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Presentations: Accelerating the Use of Findings from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Clinical Practice to Improve Health and Health Care

Jun. 28, 2022: A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a series of public workshops to explore potential ways to accelerate the use of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings in clinical practice to improve health and health care. In the second...Read More

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

Jun. 07, 2022: June 7, 2022   Despite improvements, disparities in prevalence persisted 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...Read More

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

Jun. 02, 2022: 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. This resource was originally developed as...Read More

Resource: Minnesota’s Community and Uninsured Profile

Jun. 02, 2022: The resources below were created by SHADAC with essential guidance from the advisory board of MNsure navigators and policymakers. These tools can be used for community-level equity-focused work and advocacy by informing strategic plans, partnership development, assessment of community needs, and...Read More

Reports and Briefs: State and Federal Relief Prevented Deep Backslide in Health Care Affordability in California in 2020 (CHCF Cross Post)

May. 18, 2022: The following content is cross-posted from California Health Care Foundation. It was first published on May 18, 2022. Author: Colin Planalp, Research Fellow, SHADAC In 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic meant the imposition of incredible burdens on every corner of US society,...Read More

Blog & News: FPG vs. FPL: What's the Difference?

May. 11, 2022: The terms "FPG" and "FPL" are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing; there are, in fact, important functional differences between the two concepts. The federal poverty level (FPL) is the income threshold below which a “family,” and every...Read More

Blog & News: 2021 NHIS Full-Year Health Insurance Estimates Early Release: Coverage Rates Remain Stable Overall, Changes Visible across Demographic Groups

May. 10, 2022: 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...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC Advocates a Data-based Approach to Advancing Medicaid and CHIP Access Monitoring Plan (Response to CMS Request for Information)

Apr. 29, 2022: On February 17, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for information (RFI) regarding access to coverage and care in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). SHADAC researchers focused our response on Objective 4: Question 1...Read More

Blog & News: Minnesota’s uninsured rate hit historic low in 2021 but racial disparities increased (Minnesota Department of Health Cross Post)

Apr. 14, 2022: Today, the Health Economics Program (HEP) of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released results from the 2021 Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA) - a biennial state-based population...Read More

Blog & News: Understanding the Undercount of Medicaid Enrollees in the 2020 Current Population Survey Health Insurance Coverage Data

Apr. 05, 2022: Studies have long shown that surveys underestimate the number of people enrolled in Medicaid, and that the extent of this “undercount” varies across surveys and states. SHADAC researchers have made significant contributions in this area, and the extent to which the Current Population Survey Annual...Read More

Blog & News: Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the U.S. has Reached a Plateau: Evidence from the Household Pulse Survey

Apr. 01, 2022: Previous analysis produced by SHADAC using data from the Household Pulse Survey (HPS) showed promising evidence of a reduction in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy during the first three months of 2021. However, though this report highlighted an overall decline in hesitancy, it also showed disparities in...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC Newsletter - March 2022

Mar. 30, 2022: The SHADAC newsletter contains updates on SHADAC activities, news from the states, resource updates, and blog highlights. Click on the image below to download a PDF version of this newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Visit our Newsletter archive. Read More

Blog & News: Six Measures on SHADAC’s State Health Compare Now Updated to Include Pandemic-era Data for Health Behaviors and Outcomes

Mar. 18, 2022: As part of our commitment to releasing relevant and timely state-level data, estimates for six measures on SHADAC’s State Health Compare web tool have recently been updated with data from the first years of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 and 2021. Data for each of these measures is drawn from a...Read More

Reports and Briefs: New SHADAC Brief Summarizes Study of Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Physician Participation

Mar. 17, 2022: With the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expansion of Medicaid, approximately 15 million people were able to enroll in the program - many of whom were previously uninsured. However, researchers have long worried that an expansion of insurance coverage would not translate to an equal expansion...Read More

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

Mar. 07, 2022:    17 million report heavy drinking,    40 million report binge drinking In the past several years, researchers have shone new light on the public health threat of alcohol consumption in the United States. Nationally, life expectancy has declined, while deaths involving...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC Newsletter - February 2022

Feb. 28, 2022: The SHADAC newsletter contains updates on SHADAC activities, news from the states, resource updates, and blog highlights. Click on the image below to download a PDF version of this newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter here. Visit our Newsletter archive. Read More

Blog & News: 2020 U.S. alcohol-involved deaths climbed by 26.6%, and drug overdose deaths by 30.6%

Feb. 16, 2022: Size of alcohol, drug overdose death increases in first pandemic year were unparalleled With the recent release of 2020 mortality data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we now know that fears that the pandemic could result in increased drug and alcohol deaths were...Read More

Blog & News: 2020 NHIS: State vs National Estimates of Health Insurance Coverage

Feb. 15, 2022: The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recently released a National Health Statistics Report, which presents state-level estimates of health insurance coverage using data from the 2020 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The report provides estimates by subcategories of state...Read More

Blog & News: State Health Compare: State-Level Data Resources on Measures of Health Equity (Part Two - Health Behaviors, Health Outcomes, Social and Economic Factors)

Feb. 09, 2022: Health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) are rapidly growing fields of public health research. SHADAC researchers believe that making strides toward achieving health equity depends equally on better understanding health disparities as well as on making concerted, measurable efforts...Read More

Presentations: California's Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: How Medi-Cal expansion has impacted health care access and health status for low-income Californians

Feb. 03, 2022: Natalie Schwehr, SHADAC Senior Research Associate, was invited by the Center of California Studies at Sacramento State University to give a webinar presentation on Friday, January 28, as part of their "Envisioning California Speaker Series." Dr. Schwehr presented a study conducted by herself and...Read More