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Social Determinants of Health
  The 2022 American Public Health Association National Public Health Week is April 4-10. This year’s theme, “Public health is where you are,” is apt for the team here at HealthLandscape. Most of us never considered public health when we went to college or made career plans. Some of us are sociologists. Some are geographers....
Map showing screening rates by HHS region
  A recent White House press release describes President Biden’s efforts to reignite Cancer Moonshot, a campaign he launched in 2016 as Vice President. This program invested almost $2 billion in cancer research with a goal to reduce cancer death rates by more than 50% over 25 years. The reignition of Cancer Moonshot is partly...
  Despite the fact that nearly two-thirds of the total U.S. population have been fully vaccinated (two doses) against COVID-19, these numbers are much lower in specific parts of the U.S. For example, according to the New York Times, only 50% of Alabamians and Wyomingites are vaccinated, along with 51% of Mississippians and 52% of...
Research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened gaps in health equity across the U.S. A national survey by the Morehouse School of Medicine shows that decreases in access to care have contributed to increases in health disparities for the most vulnerable populations. The survey found that 50% of all respondents delayed or completely went...
This week marks the 20th year for National Primary Care Week, a week led by medical students with an interest in specializing in primary care. The week focuses on ensuring we have new health care providers interested in practicing primary care and addressing issues that many primary care providers encounter, including addressing health disparities. HealthLandscape...
Family Health and Fitness Day, created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. Intended to show how important parks and recreation are to keeping their communities active and healthy, people are encouraged to visit their local parks to explore the recreational options available in their...
A recent article in Health Affairs points to widening health disparities between Appalachia and the remainder of the United States. Singh et al. find that disparities in both life expectancy and infant mortality have increased over the last decade and can be attributed to several factors, including higher rates of chronic disease, unintentional injuries, and...
Here at HealthLandscape, we have been developing online geospatial analytic tools for more than 10 years and that entire time, we have focused on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).  Our inter-disciplinary team of sociologists, informaticians, geographers and training specialists regularly work side-by-side with providers, researchers and social service organizations to synthesize data and build...
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released their 2017 County Health Rankings (CHR), which provide a wealth of health outcome and social determinants of health data for the majority of US counties. These data are now available in HealthLandscape’s Community HealthView data library, where you can create thematic and threshold maps to visualize the geographic...
This week, the American Academy of Family Physicians, our parent organization, is holding their annual meeting, the FamilyMedicine Experience or FMX, in Orlando, Fla at the Orange County Convention Center.  Last year was the first year of this new type of meeting offering a more interactive and customizable experience, because “as health care becomes about...
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