginning to trend downward when compared to early pandemic data, disparities across demographic groups remain present. This brief examines both combined and individual rates of reported anxiety and depression symptoms for the total adult population as well as by specific breakdowns, including age, gender, race/ethnicity, income categories, and education levels.

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MEASURING POVERTY

FPG vs. FPL: What's the Difference?

The terms "FPL" and "FPG" are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing; there are, in fact, important functional differences between the two concepts. This blog details the difference between federal poverty level (FPL) and federal poverty guideline (FPG) and which term is used by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Office of Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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FPG vs. FPL: What's the Difference?

The terms "FPL" and "FPG" are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing; there are, in fact, important functional differences between the two concepts. This blog details the difference between federal poverty level (FPL) and federal poverty guideline (FPG) and which term is used by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Office of Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE ESTIMATES

2021 NHIS Full-Year Health Insurance Estimates Early Release

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released health insurance coverage estimates for 2021 from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) as part of the NHIS Early Release Program. The estimates captured in this report are some of the first available coverage estimates for 2021 from a federal survey. This infographic details national-level changes in private coverage, public coverage, and those without health insurance coverage by age, sex, and race/ethnicity.

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MINNESOTA COMMUNITY AND UNINSURED PROFILE

Updates to Minnesota's Community and Uninsured Profile Resource to Reflect 2016-2020 ACS Estimates

Following the release of the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-year data file (2016-2020), SHADAC has made important updates to the Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile resource to incorporate an analysis of the 2020 data. The Community and Uninsured Profile provides rates and counts of uninsured Minnesotans, focused on classification by ZIP code level (i.e. Census-defined ZIP code). Users can compare characteristics of the total population to the uninsured population in a specific ZIP code while also overlaying in-depth community characteristics.

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Updates to Minnesota's Community and Uninsured Profile Resource to Reflect 2016-2020 ACS Estimates

Following the release of the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-year data file (2016-2020), SHADAC has made important updates to the Minnesota Community and Uninsured Profile resource to incorporate an analysis of the 2020 data. The Community and Uninsured Profile provides rates and counts of uninsured Minnesotans, focused on classification by ZIP code level (i.e. Census-defined ZIP code). Users can compare characteristics of the total population to the uninsured population in a specific ZIP code while also overlaying in-depth community characteristics.

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HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND OUTCOMES

Prevalence and disparities in excessive alcohol use among U.S. adults

Underpinning significant growth in alcohol-involved deaths in recent years, tens of millions of U.S. adults report heavy drinking and binge drinking--also known as "excessive" alcohol use. But survey data also show wide disparities in excessive alcohol consumption patterns across demographic groups. This brief examines the prevalence of heavy drinking and binge drinking across different age, gender, income, and race and ethnicity categories.

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