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Thirdhand smoke - a risk for children?

Posted by Ben Huynh on May 12, 2017 3:20:24 PM
In the past 10 years, research into the impacts of thirdhand smoke has become increasingly popular . Thirdhand smoke is the nicotine and chemical residue on hands, hair, clothing as a result of smoking tobacco products.
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Topics: Social determinants of health

How socio-behavioral data is hidden in your EHR

Posted by Ben Huynh on Apr 5, 2017 5:21:45 PM


In 2008, the World Health Organization published a report titled: Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health outlining social determinants as the primary driver of preventable health inequity. Despite this, commonly used risk scores like Medicare’s and Medicaid’s still neglect to incorporate clinical biological disease severity and socio-behavioral risk factors. This is due in large part to the inaccessibility of incorporating socio-behavioral data.

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Topics: Medicaid, Social determinants of health

What exactly are social determinants of health?

Posted by Ben Huynh on Apr 5, 2017 4:50:24 PM

While social determinants of health have become an increasingly popular topic, people don’t always define what that means. Social determinants of health are “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” Commonly used determinants include socioeconomic status, education and social support or lack thereof. 

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Topics: Medicaid, Social determinants of health

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