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Our team is led by Dr. Jie Chen, PhD, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Chen has more than ten years of research experience developing, refining, and applying analytical methods to evaluate the impact of health policy and the health care delivery system on population health outcomes.
HAPPY Lab's Research Data Infrastructure: As of 2019, The HAPPY Lab became the first research team at UMD to develop a research data infrastructure to host Medicare claims data Research Identifiable Files (RIF) through funding provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
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|Jie Chen, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Chen’s research fields include health care disparities, health care delivery system and policy, behavioral health, aging, and economic evaluation. Her work uses a multidisciplinary perspective and involves collaboration with clinical leaders, community partners, and organizational decision makers. Her current research focuses on the integration of healthcare organizations, promoting behavioral health of vulnerable populations and mental health among older adults. Dr. Chen is also interested to study the impact of health policy initiatives and changing economic conditions on health care access, utilization, and health disparities. An additional field of her research involves economic evaluation, including cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of community intervention and state/federal policies. Dr. Chen has more than fifteen years of research experience developing, refining, and applying analytical methods to evaluate the impact of health policy and the health care delivery system on population health outcomes.|
|David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. David Marcozzi is a Professor and the Director of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Program in Health Disparities and Population Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Prior to these roles, Dr. Marcozzi served in the federal government as a senior leader and subject matter expert on health delivery, emergency care, and emergency preparedness.|
|Michel Boudreaux, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland. Dr. Boudreaux conducts research in interrelated areas of health policy. He is especially interested in publicly financed health programs for low-income populations and how they affect the evolution of health, human capital and socioeconomic position across the life-course. He also maintains an active research agenda focused on improving the quality and usability of health insurance measures collected in federal surveys. His work has appeared in Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Journal of Health Economics, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, and other outlets. He received a PhD (2014) in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration from the University of Minnesota.|
|Howard H. Goldman, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Goldman received joint M.D. - M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University in 1974 and a Ph.D. in social policy research from the Heller School at Brandeis University in 1978. He is a mental health services researcher, currently active in studies on the organization and financing of mental health services. He is the author or co-author of 325 publications in the professional literature. From 2004 – 2016 Dr. Goldman was the editor of Psychiatric Services, a mental health services research and policy journal published monthly by the American Psychiatric Association. He has been on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Health Affairs, and the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. Dr. Goldman directed the MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health Policy Research for a decade ending in 2009. He served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health from 1997-1999 for which he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion. During 2002 and 2003 Dr.Goldman was a consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. In 1996 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance, and in 2002 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Since 2009 he has chaired a standing committee of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine providing advice on medical disability to the Social Security Administration.|
|Luisa Franzini, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Health Policy and Management Department, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests focus on health care costs, health policy innovations in Maryland, and health disparities. During the last 20 years, a major component of Fr. Franzini’s research and teaching activities has focused on the application of economics and econometrics to investigating the causes and consequences of disparities in health and health care delivery in vulnerable populations. She brings extensive experience in cost and cost-effectiveness analysis and a commitment to improving healthcare access and quality for vulnerable populations, including chronically ill patients and high-risk children on Medicaid. Her research on health disparities addresses the pathways through which socioeconomic disparities affect health, including trust, cultural factors, religion, policies to reduce disparities, healthcare disparities, and disparities in parenting and academic achievement.|
|Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is the Principal Investigator on the Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research, funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards and for his professional accomplishments, and over the years, his work has become recognized as one of the scholarly contributions leading to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study Done at Tuskegee. His current research focuses on the translation of evidence-based science on chronic disease into community-based interventions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. More specifically, he has focused on understanding how social context shapes attitudes and behaviors of underserved, poorly served, and never-served segments of our society toward participation in health promotion and disease prevention activities. Dr. Thomas is particularly interested in how the legacy of the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee (1932–72) has impacted trust and influenced the willingness of African Americans to participate in medical and public health research.|
|Susan Racine Passmore, PhD, is a Senior Scientiest and Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) Assistant Director for Commuinty Engaged Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Research Professor with the Department of Health Services Administration and Assistant Director for the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE). Dr. Passmore is a medical anthropologist with much experience in qualitative data collection and analysis on a range of health disparities. She has worked extensively with vulnerable populations including Latinos, African Americans and immigrant groups. Through the Center for Health Equity, Dr. Passmore has served as Project Director on several NIH grants for the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE), School of Public Health, University of Maryland. These include “Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers” (7RC2MD004766, Quinn and Thomas Joint PI); Research Center for Excellence in Minority Health Disparities (RCEMHD) (PG60MD000207, Thomas & Quinn Joint PI); and the Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities Research (P20MD006737, Thomas & Quinn Joint PI). Prior to joining the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Passmore's work included research on breast cancer, COPD, colorectal cancer and eye health working with faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. She has also worked to understand the needs of aging populations along the US/Mexican border in a previous position with the University of Texas at El Paso.|
|Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, is the Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry (emeritus) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and, in addition, serves as Editor-in- Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Prior to July 2017, Dr. Reynolds served as the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Aging Institute of the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh, the NIMH-sponsored Center of Excellence in the Prevention and Treatment of Late Life Mood Disorders, and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Reynolds is internationally renowned in the field of geriatric psychiatry. His primary research interests focus on mood, grief, and sleep disorders of later life, with a particular focus on mental health services in primary care, improving treatment strategies, depression prevention, and promotion of brain health in older adults. Dr. Reynolds was the 2016 recipient of the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for his groundbreaking contributions to the prevention and treatment of depression in older adults. Also in 2016, Dr. Reynolds was elected to the Association of American Physicians for his pioneering work as a physician-scientist in geriatric psychiatry and the prevention and treatment of late-life depression.|
|Min Qi Wang, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health (SPH), the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD). He has authored and co-authored on over 240 publications in referred journals. Dr. Wang has obtained over 90 grants over his career. He has extensive experience in applying information technology to public health, which has been his focus for the past 15 years. Currently, he the UMD PI to develop the Maryland Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN).|
|Priscilla Novak, MPH, PhD, received her PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management within the School of Public Health. Her current research focus is on racial and ethnic disparities among people with serious psychological distress and chronic physical conditions. Her research examines access to care and the uneven burden of mental and physical health problems among racial/ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Major themes center on addressing underutilization of evidence-based treatments in low-income groups, even when insured. She is driven by action- oriented research with clear implications for social and health policy.|
|Deanna Barath, MPH, is a doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s Health Policy and Management Department. Her interests are in increasing health equity for vulnerable populations through community- and evidence-based interventions and policy. She is part of the second cohort of Health Policy Research Scholars, a program led by George Washington University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Most recently, Deanna served as the project coordinator for a rural health community assessment in Maryland, researched veteran health insurance choices, and worked on research linking local health promotion activities to readmission rates. Before choosing to continue her education, Deanna worked at the Florida Department of Health overseeing department-wide efforts related to quality improvement, policy development and improved integration, particularly for endeavors to improve the health of children, provided guidance to local health departments on the “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships” process, and the state’s integrate approach to accreditation. She also worked on Florida State University’s Masters in Public Health Program accreditation, which is where her affinity for performance management began, and lead the team that propelled the tobacco-free campus policy into fruition. Deanna received her Master of Public Health and Bachelors in Exercise Science from Florida State University, achieved a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Florida Sterling Council, and is a trained facilitator.|
