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News by Topic: Social determinants of health

Mine the Gaps? 2018 Competition Challenges Students to Identify Research Gaps in Health Services Research
Mar 9, 2018 - AcademyHealth and the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine are hosting the second annual HSRProj Research Competition. Graduate and undergraduate health policy, health services research, public health, health informatics, or information science/library science students are invited to join the contest to identify missing or underrepresented research topics, particularly in population health and social determinants of health. Competition deadline is March 23, 2018.
Source: NLM in Focus
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Lay-Health Workers Reduced Readmission Rates at Rural Hospital, Study Finds
Feb 26, 2018 - Highlights the findings of a recent report from Health Education Research that found that the use of lay-health workers (LHWs) in Appalachian Kentucky to address patients' social needs reduced 30-day hospital readmissions. LHWs developed personalized social needs plans that included transportation, community resources, and post-discharge follow-up calls for their patients.
Source: Healthcare DIVE
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A New Study on Redesigning Care for Vulnerable Patient Populations
Jan 29, 2018 - Blog post from the American Hospital Association (AHA) discussing an upcoming study, lead by their Health Research and Education Trust, that will identify factors that lead to performance improvement in safety-net hospitals, build an evidence base for redesigning care for vulnerable populations, and inform policy decisions that affect safety-net organizations.
Source: American Hospital Association Blog
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