Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersection Between Housing and Health Care

This study directly explores the link between affordable housing and health care through the lens of several national health reform metrics: better connection to primary care, fewer emergency department visits, improved access to and quality of care, and lower costs.

Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences by Increasing Community Capacity

Community capacity for organization and collaboration has been shown to be a powerful tool for improving the health and well-being of communities. Since 1994 the Washington State Family Policy Council has supported the development of community capacity in 42 community public health and safety networks. Community networks bring local communities together to restructure natural supports and local resources to meet the needs of families and children, and increase cross-system coordination and flexible funding streams to improve local services and policy. In this study, researchers sought to demonstrate the strong impact of the community networks’ capacity to interrupt health and social problems. Findings suggest that community networks reduce health and safety problems for the entire community population. Further, community networks with high community capacity reduced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) in young adults ages 18–34.

Health Care For All Children

The Oregon Latino Health Coalition and the Oregon Center for Public Policy have released a report recognizing the undocumented immigrant children in Oregon who face many challenges to growing up healthy. Oregon's undocumented children often lack health insurance and are excluded from the Affordable Care Act and Oregon's health reform efforts. This report calls for Oregon to extend health insurance to all children, whether they are undocumented or not.

Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon

Optimal oral health is fundamental to our well-being, happiness, productivity and quality of life. To reduce the social and economic cost of oral disease and related illnesses, it’s essential for all Oregonians to receive timely and equitable dental care at every stage of life, including the prenatal stage.
— Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon

The Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon was the result of a collaborative effort by the Oregon Oral Health Coalition, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oral Health Funders Collaborative of Oregon and SW Washington. It proposes a number of strategies for improving oral health for everyone in Oregon by 2020. 

These strategies include appointing a State Dental Director, integrating oral health education into general health education for all ages, increasing the number of oral health providers in rural Oregon, enabling providers to reach underserved patients and more. 

Community Solutions Action Plan Self-Assessment Tool

For those who have already created Community Solutions Action Plans (CSAPs), The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has created an online self-assessment tool that allows you to review the six aspects of your CSAP. 

For those who have not, learn more here...

Poor Health is Linked to Poor Academic Performance

Health issues like hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance. Furthermore, health-risk behaviors such as early sexual initiation, violence, unhealthy eating, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to poor grades, test scores, and lower education attainment.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has gathered valuable resources about the relationship between health and academics. Learn more here.

Talking About Income Inequality

Topos research for the Ford Foundation establishes a set of framing principles that can help communicators more effectively engage audiences on job quality issues like minimum wage and paid sick leave. This memo considers how the recommended strategy relates to the current widespread conversation about income inequality – and also reflects earlier Topos research experience on topics related to inequality.

Dental Problems Account for a Surprising Number of Oregon Emergency Department Visits

A study funded by the Oral Health Funders Collaborative of Oregon and Southwest Washington and conducted by Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Washington used data from 2010 to examine the connection between emergency department (ED) visits and dental health problems in Oregon state.

The study concludes that ED visits for dental conditions are common, particularly for uninsured Oregonians. (Uninsured Oregonians are eight times more likely to visit emergency departments for dental problems.) ED visits for dental conditions reflect a lack of access to dental care, ED visits for dental care are unlikely to cure the patient's dental problem, and failure to provide access to dental care may add cost to the healthcare system.

Get the full report here.

Immigrants in Oregon and Washington: Creating an Inclusive and Dynamic Future for All

Published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees:

This 20-page report considers the impacts and opportunities presented by the growing number of immigrants in Oregon and Washington. The report includes overviews of newcomers’ impacts on the two states’ demographics, economics, and educational systems; a review of national policy implications for immigrants in the region; and a set of funding recommendations for local, state, regional, and national funders.

Get the full report here.