|Ivy Benjenk, RN, MPH, is a PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park. Prior to beginning the PhD program, Ms. Benjenk worked as a quality improvement professional at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. and Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to that, she worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and Binghamton General Hospital in upstate New York. Ms. Benjenk is currently a clinical instructor of psychiatric nursing at the George Washington University. Her research interests are in hospital-based quality improvement and patient safety with a specific focus on inpatient psychiatric care.|
|Aitalohi (Aita) Amaize, MPH, BSN, RN, CEN, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at University of Maryland-College Park's School of Public Health. Her research interests are in health service delivery systems and utilization / access specifically in vulnerable populations that face challenges related to social determinants of health. Other areas of interest are coordination of care, care transitions, use of technology to enhance care management across the care continuum, primary care (particularly health centers), workforce issues (particularly nursing and lay professionals), behavioral health integration, population health, and health system transformation. Prior to joining the HAPPY Lab, Aita worked as the RN Clinical Program Manager for the Transition of Care Program at Unity Health Care, Inc., Washington DC's largest Federally-Qualified Health Center. In that position, she led a multi-disciplinary team of Registered Nurses, Community Health Workers, and Case Managers to implement an intensive care management program targeting high hospital utilizers. In 2017, she was part of the National Council for Behavioral Health's Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, and was awarded a UMD All-S.T.A.R. fellowship for her work on a rural health assessment of Mid-Shore Maryland communities. She is a former emergency department and forensic nurse with a passion for bettering the conditions of underserved and hypermarginalized populations. She has worked with under-insured women in New York City, homeless persons in Boston, children in The Philippines, and survivors of sexual and intimate-partner violence in D.C. She holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University (with certificates in Neuroscience and African-American Studies) and an MPH from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (with certificates in Health Communications and Health Disparities). She received her BSN from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a second-degree NURSE Corps and New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholar.|
|Yang Wang, MS, is a PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health. His research interests include health economics, health services usage, health disparities, and health outcomes. He has conducted research on drug use/dependence as it relates to health insurance coverage and mental health service use as it associates with health insurance.|
|Asmaa Albaroudi, MSG, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Albaroudi's research focus includes aging and long-term care. She is currently the Manager of Quality and Policy Initiatives at the National PACE Association. Ms. Albaroudi received a MS in Gerontology and a BS in Human Development and Aging from the University of Southern California.|
|Dr. Devlon N. Jackson is trained as a health communication scientist whose research examines how digital health tools can improve the health of vulnerable populations. Specifically, she assess this work at the consumer- and provider-level by exploring how consumers access and use these tools within and outside of the clinical setting, and how providers use these tools to improve care. Her research also identifies communication inequalities that exist and inhibit consumers and providers from accessing and using these tools. Additionally, Dr. Jackson understands that one’s mental health can greatly impact physical wellness; therefore her research also includes assessing how digital health can support mental health wellness comprehensively. As a result, she was recently awarded an Investigator Diversity Research Supplement grant from the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Her grant, “Using Health Information Technology to Improve Community Care Coordination and Reduce Racial Ethnic Mental Health Disparities” builds upon and extends the research aims of the parent R01 grant to Dr. Jie Chen, Effects of Hospital-Community-Public Health Integration on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health. Health information technology presents an opportunity to enhance care coordination between hospitals and behavioral healthcare providers but the inequity in resources to support HIT implementation between these two health sectors create challenges. Consequently, communities of color are more likely than their white counterparts to suffer from mental illness and physical chronic health conditions. This grant assesses how HIT can improve the mental and physical wellness of African American and Hispanic communities. Her research interests are in: digital Health, health information seeking, communication inequalities, trust in sources and channels, communities of color, vulnerable populations, health disparities, and health equity.|
|Alyse Messafi is an undergraduate student majoring in Public Health Science on the pre-med track at the University of Maryland College Park. Ms. Messafi has a specific interest in the integration of public health and medicine. Her internship experience has focused on care coordination among minority populations as well as linking emergency services with primary care providers to grant continuum of care for substance disorder patients.|
See below for current and upcoming HAPPY Lab news and events
Congratulations to HAPPY Lab students!
- Learneveryday Award: Ivy Benjenk
- Seabury Aging Research Fellowship: Asmaa Albaroudi
- Gliner Humor Scholarship: Aitalohi Amaize
Congratulations, HAPPY team! We have received the NIA support to continue our ADRD research.
Effect of Hospital and Community Care Coordination on Health Care Quality and Equity among Individuals with Risk Factors or Diagnosis of ADRD (1R01AG062315-01A1, Chen PI, 03/01/2021-2/28/2024)
The proposed project offers an unprecedented opportunity to generate substantial amounts of new evidence and insights about the impact of ACO-facilitated care coordination practice on the effective treatment and early detection of ADRD among racial and ethnic minority populations. We are building the evidence base on care coordination practice as we move toward Age-friendly ADRD-care capable hospital-community integrated systems that deliver personalized patient-centered care to promote population health for all.
- Chen J, Benjenk I*, Anderson A*, Barath D*, Reynold C. Accountable Care Organizations and of Preventable Hospitalization among Patients with Alzheimer’s Diseases. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In Press.
Congratulations! Ivy Benjenk successfully defended her dissertation proposal: Exploring the Physical and Social Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Individuals with Mental Illness.
- Chen J, Amaize A, Barath D. Evaluating Telehealth Adoption and Related Barriers Among Hospitals Located in Rural and Urban Areas. Journal of Rural Health. First published: 12 November 2020. https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/doi/10.111....
- Chu J, Benjenk I, Chen J. Incremental Medical Expenditures of the Spouses of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2020 Sep 30 doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2020.09.020 [Epub ahead of print].
- Park S, Chen J. Racial and Ethnic Patterns and Differences in Health Care Expenditures among Medicare Beneficiaries with and without Cognitive Limitation or Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: A Retrospective Cohort Study. BMC Geriatrics. 20, Article number: 482. 2020.
- Wang N, Amaize A, and Chen J. Hospital ACO Affiliation and Urban/Rural Disparities in Preventable ED Rates for Patients with ADRD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020 Oct 7. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16858. Online ahead of print.
Asmaa Albaroudi: Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, US Congress, Senate Special Committee on Aging.
→ Publication: Individuals with Serious Mental Illness are more Likely to have Health Conditions Associated with Severe Illness from COVID-19.
Authors: Novak P, Sanmartin M, Ali M, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Psychiatric Services.
Published Online:19 Nov 2020 https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000300.
- HAPPY lab: Chen J, et al. Accountable Care Organizations and Racial and Ethnic Disparities among Patients with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Diseases. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. 2020. Virtual presentation.
- HAPPY lab: Wang Y, Amaize A, Chen J. The Association between ACO Affiliation and Urban and Rural Disparities of Preventable ED Visits Among Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. AcademyHealth. 2020. Virtual presentation.
- HAPPY Lab: Chen J, Benjenk I, Anderson A, Barath D, Reynold C. Disparities in Preventable Hospitalization among Patients with Alzheimer’s Diseases. AcademyHealth. 2020. Poster presentation.
Deanna Barath: Health Policy Research Scholars Dissertation Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
→ Publication: We Don’t Accept Insurance: Trends in Self-Payment for Outpatient Psychiatric Visits.
Authors: Benjenk I, Chen J.
Journal/Date: JAMA Psychiatry. In Press.
Congratulations to HAPPY Lab students!
- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Endowed Graduate Scholarship: Ivy Benjenk
- Kaiser Permanente Endowed Scholarship: Deanna Barath
- Seabury Aging Research Fellowship: Nianyang Wang
- Outstanding Service Award: Aitalohi Amaize
→ Publication: Decomposing Urban and Rural Disparities of Preventable ED Visits among Community-dwelling Patients' with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias --- Evidence of the Availability of Health Care Resources.
Authors: Wang N, Albaroudi A, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Journal of Rural Health. In Press.
→ Publication: Exploring the Association between “30-Day All-Cause Unplanned Readmission after Psychiatric Hospitalization” Rates and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Care Coordination Measures.
Authors: Benjenk I, Shields M, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Psychiatric Services. In Press.
→ Publication: Local health departments and COVID-19
Authors: Priscilla Novack, Deanna Barath, Ivy Benjenk, Jie Chen.
Journal/Date: The Medical Care Blog, the official blog of the peer-reviewed journal Medical Care, sponsored by the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association. March 26, 2020.
→ Deanna Barath successfully defended her dissertation proposal: Improve Population Health through Hospital and Community Partnership on March 12, 2020; Congratulations!
