Transportation affects every Social Determinant of Health

Imagine having a doctor’s appointment in two hours and your friend who planned to take you was called into work last minute; you no longer have a ride. There are other options: You could take the bus, but you aren’t within walking distance of a stop. Even if you were near a bus stop, the [...]

Establishing a Medical Home is important for HUB participants

Establishing a Medical Home for a participant is one of the 21 Pathways the Community Care HUB’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) will focus on. According to the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC), a medical home “is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on [...]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with at least one mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 1 in 5 (52.9 million in 2020) adults in the United States have a mental illness. Collaborating and having productive conversations to provide more and better mental health services [...]

Food insecurity is a concerning SDOH

Feeding America defines food insecurity “as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.” According to the USDA, 38.3 million people, including 12 million children, in the United States lived in food-insecure households in 2020. Poverty is connected to food insecurity and for [...]

Climate has major effects on population health

April 22 is Earth Day. It’s a time to join forces and commit to an action plan to take better care of our world, which will help to take better care of people. One of the largest threats affecting people’s health is climate change. Climate change affects clean air, safe drinking water, food, and shelter [...]

Black Maternal Health Week calls attention to disparities

Black Maternal Health Week falls in the second week of April; appropriately, it takes place during National Minority Health Month. While minorities face disparities across all health systems, Black women and mothers face a disproportionate number of concerns before, during, and after pregnancy. The 2021 County Health Rankings reported that 9% of babies born in [...]

Community Care HUB uses Pathways to help participants

Since its inception in 2020, the Community Care HUB has been meeting participants where they are at to improve their health and well-being. The HUB follows the nationally recognized and evidence-based Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI) model developed by Drs. Sarah and Mark Redding. Face-to-face visiting between Community Health Workers (CHWs) and participants is a [...]

1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health celebrates NPHW

During National Public Health Week (April 4-10), the Center will be holding a website scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will allow participants to search around our website https://www.1889jeffersoncenter.org/ and learn about the Center and our other initiatives. The Scavenger Hunt form can be found at https://www.1889jeffersoncenter.org/2022/03/28/participate-in-our-nphw-website-scavenger-hunt/. Individuals who submit their forms will be entered into [...]

Housing plays an important role in health

Housing is a well-established Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) and plays a large role in mental and physical well-being. As a whole, people facing housing instability can experience a wide variety of challenges like, having trouble paying rent, overcrowding, frequent moving, staying with relatives, spending the bulk of the home’s income on housing, and more. [...]

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