Reports: Health care

Big Ideas for Children
First Focus, December 2022, 191 pp.
Part of a series calling upon policy thinkers to provide fresh proposals designed to advance federal policy and improve the health, safety, and well-being of children.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, November 2022, 20 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2022, 50 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, September 2021
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk.   more info >

North Dakota's Significant Rural Health Needs as Identified by Critical Access Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments: 2017-2019 Aggregate Results for Rural North Dakota Hospitals
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, June 2020, 4 pp.
Highlights the results of community health needs assessments of North Dakota's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 2017 to 2019, identifying the most pressing healthcare needs in ND's rural communities.   more info >

The State of Rural Health
Families USA, October 2019, 20 pp.
This report examines rural Americans’ attitudes on their health and livelihoods, and identifies the current demographics of rural America, health care and economic challenges faced by people who live in rural America. It also highlights key national policy recommendations that address rural America’s health care concerns and reduce health disparities in rural communities during the coronavirus pandemic and onward.   more info >

North Dakota's Nursing Shortage
North Dakota Center for Nursing Research, January 2019, 18 pp.
Findings from the North Dakota Nursing Shortage Task Force, looking at the supply and demand for nurses in North Dakota and making recommendations to address a growing nursing shortage.   more info >

Health Insurance Coverage Status for Children in North Dakota
Kids Count North Dakota, June 2018, 4 pp.
Health insurance coverage statistics for children in North Dakota.   more info >

Full-Time Employment Not Always a Ticket to Health Insurance
Carsey Institute, March 2018, 6 pp.
Employment does not necessarily lead to health coverage for lower-income workers in the same way it typically does for higher income workers. This brief documents differences in health insurance coverage by workers’ income, and explores who is eligible for an employer-based plan, who enrolls in those plans, and the reasons why workers choose not to enroll.   more info >

Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates
Urban Institute, January 2018, 44 pp.
Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this brief finds that relatively few children ages 3 and younger were uninsured in 2015 nationally and in most states, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with increased coverage among both young children and their parents. However, 13.2 percent of the parents of young children were uninsured, higher than among parents of older children. Furthermore, nearly half of children ages 3 and younger--and over a fifth of their parents--were covered by Medicaid/CHIP in 2015; therefore, Medicaid/CHIP policy changes would have outsize effects on these families.   more info >

Fourth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota
, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, December 2016, 174 pp.
Provides a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state of North Dakota.   more info >

North Dakota Behaviorial Health Assessment: Gaps and Recommendations
North Dakota Department of Human Services, June 2016, 30 pp.
This assessment identifies recommendations to enhance the foundation of the state’s behavioral health system, with the goal of supporting North Dakota’s children, adults, families and communities in health and wellness. It identifies global recommendations designed to support further enhancements to the state’s behavioral health system.   more info >

Outcome Evaluation of Zumbro Valley Health Center Primary Care Service
Wilder Research, January 2016, 33 pp.
Zumbro Valley Health Center provides behavioral health and substance use disorder services to residents of Olmsted, Fillmore, and surrounding counties in Minnesota. Wilder Research estimated the economic benefits of integrating primary care and behavioral health services.   more info >

Access to Rural Health Care: A Literature Review and New Synthesis
Rural Policy Research Institute, August 2014, 25 pp.
In the vision of a high performance rural health care system, it is essential to understand the concept of access and, most importantly, to understand how to assess rural health system performance and policy proposals regarding access to health care services. This paper will describe why access to health care services is important to the national experience and propose a new synthesis of access characteristics.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund, May 2014, 56 pp.
Assesses states on 42 indicators of health care access, quality, costs and outcomes from 2007 through 2012. Report, data tables, and state-by-state profiles are all available.   more info >

Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 2014, 120 pp.
Explores ways to improve the health of Americans by focusing on experiences in early childhood, opportunities that communities provide for people to make health choices, and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions.   more info >

Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective
National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014, 8 pp.
Explores selected family demographic characteristics and their association with financial burdens of medical care.   more info >

Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, September 2013, 52 pp.
This report present results of a systematic review of needs collected from 21 CHNAs to compose a macro understanding of community health needs in rural North Dakota. It shows that the Tier 1 needs occurring most frequently are: limited number of health care providers, higher costs of health care for consumers, financial viability of hospitals, mental health, and elevated rates of adult obesity.   more info >

Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities
Wilder Research and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, June 2013, 24 pp.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America focuses on collaboration between the health sector and other sectors. These reports are based on a nationwide survey to identify cross sector work and learn about collaborative action to improve the health of communities.   more info >

Rate review: Spotlight on state efforts to make health insurance more affordable
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2010, 44 pp.
Reviews the standards and tools that states have and use to evaluate proposed health insurance premium increases.   more info >

2010 Snapshot of North Dakota's Health Care Workforce
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, November 2010, 114 pp.
A profile of North Dakota's health care workforce.   more info >

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
American Public Health Association, February 2010, 12 pp.
Estimates the health care costs of obesity, air pollution from traffic, and traffic crashes based on existing case studies, and argues for incorporating health evaluation and cost assessment as part of transportation policy.   more info >

Web sites

Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

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