→ Presentation: Big Data in Public Health: Integrating Hospital-Community to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, by Jie Chen. School of Public Health, UMD. 2/27/2020 (Slides Available Here)
Deanna Barath won the first place in the TedTalk category at the University of System of Maryland’s graduate symposium for her presentation on cross-sector partnerships (Feb 21, 2020). Congratulations!
→ Publication: Racial and Ethnic Disparities of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Patients with Depression – Evidence on Accountable Care Organizations and Care Coordination.
Authors: Barath D, Amaize A, Chen J.
Journal/Date: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Available Online 23 April 2020.
→ Publication: Evidence of the Linkage Between Hospital-based Care Coordination Strategies and Hospital Overall (Star) Ratings.
Authors: Benjenk I, Franzini L, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Medical Care. 2020 Jan;58(1):18-26. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001226.
→ Conference: The APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo
Date: Nov 2-6, 2019
→ Sources and Main Motivations for Prescription Opioid Misuse among Reproductive-Aged Parenting Women in the United States | Presenters: Maria Sanmartin, Mir M Ali, Priscilla Novak, Jie Chen
→ Evidence-Based Glycated Hemoglobin Testing by Race and Ethnicity Pre- and Post- the Affordable Care Act | roundtable presentation | Presenters: Priscilla Novak, Jie Chen
→ Reductions in hospital readmissions through housing partnerships – the partnership continuum | podium presentation | Presenters: Deanna Barath, Jie Chen
The APHA Student Outstanding Abstract
→ Disparities in health care expenditures among white and Asian American subethnicities vary along the distribution of the expenditures | Presenters: Sungchul Park, Jie Chen
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland: Mental Health Prevention and Services Provided by Local Health Departments Linked to Declines in Suicide-Related ER Visits
→ Publication: Integrating local health departments to reduce suicide-related emergency department visits among people with substance use disorders – Evidence from the state of Maryland
Authors: Barath D, Chen J
Journal/Date: Preventive Medicine.Volume 129, December 2019. Available Online August 29, 2019.
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland: Researcher Awarded NIH Grant to Study Payment Models and Care Coordination Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Treatment
→ Dr. Priscilla Novak has been hired by AHRQ as a Senior Management Analyst. She recently had lunch with UMD Health Policy and Management Department Doctoral Students Portia Buchongo, Elle Pope, and Dan Marthey, who are working on interesting projects in the Center for Finance, Access, and Cost and the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. Congratulations, Dr. Novak!
→ HAPPY Lab builds a Research Data Infrastructure: The HAPPY Lab is the first research team at UMD to develop a research data infrastructure to host Medicare claims data Research Identifiable Files (RIF) through funding provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Utilizing this data infrastructure, we will be able to comprehensively assess health needs and the impact of care coordination using longitudinal records of members of the aging population who have developed ADRD or have had related risk factors. The data infrastructure and policies we developed to host the CMS RIF are now available for others to use. In the long run, we hope the CMS data infrastructure can provide a unique platform and create opportunities for our faculty and students to develop interesting and fundable projects.
→ Publication: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Access and Utilization among Asian American Subgroups.
Authors: Park S, Stimpson JP, Kemmick Pintor J, Roby DH, McKenna RM, Chen J, Ortega AN.
Journal/Date: Medical Care. 2019 Nov;57(11):861-868. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001202.
→ Publication: Barriers to health care access among US adults with chronic conditions and co-occurring serious psychological distress between 2011-2015.
Authors: Novak P, Chen J, Ali M.
Journal/Date: Medical Research Archives. Vol. 7 Issue 7 July 2019. https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v7i7.1947
→ Conference: Annual Conference of the American Society of Health Economists 2019
Date: June 23-26, 2019
→ Prescription Drug Expenditures Among People Aged 18 - 64 with Diabetes by Serious Psychological Distress Status, 2012 -2016 | poster presentation | Presenters: Priscilla Novak, Jie Chen
→ Publication: Polysubstance use among reproductive-aged parenting women who misused prescription opioids in the United States.
Authors: Sanmartin M, Ali M, Novak P, Chen J
Journal/Date: Journal of Addictive Diseases, 37:3-4, 142-145, DOI: 10.1080/10550887.2019.1630237. Published online: 24 Jun 2019.
→ Publication: Incremental Direct Healthcare Expenditures of Valvular Heart Disease in the United States.
Authors: Mallow P, Chen J, Moore M, Gunnarsson C, Rizzo J.
Journal/Date: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. 2019 Aug;8(11):879-887. doi: 10.2217/cer-2019-0007. Epub 2019 Aug 21.
→ Conference: AcademyHealth 2019 Annual Research Meeting
Date: June 2-4, 2019
→ Hospital Readmissions of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease | poster presentation | Presenters: Aitalohi Amaize, Ivy Benjenk, Jun Chu
→ Evidence of the Linkage between Hospital-Based Care Coordination Strategies and Hospital Overall Star Ratings | poster presentation | Presenters: Ivy Benjenk, Jie Chen
→ Publication: The Palgrave Handbook of American Mental Health Policy
Editors: Goldman, Howard H., Frank, Richard G., Morrissey, Joseph P. (Eds.)
Date: Official publication date is 2020, but it is available now for use in print or online and ready for course adoption
This book contains 23 chapters on many of the most interesting topics in mental health policy and is not written as an encyclopedia. Instead, each chapter explores the issues and evidence about an important question in the field. For example:
- Do we have enough psychiatric beds? (Eric Slade and Marissa Domino)
- Future of financing for mental health services (Tom McGuire)
- What is the right balance between public and private sector and level of government (R. Frank and Sherry Glied)
- Insurance parity: glass half-full? (Haiden Huskamp)
- What is the role of mental illness in gun violence? (Jeff Swanson, Colleen Barry, and Marvin Swartz)
- How to deal with the opioid epidemic (Humphreys and Pollack)
- and more!
→ Aitalohi Amaize has successfully passed her dissertation proposal defense; Congratulations, Aita!
→ Ivy Benjenk's Encyclopedia chapter on managed care and aging has been accepted for publication; Congratulations, Ivy!
→ Priscilla Novak has successfully passed her doctoral dissertation defense; Congratulations, Dr. Novak!
→ Publication: ACO Affiliated Hospitals Increase Implementation of Care Coordination
Authors: Anderson A, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Medical Care. 2019 Apr;57(4):300-304.
Hospitals affiliated with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) may have a greater capacity to collaborate with providers across the care continuum to coordinate care, due to formal risk sharing and payment arrangements. However, little is known about the extent to which ACO affiliated hospitals implement care coordination strategies. This study showed that ACO affiliated hospitals reported greater use of care coordination strategies compared to unaffiliated hospitals. Fee-for-service shared savings and partial or global capitation payment models were associated with a greater use of care coordination strategies among ACO affiliated hospitals.
→ Publication: Mental Health Treatment and Unmet Mental Health Care Need Among Pregnant Women With Major Depressive Episode in the United States
Authors: Sanmartin M, Ali M, Chen J, Dwyer D.
Journal/Date: Psychiatric Services. Published Online:10 Apr 2019
→ Publication: Sources and Main Motivations for Prescription Opioids Misuse among Reproductive-Aged Parenting Women in the United States.
Authors: Sanmartin M, Ali M, Novak P.
Journal/Date: Substance Use and Misuse. March 2019;54(8):1332-1336. Epub ahead of print.
→ Publication: Treatment Utilization and Barriers to Treatment among Individuals with Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness in the United States.
Authors: Novak P, Ali M, Feder K, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2019 Mar;98:47-52.
Results showed that a high proportion of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) and co-occurring mental illness are not receiving needed care. However, nearly one in five of those with OUD but no diagnosed mental illness is receiving prescription medication for mental illness. These findings suggest that there is a need to better facilitate access to and coordinate behavioral health care across settings for individuals with OUD.
