Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

By now the concept of a ‘food desert’ has become a common term in diet and obesity research: it is a place where few grocery stores or healthy food options are accessible to residents, and as a result may cause obesity or other health problems. Using the same concept, what if instead we focused on health behaviors and outcomes for those who live in ‘doctor deserts’, in areas where there are...

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Spatial Access Stratification: A New Dimension in Population Health

With the healthcare landscape changing from fee-for-service to fee-for-value models, healthcare provider systems (hospitals, clinics, independent physician associations, etc.) are now more than ever under pressure to effectively manage the health and cost outcomes of their given populations. Under such models, providers are not only providing healthcare service to the patients, but also...

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Healthcare Cost Cutting Initiatives on the Rise in 2015

The National Business Group on Health recently surveyed employers representing 7.5 million workers and the findings are in: higher deductibles and wellness programs are heavily on the rise. Specifically, the survey found: 81% of employers are planning to introduce high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to their benefits package offerings (a 9% rise from the previous year) 32% of employers will...

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