Resources & Reports
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.
Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Personnel By: The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: June 2009 Type: Resources
This guide provides useful information to help family members of returning veterans understand what to expect during their loved one's reintegration into society after time in a war zone, and tips for returning veterans to ease their transition back to life at home.
State Financing for Health Coverage Initiatives: Observations and Options By: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This NYSHealth-funded report by the Health Policy Research Center at the Rockefeller Institute of Government evaluates revenue and saving strategies the State could consider to confront the challenges of implementing universal health care coverage.
New York State Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program Evaluation By: New York State Office of Mental Health Priority Areas: Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This report addresses whether New York’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program is effective and under what circumstances. AOT ensures that individuals with mental illness and a history of hospitalizations or violence participate in community-based services appropriate to their needs through a court-ordered system. AOT can be used to prevent relapse or deterioration before hospitalization is needed, but more often is used as a discharge planning tool creating a smooth transition for hospitalized patients to outpatient treatment.
The Economic Impact of Healthcare Reform on Small Business By: Small Business Majority Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This report by the Small Business Majority compares the impacts of three health care reform scenarios on small businesses by applying the Gruber Microsimulation Model (GMSIM). Small businesses are struggling under the current health care system, and the report concludes that the reform options being debated in Washington will likely save small businesses money, protect wages and jobs, and encourage small business owners to reinvest in and grow our economy.
Connecting Immigrants to Commercial Health Coverage: A Survey of Existing and Potential Strategies By: New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: June 2009 Type: Resources, Report
This analysis by New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage (NYFAHC) and funded by NYSHealth contrasts the approaches of New York's major commercial insurers to enrolling immigrant communities and finds that community credibility makes a difference. The most successful strategies integrated linguistically and culturally appropriate services with the marketing of coverage to immigrants. The report also suggests developing intermediaries between insurers and enrollees, or "connectors," that can establish group buying power and help consumers navigate coverage options.
Promoting Equity & Coverage in New York’s Public Insurance Programs By: Community Service Society of New York Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: May 2009 Type: Resources, Report
A new report issued by the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and funded by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) finds that African Americans are more likely to be disenrolled from Medicaid. More than 40% of all enrollees in New York’s public health insurance programs lose their coverage each year although many remain eligible. The analysis of Medicaid health plan data reveals that among racial/ethnic groups, African-Americans have the lowest annual retention rates (59%) while Asian/Pacific Islanders have the highest retention rates (65%).