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland: Researchers Find Rates of Mental Health Follow-Up Change with Hospital Type and Neighborhood Demographics
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Will Patients Follow Up After Psychiatric Hospitalization? That Might Depend on the Hospital
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD news: Maryland Today: After Psychiatric Hospitalization, What Next? Study Finds Less Follow-Up at Hospitals in Minority, Poorer Communities
→ Publication: Variation of Follow-Up Rate after Psychiatric Hospitalization by Hospital Characteristics and Social Determinants of Health.
Authors: Benjenk I, Chen J
Journal/Date: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. February 2019;27(2):138–148.
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland Study Examines Prenatal Substance Use Policies and Their Impact on Pregnant Women’s Likelihood of Getting Treatment
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland Study Shows Many with Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness Lack Treatment
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Examining Prenatal Substance Use Policies and Their Impact on Pregnant Women's Likelihood of Getting Treatment
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland Researchers Awarded $1.3 Million NIA Grant to Study Impact of Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Dr. Jie Chen Awarded $1.3 Million National Institute of Aging Grant to Study Impact of Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in ASPPH news: Maryland Researchers Find Many Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness Lack Treatment
→ Dr. Jie Chen interviewed by the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy about her research in health care delivery system and policy. Reference: Li B. Jie Chen: promote population health and reduce health disparities through care coordination. J Hosp Manag Health Policy January 2019;3:3.
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Study Shows Many Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness Lack Treatment
→ Publication: Overcoming the dual stigma of mental illness and aging: Preparing new nurses to care for the mental health needs of older adults.
Authors: Benjenk I, Buchongo P, Amaize A, Martinez S, Chen J.
Journal/Date: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Volume 27, Issue 7, July 2019, Pages 664-674.
Our objective was to determine how nursing educators are preparing students to care for the mental health needs of older adults and explore the challenges that they face in this effort. Fourteen interviews were conducted. Evidence showed that nursing schools should evaluate their curricula to ensure that mental health content is prioritized and sufficiently integrated with physical health topics. An increased focus on geropsychiatric and integrated mental health content should be supported by nursing programs and state boards of nursing.
→ Webinar: National Webinar on Readmissions & Behavioral Health. Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network initiative.
Presenter: Dr. Jie Chen
Date: December 2018
→ Publication: Variation of hospital-based adoption of care coordination services by community-level social determinants of health
Authors: Chen, Jie; DuGoff, Eva Hisako; Novak, Priscilla; Wang, Min Qi
Journal/Date: Health Care Management Review 2018 Nov 27.
This study explored the variation of hospital-initiated care coordination services and participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by community. Results showed that greater hospital-initiated care coordination practices and innovative ACO models were available in well-resourced areas. Hospitals serving communities with high uninsurance rates and/or poverty rates were significantly less likely to provide care coordination practices. Policymakers may consider increasing resources for care coordination practices in rural, underserved, and high-poverty–high-uninsured areas to ensure that vulnerable populations can benefit from these services.
→ Publication: Insurance Coverage and Utilization Improve for Latino Youth but Disparities by Heritage Group Persist Following the ACA.
Authors: Pintor J, Chen J, Alcalá H, Langellier B, McKenna R, Roby D, Ortega A.
Journal/Date: Medical Care. 2018 Nov;56(11):927-933.
→ Publication: Effect of Medicaid Cost-Sharing Policy and Medicaid Expansion Status on Preventive Care Use.
Authors: Bloodworth R, Chen J, Mortensen K.
Journal/Date: Preventive Medicine. 2018 Oct;115:97-103.
→ Publication: Access-To-Care Differences Between Mexican-Heritage And Other Latinos In California After The Affordable Care Act.
Authors: Bustamante A, McKenna R, Ortega A, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Health Affairs. September 2018;37(9)
→ Publication: Effective Mental Health Interventions to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates: A Systematic Review.
Authors: Benjenk I, Chen J.
Journal/Date: Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy. 2018 Sep; 2: 45.
→ Conference: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Services Research (MHSR)
Date: August 1-2, 2018
→ Evidence of Cost-Effective Public Health Integrated Model for People with Mental Illness | paper presentation | Presenter: Jie Chen
→ Variation of follow-up rate after psychiatric hospitalization by hospital characteristics and social determinants of health | poster presentation | Presenter: Ivy Benjenk
→ Integrating local health departments to reduce suicidal ideation and intentional self-inflicted injuries among people with substance use disorders | poster presentation | Presenter: Deanna Barath
→ Publication: Exploring national trends of patient- and family-centered care among US children
Authors: Andrew C Anderson, Ellesse Akre, Jie Chen
Journal/Date: Journal of Child Health Care July 17, 2018
→ Publication: Subsyndromal Depression among people Aged 85+ Linked to Higher Monthly Healthcare Spending
Authors: Novak, Priscilla; Chen, Jie
Journal/Date: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. July 2018; 26(7):752-753
→ Publication: Finding Disparities in the Stars: Using the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System to Identify Disparities in Nursing Home Quality for Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness
Authors: Ivy Benjenk, Jie Chen
Journal/Date: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. June 2018; 26(6):655–656
→ Deanna Barath has been selected to receive an AcademyHealth travel award and has also been selected to participate in the AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network. The AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Network provides travel and registration support for five scholars to attend the Annual Research Meeting (ARM), pre-ARM Methods Workshops, and an Interest Group (IG) Pre-Conference Session of the scholar's choice. The goal of the Network is to support the professional development of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups in the field of health services research (HSR).
→ Conference: 7th Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
Date: June 10-13, 2018
→ Preventing suicidal ideation and intentional self-inflicted injuries among people with substance abuse disorders -- Roles of local health departments in Maryland | poster presentation | Presenters: Deanna Barath, Jie Chen
→ Public Health System Delivered Mental Health Preventive Care Links to $824 Reduction of Per Capita Healthcare Costs Annually | poster presentation | Presenters: Jie Chen, Priscilla Novak
→ Opioid Use and Out of Pocket Spending on Opioids among US Adults Aged 18+ by Serious Psychological Distress Status | poster presentation | Presenters: Priscilla Novak, Jie Chen, Sandra Chao
→ Deanna Barath will be honored by the School of Public Health and Delta Omega Gamma Zeta for her poster "Health Matters: Where do Mid-Shore Residents Go For Care?" The honor will be extended on May 14th, 2018 at the School of Public Health's Delta Omega Gamma Zeta Reception from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Her poster has also been nominated for the national 2018 Delta Omega poster session.
→ Priscilla Novak has advanced as a semi-finalist for The Data Incubator's Data Science Fellowship. Fewer than one in four candidates make it to this stage. The Data Incubator's Data Science Fellowship is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares the best scientists and engineers with advanced degrees to work as data scientists and quants. It identifies Fellows who already have the 90% difficult-to-learn skills and equips them with the last 10%: the tools and technology stack that make them self-sufficient, productive contributors.
→ Dr. Eric Slade to give the seminar at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health, May 3rd, 2018 at 12 PM in the Friedgen Student Lounge. Dr. Eric Slade serves as the Director of the Division of Psychiatric Services Research in the Department of Psychiatry and as Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He will be joining JHK in the fall. Most of this research has focused on empirically evaluating the impacts of mental health care policies, programs, and services. He currently directs two NIH-funded research studies of Maryland’s 2014 hospital payment reform and its effects on psychiatric care practices, health outcomes, and health care costs.
→ Seminar: Project SMILE: Seminar on Mental Health Care
Date: April 2, 2018
Location: University of Maryland School of Public Health Friedgen Family Student Lounge, Room 2236
Presenters: Dr. David Marcozzi, Dr. Howard Goldman, Dr. Charles Reynolds, Dr. Luisa Franzini, and Dr. Jie Chen
Description: Dr. Jie Chen hosted a seminar on Project SMILE (System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity). The objective of the project is to examine the current state of the extent and variation in integrated care coordination between hospitals, communities, and public health agencies among African American and Latino patients with mental illness and how these coordination practices impact racial and ethnic disparities in health. (event flyer)
1st Place: Deanna Barath, UMD SPH Department of Health Services Administration
Title: Health Matters: Where do Mid-Shore Residents Go For Care?
