The Impact of Natural Disasters and Urban Sprawl

Wildfires have ravaged 245,000 acres in Northern California this month, killing 42 people and leveling 8,700 structures. The size of the fires and their massive toll shocked the state, as large fires typically occur in areas with small populations and cause limited damage. But this could be one of the costliest wildfires in the nation’s history, with damages expected to reach at least $6 billion. Read more

Who are Veterans?

Veterans are mostly older, White, male citizens with at least a high school education. But, who are veterans, really? Some are your grandfathers: 52.4 percent of male veterans are 65 years or older. Some are your mothers: the median age of female veterans is 51 years. Some are your coworkers: 72.4 percent of male veterans and 68.1 percent of female veterans ages 18 to 64 are employed. Some are students at the local college: 23.7 percent of male veterans and 33.8 percent of female veterans ages 18 to 34 are enrolled in school. All are celebrated on Veterans Day. Read more

Water First! Learning Communities

A push toward consuming more water and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages is the latest growing trend in public health interventions. But when access to clean and safe drinking water is not always easy – or readily available, a different approach is required. In the Southwest Native cultures, water is life and is highly respected through song, … Read more

Hi-5: Health Impact in 5 Years

Achieving lasting impact on health outcomes requires a focus not just on patient care, but on community wide-approaches aimed at improving population health.[1-6] Interventions that address the conditions in the places where we live, learn, work, and play have the greatest potential impact on our health.[7-11] By focusing on these “social determinants of health” (SDOH) … Read more

Community Centered Health in Gaston County, NC

In 2015, the Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation awarded Gaston County $125,000.00 to serve as one of three pilot communities in North Carolina to plan and build capacity for a Community Centered Health model. The Community Centered Health model provides a framework for primary care to address community health needs while also addressing the social disparities of a particular community that affect the community’s well-being. Read more

Data Viz: Gun Control

Gun violence impacts overall community health in a multitude of ways. From court system costs, evolving suicide rates, and access to physical and mental health care providers, to adverse childhood experiences, stunted economic development, and losses to employers, gun violence has its finger on the pulse of our communities. There have been more than 340 … Read more

Who Are the Uninsured?

This article was written by Luke Rogers. It was originally published in Random Samplings on September 19, 2017. In 2016, there were about 27.3 million people (8.6 percent of the population) who lacked health insurance coverage according to the latest American Community Survey data. You may wonder what the uninsured population looked like. Were the … Read more