Dually Noted from around the web

February 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Community Catalyst on socioeconomics and health
On its blog, Community Catalyst examines recent studies on the socioeconomic factors that influence health outcomes. Given that factors such as food, housing, employment/working conditions, gender, and culture have a profound impact on health, the blog says “it will be essential to move health care dollars from the delivery of medical care into areas that address upstream health factors.”

For more on socioeconomics and health outcomes, listen to our Dually Heard podcast, featuring Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Chief Medical Officer Toyin Ajayi.

Seeking better ways to describe addiction
Advocates for individuals with addiction issues are looking for better words to describe addiction. Words such as “junkie,” “addict,” and “substance abuser” are considered judgmental, and they can stigmatize individuals, causing them to avoid getting medical care. For this reason, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Academies of Science are studying “which words promote stigma and which alternatives hold meaning for the public.”

As Massachusetts gets older
At the end of the 2016, there will be more Massachusetts residents age 60 and older than residents age 20 and younger. To care for this aging population, David Stevens, executive director of the MA Association of Councils on Aging, says that there will be a “sea change in terms of service, response and needs in many towns.” With this in mind, agencies and advocates are working to address the two major problems facing the aging population: housing costs and healthcare costs.

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