Honorable Mention: Priscilla Novak, UMD SPH Department of Health Services Administration
Title: Hospital Care Coordination to Connect to Behavioral Health Services
→ Publication: Local Health Departments Prevent Hospitalizations
Author: Deanna Barath
Journal/Date: Public Health Post. March 19, 2018
→ Webinar: Integrating Public Health in Mental Health Care – Evidence on Readmission, Preventable Hospitalization, and Health Disparity
Presenter: Dr. Jie Chen
Date: March 6, 2018
Organization: Washington Sate Hospital Association Safe Table Webinar
→ Dr. Karoline Mortensen to visit University of Maryland's School of Public Health, March 2nd, 2018. Dr. Mortensen is an Associate Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business. Her research interests include health insurance, access, and health care utilization of vulnerable populations, particularly the utilization of Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured; assessing impacts of the Affordable Care Act; and innovative payment mechanisms in Maryland hospitals.
→ Publication: Local Health Departments' Promotion of Mental Health Care and Reductions in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates in Maryland
Authors: Chen, Jie, PhD; Novak, Priscilla; Barath, Deanna; Goldman, Howard; Mortensen, Karoline
Journal/Date: Medical Care. February 2018; 56(2):153–161
→ Publication: Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association With Local Health Department Mental Health Promotion Activities
Authors: Jie Chen, Robin Bloodworth, Priscilla Novak, Benjamin Le Cook, Howard H. Goldman, Michael S. Rendall, Stephen B. Thomas, Charles F. Reynolds III
Journal/Date: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. January 2018; 54(1):103–112
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Study considers role of local health departments in promoting mental health, reducing hospital readmissions
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Low-cost mental health programs prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, reduce health disparities
→ HAPPY Lab research featured in UMD SPH news: Dr. Jie Chen awarded NIH RO1 grant to study impacts of health care coordination on mental health in African American and Latino patients
Effect of Hospital and Community Care Coordination on Health Care Access, Quality, and Equity among Individuals with Risk Factors or Diagnosis of ADRD
1R01AG062315-01A1, 1R56AG062315-01 (Chen, PI)
2018 - 2024
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute of Aging
Role: Principal Investigator
The objective of this project is to determine the best hospital-community care coordination practices that can improve the effective management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD) and co-existing conditions; control/reduce modifiable risk factors of ADRD and administer health care for these diseases in early stages, and eventually promote population health and reduce health disparities.
If you are interested in additional information, please click the Project ADRD page.
Effects of Hospital-Community-Public Health Integration on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health
R01MD011523 (Chen, PI)
Sponsor: NIH- National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Role: Principal Investigator
The objective of the project is to examine the current state of the extent and variation in integrated care coordination between hospitals, communities, and public health agencies (hospital-community-public health) among African American and Latino patients with mental illness and how these coordination practices impact racial and ethnic disparities in health.
If you are interested in additional information, please click the Project SMILE page.
System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity (SMILE)
Explore the Impact of Hospital Payment Models and Care Coordination on ADRD Prevention and Treatment
3R01MD011523-03S1 (Chen, PI)
Sponsor: NIH- National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Role: Principal Investigator
Our primary hypothesis is that appropriately designed hospital payment models (shared savings vs. fee-for-services) can promote hospital-based care coordination (e.g. predictive analytic tools, prospective management, etc.) for ADRD patients who are in need, and the payment models and care coordination can be tailored for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We will use the data infrastructure created from the parent award R01, a multi-level (individual-, hospital-, community-, and state-) data set that has linked hospital payment models and care coordination measures, with hospitals’ discharge data and geographic variations.
If you are interested in additional information, please click the Project SMILE || ADRD Payment page.
Effect of Local Health Departments on Health Care Disparities for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders
R21MH106813-01 (Chen, PI)
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute of Mental Health
Role: Principal Investigator
The objective of this exploratory study is to identify effective local health department activities (i.e., service provisions and health promotion) that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care among individuals with mental disorders, including those with mental disorders and coexisting chronic diseases.
If you are interested in additional information, please click the Project LHD page.
Local Health Departments and Mental Health Care Disparities (LHD)
PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS)
5R24HS022135-02 (Mullins, PI; Chen, Pilot PI)
Pilot Project: Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health and Health Care
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Principal Investigator
This study proposes a patient-centered multi-level activation and empowerment framework, and a mixed-method study design (secondary data analysis using the existing national representative data sets, and the qualitative interviews) to achieve three specific aims:1) to assess how patient activation and empowerment varies by the characteristics of patients, physicians, communities, and the health care system; 2) to identify effective strategies to activate and empower patients with different characteristics, such as demographic and social economic status, health conditions, and cultural backgrounds; 3) to elicit barriers to activate and empower patients through focus group interviews with diverse patients, physicians, and local health department representatives.
If you are interested in additional information, please click the Project PAES page.
Patient Activation and Empowerment Strategies (PAES)
Impact of Payment Reform on Racial Disparities in Hospital Psychiatric Care
5R01MD010255-03 (Slade, PI)
Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland, Lessons Learned from the Mid-Shore Counties
Sponsor: Maryland Health Care Commission
Final Report: Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland
Prince George’s County Health Enterprise Zone Capitol Heights 20743
07/01/2013 – 06/30/2017
Sponsor: Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and the Community Health Resources Commission
Explore the Impact of Hospital Payment Models and Care Coordination on ADRD Prevention and Treatment
People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are at an increased risk for hospitalization, which may not only result in high expenditures but also further destabilize the cognitive status of ADRD patients. There has been a proliferation of alternative payment models to reimburse providers if they provide care coordination for high-risk patients, including the ADRD patients. Our long-term goal is to determine the optimal design of the payment policy to encourage and sustain the hospital-community integration to promote population health and reduce health disparities among people with ADRD risk factors, and improve treatment efficiency and equity among people with ADRD. Funded by the NIHMD R01, we have developed the project “System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity” (SMILE). Our current studies have shown evidence of the effectiveness of care coordination as well as how care coordination varies under differing payment models. Our team, with expertise in healthcare systems, aging, disparities, and ADRD research, is committed to building this pilot project to investigate hospital use and quality among ADRD patients under various combinations of hospital payment models and care coordination strategies. Our primary hypothesis is that appropriately designed hospital payment models (shared savings vs. fee-for services) can promote hospital-based care coordination (e.g. predictive analytic tools, prospective management, etc.) for ADRD patients who are in need, and the payment models and care coordination can be tailored for people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We will use the data infrastructure created from the parent award R01, a multi-level (individual-, hospital-, community-, and state-) data set that has linked hospital payment models and care coordination measures, with hospitals’ discharge data and geographic variations.
Our study aims to (1) provide a comprehensive understanding of health needs and pattern of healthcare use by race and ethnicity among patients with ADRD (to provide evidence on treatment) and ADRD risk factors (to provide evidence on prevention) by considering language barriers, family background, and neighborhood factors that have been less studied in the ADRD disparity research. Identifying such heterogeneous preferences and health needs will provide critical information for future payment and treatment design for people with different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our study also aims to (2) provide evidence for payment design that can encourage the adoption of care coordination to promote treatment effectiveness and continuity for the ADRD population, and engage healthcare providers in promoting population health among people who have risk factors for ADRD. Such findings will serve as a foundation for future studies on payment reforms that target population health, as CMS continues to shift financial incentives from volume to value.
Effect of Hospital and Community Care Coordination on Health Care Access, Quality and Equity among Individuals with Risk Factors or Diagnosis of ADRD
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute of Aging
Co-Investigators: Andrew Fenelon, Charles F. Reynolds III., MinQi Wang, Charles Ma, Luisa Franzini, Eva DuGoff, and Carson Smith.
