Resources & Reports
Managing Risk in Health Insurance Markets: A Challenge for States in the Midst of Health Care Reform By: The Nelson A.Rockefeller Institute of Government and Harvard University Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: September 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This NYSHealth-funded report issued by the Health Policy Research Center at the Rockefeller Institute of Government and Harvard University reviews strategies New York State and other states could use to manage risk in the small-group and individual insurance markets, ultimately making health insurance more affordable and accessible. Using Massachusetts and potential Federal reform options as a guide, the report discusses considerations that would need to be addressed to implement such risk management strategies as insurance exchanges and insurance mandates.
Healthier Choice: An Examination of Market-Based Reforms for New York’s Uninsured By: The Manhattan Institute Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: September 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This report, issued by the Manhattan Institute, estimates the effect various market-based health insurance reforms would have on the number of uninsured in New York.
Environmental and Socio-Economic Factors as Contributors to Racial Disparities in Diabetes Prevalence By: Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: August 2009 Type: Resources, Report
A study conducted by the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities examined the differences in socioeconomic and environmental risk exposures for diabetes in African Americans and white Americans living in integrated communities.
Leadership for Healthy Communities By: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: July 2009 Type: Resources, Toolkit
Working in collaboration with 11 influential policy-maker organizations, Leadership for Healthy Communities developed this toolkit to equip state, municipal, county, and school leaders with promising and evidence-based policy approaches designed to improve children’s health and reduce childhood obesity.
Aligning Diabetes Incentive Programs Among New York’s Health Plans By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: July 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This policy brief, prepared by NYSHealth’s Diabetes Policy Center, emphasizes the importance of incentive programs to encourage best practices in diabetes care. The Policy Center will publicly recognize plans that use incentive and reward programs to achieve effective diabetes management and encourage widespread adoption of this strategy across New York State.
Built Environments and Obesity in Disadvantaged Populations By: Epidemiologic Reviews Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: July 2009 Type: Resources, Article
This Epidemiologic Reviews article reviews published scientific literature to understand the impact of the physical environment on the obesity levels of low-income and minority populations.
Associations between Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Adulthood Obesity By: American Journal of Epidemiology Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: July 2009 Type: Resources, Article
This July 2009 American Journal of Epidemiology article provides an analysis of studies between 1998 and 2008 that examine the relationship between childhood socioeconomic status and adulthood obesity.
National Guard: Family Readiness Groups By: U.S. Army Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Program Description
The National Guard’s Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) help National Guard members and their families meet the challenges of military life by providing many types of practical and emotional support. An FRG is important during normal duty because it forms a strong network of families and military personnel that helps prepare families for mobilization or deployment, and ensures that all arrangements are complete.
After-School Program Impact on Physical Activity and Fitness: A Meta-Analysis By: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Article
This American Journal of Preventive Medicine paper is a meta-analysis of after-school programs for children under 18, taking place between 1980 and 2008, which incorporated physical activity into their curricula.
The analysis includes 11 after-school programs, eight of which measured increases in physical activity and fitness in their participants. These programs were associated with increased physical fitness and health. While limited in scope, the study is a starting point for other studies on the subject. The full article requires a subscription, but the abstract can be accessed for free.
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New York City Department of Education: School Nutrition Report 2008-N-15 By: Office of the New York State Comptroller Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This audit released by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli found that junk food is routinely sold in New York City schools, despite efforts by the Federal and State governments and the City Department of Education to promote healthy eating habits among the students.