There are multiple reasons why some individuals in the US have health insurance and others do not. Affordability, knowledge of health insurance policies and awareness of need are just some reasons one may or may not have health insurance. To raise public awareness about the social determinants that increase one’s susceptibility to developing heart disease and stroke, in 2014 the CDC released a map of the percentage of adults in the US who are under the age of 65 and are uninsured. This map highlights areas of the country that are severely uninsured compared to areas where almost no one is without health insurance.
To read more about the CDC’s efforts at addressing heart disease and stroke in the US, please visit their website here.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Percent of Population Under Age 65 without Health Insurance. Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/sd_insurance.htm
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) are designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) based on HRSA’s shortage designation criteria. According to HRSA,
“HPSAs may be designated as having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, population groups, or medical or other public facilities. MUAs may be a whole county or a group of contiguous counties, a group of counties or civil divisions, or a group of urban census tracts in which residents have a shortage of health services. MUPs may include groups of persons who face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to health care.”
The HRSA website allows you find health related information using GIS. Information is sectioned by dental, mental and primary health, by state and even county.
Take a look at the map below to see the HPSAs for dental health care in Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH) offers a plethora of resources for individuals residing in Georgia who are seeking access to dental care. One important piece of information that GADPH offers are maps of dental sites throughout all regions of GA. These maps provide locations of dental care sites that are non-profit, state and/or federally funded. Those dental care sites consist of dental schools, public health dental offices, federal qualify health centers (FQHCs), charitable organizations and dental hygiene schools.
Check out the map below!
Please visit this website to learn more about this map and GADPH.
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has collected the largest non-governmental set of Medicare data in the United States. This data measures trends in hospitalization rates, ambulance use and medication use. The data gets pretty specific such as specific hospitals and subsets of the population with advanced cancer or chronic when looking at medication use.
The institute is working on two projects: examining data on pediatric care and examining how surgery falls in to treatment plans.
For more information, read the full article here and check out the institute’s website.
Juhi Mawla, Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org