HAPPY team: Deanna Barath, Aitalohi Amaize, Ivy Benjenk, Asmaa Albaroudi, and Nianyang Wang
Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in ADRD through the integration of local public health departments and health systems is a strategic priority, according to The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease 2019. Such integration is expected to address social determinants of health and promote culturally-valid population health assessments and treatment. Investments in care coordination practices and innovative health care delivery models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), represent an important opportunity for promoting continuity of care for people with ADRD and risk factors for ADRD. There is an urgent need to understand effective care coordination practices for racial and ethnic minority ADRD patients across hospital, community, and public health systems, and how to improve such coordination systematically through innovative health care delivery models. Our long-term goal is to build a hospital-community integrated system that delivers personalized patient-centered care to promote population health and reduce health disparities for people with ADRD and risk factors for ADRD. The objective of this project is to identify hospital-community care coordination practices and the innovative features of health care delivery models that can improve effective management of ADRD; control/reduce modifiable risk factors of; and eventually promote population health and reduce health disparities. Our central hypothesis is that integrating hospital and community care with the support of ongoing policy initiatives that promote the adoption of care coordination, such as ACOs, can significantly improve health care quality and equity. We are particularly interested in understanding how care coordination can improve care quality for racial and ethnic minorities. An additional population of interest is among the hardest-to-reach populations: racial and ethnic minorities who receive federal housing assistance (through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)) and who may have experienced periods of homelessness. We aim to identify hospital-community care coordination practices that can improve quality of care, reduce health care costs, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities (Aim 1); determine the extent to which ACO models can promote care coordination practices and reduce disparities among Medicare beneficiaries with ADRD and beneficiaries who are at an increased risk for ADRD (Aim 2); and estimate the impact of care coordination practices and ACO models on health care quality and disparities reduction among HUD-assisted populations with ADRD and populations who are at an increased risk for ADRD (Aim 3). Our aims are formulated on the basis of our preliminary findings produced under current NIA support (R56AG062315). The results of our study are expected to provide evidence on cost-effective care coordination practices that can make care integration sustainable for racial and ethnic minority populations, and break down longstanding silos and bridge the gap between hospitals, health care providers, and the public health system for people with ADRDs and risk factors of ADRDs.
System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity (SMILE)
Mental illness is a major public health concern in the U.S. and a significant source of morbidity and mortality. Racial and ethnic minority patients experience disproportionate burdens of common physical health conditions associated with mental illness, largely due to the lack of health care access and social stigma. Effectively treating mental illness and the associated conditions will depend on a comprehensive approach that crosses health systems and policies, such as the Community Benefit State Laws, to target “Population Health” and emphasize the value of social determinants of health. However, the current mental health care system works in a silo, and evidence of care coordination on health disparities is lacking.
The objective of the project is to examine the current state of the extent and variation in integrated care coordination between hospitals, communities, and public health agencies (hospital-community- public health) among African American and Latino patients with mental illness and how these coordination practices impact racial and ethnic disparities in health.
Aim 1: Determine the effects of Community Benefit State Laws on racial and ethnic disparities in health care access, quality, and costs among people with mental illness.
Aim 2: Identify variations in hospital-based adoption of care coordination practices (medical services and community partnerships) and their correlation with patient and community level socio-demographics, local public health resources, and the extent of community benefit law implementation.
Aim 3: Determine the impact of care coordination practices between hospitals, communities, and public health agencies on racial and ethnic disparities in health care and health outcomes for people with mental illness.
Using Health Information Technology to Improve Community Care Coordination and Reduce Racial Ethnic Mental Health Disparities
Investigator: Devlon N. Jackson, PhD, MPH (She/Her/Hers)
Assistant Research Professor & Healthy Me/Mi Salud Project Director
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
Maryland Center for Health Equity
University of Maryland, School of Public Health
Individuals living with behavioral health issues such as mental illness tend to have higher rates of physical chronic health conditions. Health information technology (HIT) presents an opportunity to enhance care coordination between hospitals and behavioral healthcare providers by yielding a more holistic perspective of the patient. Research has found that there is a significant association between local health departments that provide mental health preventive care and a reduction in preventable hospitalizations of persons living with mental health conditions. Studies show that HIT activities are the underlying foundation of local health departments’ activities such as disease surveillance, community resource assessment, and vital statistics which allows them to better serve and understand their patient population. The parent grant for this supplement focuses on leveraging hospital-community-public partnerships to improve care coordination for racial and ethnic minorities who disproportionately experience mental illness and physical health conditions. The goal of this study is to examine the system-level care coordination among hospitals, communities, and public health agencies (i.e. local public health departments), and to estimate its impacts on unmet health care needs in African American and Latino patients with mental illness. Dr. Devlon N. Jackson proposes work that will complement this parent grant by further exploring how HIT can improve care coordination for Latinos and African Americans living with chronic health conditions and mental health disorders. The proposed diversity supplement has two specific aims: Aim 1) Determine the association between local public health department HIT activities on supporting hospitals in reducing readmissions, preventable hospitalizations, and ED visits of Latino and African American individuals living with mental health disorders; and Aim 2) Identify the challenges and successes among providers implementing HIT in coordinating care for persons living with mental illness. In this diversity supplement we are proposing to determine how HIT can improve care coordination for Latinos and African Americans living with chronic health conditions and mental health disorders. Dr. Jackson will have the opportunity to further explore how HIT can support healthcare providers in improving the health of health disparity populations suffering from or at-risk for chronic health conditions at the consumer- and provider-level.
Local Health Departments and Mental Health Care Disparities (LHD)
Evidence demonstrates the cost effectiveness of improving health care for patients with coexisting MHDs and other diseases through the integration of individual and organizational factors, yet there remains a gap in our knowledge about how to best accomplish the integration of Local Health Departments (LHDs) with the communities they serve. The objective of this study is to identify effective LHD activities that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care for individuals with MHDs, including those with MHDs and coexisting chronic diseases. Our central hypothesis is that LHDs’ service provision and health promotion can reduce disparities. Specifically, we assess the effect of LHD activities on health care for individuals with MHDs, and the effect of LHD activities on racial and ethnic disparities (African American vs. White; Latino vs. White) in mental health care. Given that MHDs are common comorbidities of major chronic diseases, we will assess the effect of LHD activities on racial and ethnic disparities in general health care for individuals with coexisting MHDs and other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Results of this exploratory study will generate substantial amounts of new evidence and insights about how to utilize LHDs’ resources to integrate the care for individuals with MHDs, and to what extent the resources of LHDs can be used, or should be expanded, to improve mental health.
Notes: LHDs: Local Health Departments. The model is adapted from social ecological model (McLeroy et al. 1988, Stokols 1996), and the CDC Public Health Action Plan 2011.
Chen J, Bloodworth R, Novak P, Cook B, Howard G, Rendall M, Thomas S, and Reynolds C. Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association with LHD Mental Health Promotion Activities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In Press.
Patient Activation and Empowerment Strategies (PAES)
Under the ongoing health care reform, activating and empowering patients in their own health and health care has become a priority for policy makers to improve the efficiency and quality of the health care delivery system. Evidence on effectiveness of patient activation and empowerment interventions, however, is limited. The long-term goal of this subproject is to develop culturally designed personalized interventions to activate and empower patients in their own health and health care. PCOR can only be optimized or truly patient-centered if the core of the research, patients, can actively participate in the treatments and take responsibilities for their own health. Designing culturally-sensitive personalized interventions will be critical to sustaining patients’ involvement in their treatment, develop patients’ abilities to manage their health, help patients to express concerns and preferences of the treatment, empower patients to ask questions about treatment options, and build up strategic patient-physician partnership through shared decision making. This research project is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of patient activation and empowerment strategies (PAES) for diverse patient populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. It provides direct evidence for our further research, i.e., developing personalized PAES. To achieve this, we propose a patient-centered multi-level activation and empowerment framework. Based on this framework, we will carry out quantitative secondary data analysis and focus group interviews to achieve three specific aims:
Aim 1: To assess how patient activation and empowerment varies by patients’ characteristics (age, gender, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, chronic diseases, or other health conditions), physician-patient relationship (communication, physician patient language concordance, trust), community characteristics (social support, neighborhood, local health department) and the health care system (health care access, insurance).
