Health Care Organization and Policy News

White examines likelihood of voluntary sterilization according to race/ethnicity and insurance status

Studies have found that women in low-income and racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to undergo female sterilization and less likely to rely on a male partner’s vasectomy to prevent pregnancy compared with white women and women in higher income groups. However, low-income and minority women often report difficulties obtaining female sterilization after their pregnancy.

Effects of 2011 Tornado Outbreak on Disaster Preparedness Studied by UAB

Dr. Lisa C. McCormick, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham –examined the effects of a tornado disaster on the personal preparedness of local residents to determine to what extent the tornado outbreak experience had altered preparedness awareness, willingness to act, and levels of personal preparedness of residents as measured by possession of a preparedness kit.

Alumni in the News: Texas A&M Researcher Highlights Impact of Secondary Tasks in Driving Performance

Over the last 30 years distracted driving has become a major source of concern for public officials and drivers alike. Whether it is cell phone usage and in-vehicle information systems or passengers, food, or cigarette usage, all non-driving activities have the potential to distract drivers from the task at hand. However, many argue that these ‘distractions’ don’t affect them or that some tasks actually improve their driving abilities. Today we have more researchers than ever who are working to settle that question once and for all.

Dr. White studies variation in postpartum contraceptive methods across states

Although the National Survey of Family Growth—which gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health—has been a primary source for identifying trends in women’s contraceptive use in the United States, national-level data may actually mask differences in contraceptive practice resulting from variations in local policies and norms.

Kulczycki studies effect of civil war on education in Lebanon

Andrzej Kulczycki, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, recently examined the impact of Lebanon's civil war (1975-1991) on disparities in education among the country's main religious sects as well as across various regions.

Becker assesses co-payment increases and use of emergency services

Research suggests that more than half of all emergency department (ED) visits in the United States are for nonurgent conditions, leading to billions of dollars in potentially avoidable spending annually.

Dr. Menachemi and team study overreaching conclusions reported in the literature

Scientific authors who overreach in the obesity and nutrition literature in presenting results can potentially, albeit unintentionally, distort the state of knowledge and inappropriately influence clinicians, decision makers, the media, and the public, Professor Nir Menachemi, PhD, along with department colleagues set out to determine the extent to which such statements are reported as well as whether journal, author, or study characteristics are associated with this practice.

Preskitt honored with Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum

Julie K. Preskitt, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, has won the 2013 Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum for her submission “Fundamentals II: Application of Essential MCH Skills.”

The Affordable Care Act: Goals and Mechanisms

The HRSA-funded Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota just released a 36-page publication that addresses these questions:

  • What are the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? 
  • What are the primary mechanisms through which the ACA will meet its goals? 
  • What is the potential impact of the ACA on women, children, adolescents, and immigrant families?

Meredith Kilgore and team evaluate reasons for healthcare expenditures before and after fracture

Meredith L. Kilgore, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy—as well as department colleagues Associate Professor David J. Becker, PhD, and Professor Michael A. Morrisey, PhD, along with Professor Elizabeth S. Delzell, MSPH, SD, and Statistician II Tarun Arora, MS, of the Department of Epidemiology—assessed explanations of healthcare expenditures before and after the occurrence of fractures among Medicare beneficiaries.


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