Link Round Up: Dec 11 – Dec 17

Link Round Up: Dec 11 – Dec 17

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up features some powerful articles about the healthcare today. First up, we look at areas excluded from the Affordable Care Act, then we will look at three important ways to address social determinants of health, then we look at opioid abuse in rural areas, and finally we end with an article on a new program in New Orleans that is addressing homeless healthcare.

In America, there are “dead zones” where “thousands of poor Americans” are unable to attain any insurance because they don’t qualify for Medicaid and private insurance is too expensive. This is reported by the New York Times magazine in an article that buzzed around our office this week. It’s an insightful read into the lives of residents who have the lowest incomes in states that rejected the Medicaid eligibility expansion. Read the article here.

U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD recently discussed three important considerations that the healthcare community needs to take into account to help address social determinants of health. Read Dr. Vivek Murthy’s recommendations here.

Warning: This next article may be saddest article I have linked to yet. Newborns in rural areas have a higher chance of being born drug-dependent. In a recent article published in JAMA Pediatrics, it was found that 7.5 per 1,000 hospital births in rural areas had chemical dependency, compared to rural hospital births which were 4.8 per 1,000. Even more shocking, 8.1 per 1,000 births in rural hospitals had an opioid abuse related complication.  Read more about the study here.

Finally, to try and end on a note of hope we present this final article. We have chronicled several cities where hospitals have rolled out programs to help the homeless (LA, New York, Seattle, etc.). Today we add one more group to that list: Meet Street Medicine New Orleans.  Read about the program and the help they are giving the homeless population of New Orleans.