Aim 2: To identify effective PAES for patients with different characteristics, such as demographic and social economic status, health conditions, and cultural backgrounds. We are particularly interested in identifying and quantifying strategies that can activate and empower patients with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and strategies that can reduce health disparities among different racial and ethnic groups.
Aim 3: To elicit barriers of activating and empowering patients via focus group interviews with diverse patient groups, physicians, and local health department representatives.
Chen J, Mullins D, Novak P, Thomas S. Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health Care and Reduce Health Disparities. Health Education & Behavior 2016; 43(1): 25-34.
Liz Jansky and Jennifer Huang
Senior Study Directors
CRSS Work Assignment Lead
1600 Research Blvd. WB428 | Rockville, MD 20850
Please click on the topic areas below to view publications by HAPPY lab researchers:
Health care system and coordination
Benjenk I*, Shields M, Chen J. Exploring the Association between “30-Day All-Cause Unplanned Readmission after Psychiatric Hospitalization” Rates and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Care Coordination Measures. Psychiatric Services. In Press.
Barath D*, Amaize A*, Chen J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Patients with Depression – Evidence on Accountable Care Organizations and Care Coordination. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Available online 23 April 2020
Benjenk I*, Chen J. We Don’t Accept Insurance: Trends in Self-Payment for Outpatient Psychiatric Visits. JAMA Psychiatry. In Press.
Barath D*, Chen J. Integrating Local Health Departments to Reduce Suicide-Related Emergency Department Visits among People with Substance Use Disorders. Preventive Medicine. 2019 Dec;129:105825.
Benjenk I*, Franzini L, Chen J. Evidence of the Linkage between Hospital-based Care Coordination Strategies and Hospital Overall (Star) Ratings. Medical Care. 2020; 58(1):18-26.
Anderson A*, Chen J. ACO Affiliated Hospitals Increase Implementation of Care Coordination Strategies. Medical Care. 2019;57(4):300-304.
Benjenk I*, Buchongo P*, Martinez S*, Amaize A*, Chen J. Overcoming the dual stigma of mental illness and aging: Preparing new nurses to care for the mental health needs of older adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019; 27(2):138-148.
Novak P*, Ali M, Feder K, Chen J. Treatment Utilization and Barriers to Treatment among Individuals with Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness in the United States. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. In Press.
Linman S*, Benjenk I*, Chen J. The Medical Home Infrastructure of Primary Care Practices that Care for Adults with Severe Psychological Distress: A Cross-Sectional Study. BMC Health Services Research. 19, 21(2019). Published 09 January 2019.
Kozhimannil K, Dowd B, Novak P*, Chen J, Ali M. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Admissions and State-Level Prenatal Substance Use Policies: Evidence from a National Treatment Database. Addictive Behaviors. 2019 Mar; 90:272-277.
Chen J, DuGoff E, Novak P*, Wang M. Variation of Hospital-Based Adoption of Care Coordination Services by Community-Level Social Determinants of Health. Health Care Management Review. 2018 Nov 27; 10.1097.
Bloodworth R*, Chen J, Mortensen K. Variation of Preventive Service Utilization by State Medicaid Coverage, Cost-Sharing, and Medicaid Expansion Status. Preventive Medicine. 2018 Oct; 115:97-103.
Benjenk I*, Chen J. Variation of Follow-Up Rate after Psychiatric Hospitalization by Hospital Characteristics and Social Determinants of Health. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019 Feb; 27(2):138-148.
Benjenk I*, Chen J. Finding Disparities in the Stars: Using the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System to Identify Disparities in Nursing Home Quality for Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Published April 20, 2018; 26(6),655-656.
Novak P*, Chen J. Subsyndromal Depression among People Aged 85+ Linked to Higher Monthly Healthcare Spending. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018 Jul;26(7):752-753. Epub 2018 May 7.
Benjenk I*, Chen J. Effective Mental Health Interventions to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates: A Systematic Review. Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy. 2018 Sept;2:45. Epub 2018 Sept 12.
Novak P*, Andrew A*, Chen J. Changes in Health Insurance Coverage and Barriers to Health Care Access among Individuals with Serious Psychological Distress following the Affordable Care Act. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2018 Nov;45(6):924-932.
Novak P*, Bloodworth R*, Green K, Chen J. Local Health Departments Activities to Reduce Emergency Visits for Substance Use Disorders. Journal of Health Care Quality. May/Jun 2019;41(3):134-145.
Chen J, Novak P*, Goldman H. Public Health System Delivered Mental Health Preventive Care Links to Significant Reduction of Health Care Costs. Population Health Management. 2018 Dec;21(6):462-268.
Chen J, Bloodworth R, Novak P, Cook B, Howard G, Rendall M, Thomas S, and Reynolds C. Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association with LHD Mental Health Promotion Activities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;54(1):103-112.
Chen J, Novak P*, Barath D*, Goldman H, Mortenson K. Local Health Departments' Promotion of Mental Health Care and Reductions in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates in Maryland. Medical Care. 2018;56(2):153-161.
Nair S, Chen J. Improving Quality of Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers through Ambulatory Care Accreditation. Journal for Healthcare Quality. Sep/Oct 2018;40(5):301-309.
Chen J. Evaluating the Cost of Mental Illness: A Call for Cost-Effective Care Coordination Model. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2016; 25: 142-143.
Chen J, Mullins D, Novak P, Thomas S. Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health Care and Reduce Health Disparities. Health Education & Behavior 2016; 43(1): 25-34.
Chen J. Mortensen K, Bloodworth R. Exploring Contextual Factors and Patient Activation: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Sample of Patients with Depression. Health Education & Behavior 2014; 41(6):614-624.
Mortensen K, Perman C, Chen J. Innovative Payment Mechanisms in Maryland Hospitals: An Empirical Analysis of Readmissions under Total Patient Revenue. Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation 2014; 2(3):177-183.
Wang N*, Albaroudi A*, Chen J. Decomposing Urban and Rural Disparities of Preventable ED Visits among Community-dwelling Patients' with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias --- Evidence of the Availability of Health Care Resources. Journal of Rural Health. In Press.
Alberto C*, Martinez-Donate A, Pintor J, Chen J, Ortega A. Health Care Access and Utilization for Latino Youth in the United States: The Role of Maternal Citizenship and Distress. Medical Care. 2020 Jun;58(6):541-548.
Park S, Chen J, Roby D, Ortega A. Differences in Health Care Expenditures Among Non-Latino Whites and Asian Subgroups Vary Along the Distribution of the Expenditures. Medical Care Research and Review. 2019 Sept 15. Online ahead of print.
Park S, Roby DH, Kemmick Pintor J, Stimpson JP, Chen J, McKenna RM, Ortega AN. Insurance Coverage and Health Care Utilization among Asian American Children before and after the Affordable Care Act. Academic Pediatrics. 2019 Nov 13. pii: S1876-2859(19)30454-1.
Bustamante A, McKenna R, Ortega A, Chen J. The Role of Legal Status in Explaining Access to Care Differences between Mexican and Non-Mexican Latinos after the ACA Implementation. Health Affairs. Published online 1 September 2018.
Bustamante A, Chen J, McKenna R, Ortega A. Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Immigrants in the U.S. after the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2019; 21(2):211-218.
Kemmick J, Chen J, Alcalá H, Langellier B, McKenna R, Roby D, Ortega A. Insurance Coverage and Utilization Improve for Latino Youth but Disparities by Heritage Group Persist Following the ACA. Medical Care. 2018;56(11):927-933.
Hu T, Mortensen K, Chen J. Medicaid Managed Care in Florida and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Preventable Emergency Department Visits. Medical Care. 2018.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Novak P. Reducing Young Adults’ Health Care Spending through the ACA Expansion of Dependents’ Coverage. Health Services Research 2017; 52(5): 1835-1857.
Novak P*, Williams K*, Chen J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities among the Remaining Uninsured Young Adults after The ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 2017; 4(4): 607-614.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Tom S. Health Care Spending and Utilization by Race/Ethnicity under the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Expansion. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105:S499-507.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Mortensen K, Ortega A. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Access and Utilization under the Affordable Care Act. Medical Care 2016; 54(2):140-146.
