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Reports and Briefs: Borrowing Proven Policy Strategies to Vaccinate Kids Against COVID-19

Nov. 03, 2021: With the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine for children age five and older, most kids in the United States are now eligible to be immunized. Recent experience with other vaccines—measles and chickenpox, for example—shows the country is capable of vaccinating kids widely and equitably...Read More

Reports and Briefs: COVID-19 illness personally affected nearly 97 million U.S. adults

Oct. 01, 2021: New brief shows results from SHADAC COVID-19 Survey on population experiences with COVID sickness and death Researchers at SHADAC have fielded an updated version of the SHADAC COVID-19 Survey in April 2021, aimed at understanding respondents’ experiences with illness and death due to COVID-19...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Collection and Availability of Data on Race, Ethnicity and Immigrant Groups in Federal Surveys that Measure Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care

Sep. 08, 2021: This brief aims to assist state and federal analysts with survey development and/or analysis of existing survey data to generate estimates of health insurance coverage and access to care across racial and ethnic groups and according to nativity and/or immigrant status. The brief presents the...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Changes in Federal Surveys Due to and During COVID-19 Brief

Aug. 27, 2021: On a recent webinar, the U.S. Census Bureau made the announcement that they will not be releasing 2020 data from the American Community Survey (ACS) as usual in September. Instead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, “experimental” estimates will be available in November. This...Read More

Reports and Briefs: 2020 Update of SHADAC's Health Insurance Unit and Defining Families Issue Brief

Aug. 18, 2021: In 2012, SHADAC created and released the SHADAC “Health Insurance Unit,” or “HIU,” to aid researchers in reconciling the differences between the way that a “family” is defined in federal surveys (such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey [ACS] or Current Population Survey [CPS])...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

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

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

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

Reports and Briefs: Data to Inform Research on Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles

Apr. 01, 2021: This report by SHADAC researchers Lacey Hartman and Elizabeth Lukanen, conducted with support from the Arnold Ventures Foundation, summarizes the findings of a systematic review of data sources that could be used to study the broad topic of integrated care for dual eligibles.  The paper...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Anticipating COVID-19 Vaccination Challenges through Flu Vaccination Patterns

Jan. 06, 2021: A new issue brief from SHADAC researchers, funded by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), examines flu vaccination rates as the closest possible analog to understanding how the implementation of a widespread coronavirus vaccination campaign will unfold. Using data from the U.S. Centers...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Using 1115 Waivers to Fund State Uncompensated Care Pools

Oct. 08, 2020: What is an Uncompensated Care Pool? Uncompensated care pools (UC pools, or UCPs) are one strategy used by states in order to fund care for the uninsured and the underinsured. The pools are primarily used to pay providers for a portion of the free care they provide, thereby ensuring access to...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Comparing Federal Government Surveys That Count the Uninsured: 2020

Oct. 02, 2020: With the release of new insurance coverage estimates from surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SHADAC has updated our annual “Comparing Federal Government Surveys...Read More

Reports and Briefs: 2019 ACS Tables: State and County Uninsured Rates, with Comparison Year 2018

Sep. 17, 2020: The interactive map on this page links to tables containing state and county uninsurance estimates for 2019. These estimates come from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) via the U.S. Census Bureau's tool. Click on a state below to see state and...Read More

Reports and Briefs: State-level Trends in Employer-sponsored Health Insurance (ESI), 2015-2019

Sep. 10, 2020: ESI PRODUCTS State Profiles Two-page “at a glance” graphic profiles of employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) coverage trends between 2015 and 2019 for each state, including statistical comparisons of coverage changes from 2018 to 2019. Download a single file...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Overdose Crisis in Transition: Changing National and State Trends in a Widening Drug Death Epidemic

Aug. 26, 2020: For nearly two decades, the United States has experienced a growing and evolving crisis of substance abuse and addiction; a crisis illustrated by statistically significant increases in overdose deaths directly from, or related to, opioids. These increases have occurred throughout the country, as...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Suicide Rates on the Rise: Examining Continuing Trends and Variation across the Nation and in the States from 2000 to 2018

Jun. 16, 2020: Among the numerous impacts resulting from the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, early evidence from several recent national polls suggests that the COVID-19 crisis is taking a significant toll on mental health in the United States.1 While we will not be able to fully comprehend the extent...Read More

Reports and Briefs: SHADAC COVID-19 Survey Results

May. 26, 2020: The SHADAC COVID-19 Survey on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on health care access and insurance coverage was conducted as part of the AmeriSpeak omnibus survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey was conducted using a mix of phone and online modes from April 24 and...Read More

Reports and Briefs: University of Minnesota COVID-19 Health Insurance Model estimates that as many as 18.4 million individuals may be at risk of losing their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage (ESI)

Apr. 23, 2020: University of Minnesota COVID-19 Health Insurance Model (MN-HIM) Most Americans rely on their place of employment to obtain private health insurance coverage.  Currently, 64% of workers age 19–64 and their dependents get their health insurance coverage through an employer source. One...Read More

Reports and Briefs: Revised CPS Estimates Show less High Burden Medical Spending

Mar. 05, 2020: Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau enacted a second and final round of changes in a planned, two-stage redesign process for the agency’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The first revision, made in 2014, was a redesign of the CPS ASEC questions regarding...Read More