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Blog & News: Census Bureau Announces Major Changes to 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Release

Jul. 30, 2021: On July 29, the U.S. Census Bureau announced during a special webinar that due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the American Community Survey, the 2020 ACS 1-Year estimates will not be released as usual in September, nor will 2020 ACS data be included in related products (e.g., the CPS Health...Read More

Blog & News: Minnesota Medicaid Enrollment Grew More than the U.S. Average during COVID-19

Jul. 20, 2021: The Minnesota Medicaid program has served as an important safety net program during the COVID-19 crisis. As a countercyclical program, Medicaid enrollment/spending increases when the economy is in decline (such as during a pandemic or a recession), as employer-sponsored insurance decreases and the...Read More

Blog & News: COVID-19 Vaccination Rates: State-level and Subpopulation Evidence from the Household Pulse Survey

Jul. 19, 2021: Update 6: June 9 to June 21 The COVID-19 vaccines promise to help protect individual Americans against infection and eventually provide population-level herd immunity. After several months of rolling out the various one and two-shot COVID-19 vaccines, which have included hiccups from the Johnson...Read More

Blog & News: Drug overdose deaths grew by almost 30 percent in 2020

Jul. 15, 2021: Fentanyl- and methamphetamine-type drugs surged roughly 50 percent in 12 months Drug overdose deaths surged in the United States during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing nearly 30 percent in just 12 months. Provisional data recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease...Read More

Resources: 2020 SHADAC Annual Report

Jul. 09, 2021: This report provides an overview of our topic areas, technical expertise, and partnerships as well as a glimpse into some of the work done at SHADAC in 2020. Click the report below to flip through our 2020 Annual Report. Read More

Blog & News: New Study Shows Heightened Mental Health Burdens for Young Adults, Adults with Lower Incomes or Lower Education Levels, and Adults who Experienced Income Loss during the COVID Pandemic

Jul. 01, 2021: As rates of COVID vaccination increase around the world and the nation, attention is beginning to turn toward addressing more of the non-physical impacts and effects of the virus, such as the mental health burdens borne by large segments of the population.1 In a new issue brief released this...Read More

Reports and Briefs: COVID-19 Pandemic Coincided with Elevated and Increasing Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Jul. 01, 2021: SHADAC Director Dr. Lynn Blewett and SHADAC Researchers Colin Planalp and Robert Hest used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS) to study rates of anxiety and depression in the U.S. adult population for the months of April to December 2020. The brief looks at both...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC Newsletter - May/June 2021

Jun. 30, 2021: 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

Reports and Briefs: Significance Testing Using State Health Compare

Jun. 23, 2021: Originally published December 2016. Updated June 2021. This technical brief provides guidance on how to run tests for statistically significant differences using estimates and their associated margins of error from SHADAC’s State Health Compare web tool. The brief first explains how to...Read More

Determining the Need for a Medicaid Equity Dashboard: Project Overview

Jun. 15, 2021: Health inequities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and people from other marginalized communities, including those who experience inequities based on disability, sexual identity, gender, immigration status, and other factors, are a longstanding and pervasive problem that is deeply rooted in...Read More

Blog & News: Pandemic drinking may exacerbate upward-trending alcohol deaths

Jun. 14, 2021: Even before 2020, alcohol-involved deaths reached a modern record Considering the well-deserved attention paid to the opioid crisis in recent years, few people might guess that rates of alcohol-involved deaths were as high as or higher than opioid overdose death rates in nearly half of states (...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC at the 2021 Virtual AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM)

Jun. 11, 2021: The 2021 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is taking place virtually this week from June 14-17. Researcher and State Health Compare manager Robert Hest will be presenting on behalf of SHADAC at the national conference. His presentations include: Trends in Health Insurance...Read More

Blog & News: 5 States and DC Led the Pack for Per-Capita State Public Health Funding over Past Decade: New Brief Explores Public Health Funding Estimates on State Health Compare

Jun. 08, 2021: As states have faced ongoing pressure to respond to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, state public health funding levels have come under scrutiny. Funding for public health indicates not only the extent to which a state prioritizes public health infrastructure but also the state’s preparedness for...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Assessing State Public Health Funding Using State Health Compare

Jun. 05, 2021: SHADAC has updated our brief on estimates of state-provided funding for the State Health Compare measure, “Public Health Funding.” Though this updated brief highlights state public health funding data from 2011–2020, data is available on the State Health Compare website for every year,...Read More

Resources: Measuring Coronavirus Impacts with the Census Bureau's New Household Pulse Survey: Utilizing the Data and Understanding the Methodology

Jun. 05, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic is having broad-ranging impacts on the health and economic security of Americans across the country, and policymakers, among others, are eager to understand the extent of these impacts and how they vary across states and key subpopulations such as race/ethnicity, given the...Read More

Blog & News: Collecting Race, Ethnicity, and Language (REL) Data on Medicaid Applications: 50-State Review Shows Wide Variation in How States Gather this Information

May. 25, 2021: Medicaid is a vital source of health insurance coverage for low-income children, adults, and individuals with disabilities; however, many individuals in Medicaid experience significant health disparities. An essential first step in any effort to reduce health disparities and address health...Read More

Blog & News: Vaccine Hesitancy Decreased During the First Three Months of the Year: New Evidence from the Household Pulse Survey

May. 14, 2021: Evidence shows that marginalized groups such as individuals with lower-incomes and people of color are in general less likely to receive vaccinations.i Previous research from SHADAC using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS) confirms that this pattern holds true with the COVID...Read More

Blog & News: SHADAC Newsletter - March/April 2021

Apr. 30, 2021: 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: U.S. Alcohol-Related Deaths Grew Nearly 50% in Two Decades: SHADAC Briefs Examine the Numbers among Subgroups and States

Apr. 19, 2021: In the midst of the opioid epidemic, the United States has been quietly experiencing another mounting public health crisis as deaths involving alcohol have grown to historic highs. After years of stability, the rate of alcohol-related deaths began to increase in 2007 and has increased...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Escalating Alcohol-Involved Death Rates: Trends and Variation across the Nation and in the States from 2006 to 2019 (Infographics)

Apr. 19, 2021: April 19, 2021 In the midst of the opioid epidemic, the United States has been quietly experiencing another mounting public health crisis as deaths involving alcohol have grown to historic highs. After years of stability, the rate of alcohol-related deaths began to increase in 2007 and has...Read More

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