Ali M, Chen J, Mutter R, Novak P, Mortensen K. The ACA's Dependent Coverage Expansion and Out- of-Pocket Spending by Young Adults with Behavioral Health Conditions. Psychiatric Services 2016; 67(9):977-982
Mortensen K, Chen J. The Great Recession and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Services Utilization. JAMA Internal Medicine 2013; 173(4): 315-317.
Mental health disparities
Novak P, Chen J. Antidepressant Use and Costs among Low Education and Low-Income People with Serious Psychological Distress in 2014- Evidence from the Health Care Reform. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research 2017;8(3):159-167.
Cook BL, Zuvekas SH, Chen J, Progovac A, Lincoln AK. Assessing the Individual, Neighborhood, and Policy Predictors of Disparities in Mental Health Care. Medical Care Research and Review 2017;74(4): 404-430.
Chen J, Dagher R. Gender and Race/Ethnicity Differences in Mental Health Care Use during the Great Recession 2007-2009. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 2016; 43(2):187-199.
Chen J, Rizzo J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Antidepressant Drug Use. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 2008; 11:155-165.
Chen J, Rizzo J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Psychotherapy Services-- Evidence from U.S. National Survey Data. Psychiatric Services 2010; 61: 364-372.
Data analysis and methods
Anderson A*, Akre E*, Chen J. Exploring National Trends of Patient and Family Centered Care among US Children. Journal of Child Health Care. 2018 Jan.
Rodriguez H, Chen J, Edusei K, Suh A, Bekemeier B. Local Public Health System Influences on the Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 9 (102): 1773–1781.
King C, Chen J, Dagher R, Holt C, Thomas S. Decomposing Differences in Medical Care Access among Cancer Survivors by Race and Ethnicity. American Journal of Medical Quality 2015; 30(5):459- 469.
Chen J, O’Brien M, Mennis J, Alos V, Grande D, Roby DH, Ortega AN. Latino Population Growth and Hospital Uncompensated Care Cost. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105:1710-1717.
Ammerman R, Chen J, Mallow P, Rizzo J, Folger A, Van Ginkel J. Burden of Illness Study of Depressed “At Risk” Mothers Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016; 190:386-394.
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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
1996- 2016 (updated annually)
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States.
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has monitored the health of the nation since 1957. NHIS data on a broad range of health topics are collected through personal household interviews. For over 50 years, the U.S. Census Bureau has been the data collection agent for the National Health Interview Survey. Survey results have been instrumental in providing data to track health status, health care access, and progress toward achieving national health objectives.
Notes: MEPS is a follow survey of NIHS; MEPS and NHIS can be linked for each survey year
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a family of databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by AHRQ. HCUP databases are derived from administrative data and contain encounter-level, clinical and nonclinical information including all- listed diagnoses and procedures, discharge status, patient demographics, and charges for all patients, regardless of payer (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, uninsured), beginning in 1988. These databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, State, and local market levels.
National Readmission Database (NRD)
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) is designed to collect data on the utilization and provision of ambulatory care services in hospital emergency and outpatient departments. Findings are based on a national sample of visits to the emergency departments and outpatient departments of noninstitutional general and short-stay hospitals.
To monitor state-level prevalence of the major behavioral risks among adults associated with premature morbidity and mortality.
Current Population Survey (CPS)
The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS is the source of numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and provides data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. The CPS also collects extensive demographic data that complement and enhance our understanding of labor market conditions in the nation overall, among many different population groups, in the states and in substate areas.
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics – (PSID)
The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individuals living in 5,000 families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics. The PSID is directed by faculty at the University of Michigan, and the data are available on this website without cost to researchers and analysts.
Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years.
National Survey of Child Health (NSCH)
The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) touches on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives. The survey includes physical and mental health status, access to quality health care, as well as information on the child’s family, neighborhood and social context.
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32. Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood. The fourth wave of interviews expanded the collection of biological data in Add Health to understand the social, behavioral, and biological linkages in health trajectories as the Add Health cohort ages through adulthood.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. Both the report and detailed tables present national estimates of the prevalence of past year mental disorders and past year mental health service utilization for youths aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 18 or older. Among adults, estimates presented include rates and numbers of persons with any mental illness (AMI), serious mental illness (SMI), suicidal thoughts and behavior, major depressive episode (MDE), treatment for depression (among adults with MDE), and mental health service utilization.
American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.
American Hospital Association Surveys
Annual survey and sub-surveys
Annual surveys 30 years till recent 2017 survey
Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)
“The MCBS Survey File public use file (MCBS PUF) provides a publically available MCBS file for researchers interested in the health, health care use, access to and satisfaction with care for Medicare beneficiaries, while providing the very highest degree of protection to the Medicare beneficiaries’ protected health information. The MCBS PUF is prepared from data collected from community dwelling Medicare beneficiaries and contains standard demographic variables, such as age categories, race/ethnicity and gender, as well as information about health conditions, access to and satisfaction with care, type of insurance coverage, and information on utilization, such as the number of fee-for-service claims per beneficiary for certain health care event types. The MCBS PUF is available free for download, along with its accompanying documentation here on the MCBS PUF page. This file is released approximately 3 months after the MCBS Survey File is available.”
MCBS Survey File
MCBS Cost Supplement File
National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)
“NEDSS helps connect the healthcare system to public health departments and those health departments to CDC by
National Profile of Local Health Departments (2008 -2016)
“Since NACCHO conducts this survey regularly, Profile data can provide a clear picture of how LHD infrastructure, partnerships, and programs have changed over time. For example, since 2008 an estimated 43,000 LHD employees have been lost from the workforce, representing 22% of the LHD workforce in 2008. Additionally, the percent of LHDs reporting formal partnerships with healthcare, community-based, and government partners decreased between 2008 and 2016.
New Profile data also show that a larger proportion of LHDs provide population-based programs and services and a smaller proportion provide clinical services compared to 2008. In addition, LHD participation in community health assessments, community health improvement plans, and strategic plans within the past five years (a requirement for Public Health Accreditation) has increased over time, from 20% completing all three processes in 2010 to 44% completing all three in 2016.
The Profile is a critical resource for NACCHO, policymakers, LHDs, and researchers. To be a credible and effective national voice for LHDs, NACCHO needs up-to-date information about them. NACCHO staff use Profile data to educate congressional and agency staff about how LHDs improve and protect health in communities and about the challenges LHDs face. Local and state health departments use Profile data to compare their agency or agencies within their states to others nationwide. Universities use Profile data to educate the future public health workforce about LHDs and to conduct research about the relationship between public health infrastructure and community health outcomes. Profile data also helps highlight challenges faced by LHDs and differences between small, medium and large LHD”
Geographic Variation and State Policy
Dartmouth Atlas Project
For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information
and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America
This data collection reflects Medicaid benefits covered in each state, limitations applied to those benefits, cost- sharing charges, and the reimbursement methodologies used for those benefits.
American Community Survey (ACS)
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.
County Health Ranking
The HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) serves as the enterprise repository for HRSA data. The data warehouse integrates this data with external information and data sources, enabling users to gather relevant and meaningful information about health care programs and the populations they serve.
The data warehouse allows users to explore, interact with, and export data through charts, maps, reports, analyzer and locator tools, data downloads and data services, and widgets.
The HDW is used by the public, HRSA professionals, grantees, health care providers and other audiences interested in HRSA’s public health services and information.
The UDS Mapper: 2017 Uniform Data System (UDS): https://www.udsmapper.org/
Claims Data Sets
CMS Medicare and Medicaid claims data
(recent year 2017)
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program Turning Cancer Data Into Discovery http://seer.cancer.gov/data/
(recent year 2016)
Health Care Cost Institute
Maryland All Payer Data
The Maryland Medical Care Data Base (MCDB)
Most of the data sets (not RIF claims data) are online or can be downloaded: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/landing.jsp
New data sets for Aging research
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