Student teams of 4 will select a STATE from the short list provided by the instructor.
Each team will carry out STATE specific research on racial & ethnic health disparities and poverty (including the multiple ‘faces’ of poverty such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, employment status, zip code) in order to create a STATE profile BEFORE-ACA (Affordable Care Act), a POST-ACA profile and to formulate a prediction of what the STATE profile might look like in 20 years (by the year 2035).
This exercise requires students to search how many formerly uninsured folks (and their demographic characteristics) have signed up for health insurance via the health insurance exchanges, for example. In order to carry out this assignment well, the student teams will briefly describe and analyze the STATE health care system, key health policies and viable community health initiatives.
States you can choose for this assignment: AZ, OR, WA, MA, SC, CA, TX, MN, WV, MD, ND, MT, NM.
Each team will prepare a 2-page Executive Summary & Bibliography, a 15 minute presentation (12 ppts slides with references and a 2-page Health Equity Policy for their STATE.
SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON STATES
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services State by State Affordable Care Act
- CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Census Data for Eligible Uninsured
- Congressional Budget Office: Effects of Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage–Baseline Projections.
- NACCHO (National Association Of County and City Health Officials)
- Oregon Health Authority
- America’s Health Rankings (ranks states, gives annual data for states, provides strengths/challenges per state)
- Each state has a site for health equity statistics. Use Google to search for “health equity” and state name.
Look for .gov or .us or .state abbreviation websites!
Database Resources for Locating Articles on States:
Locate articles covering your state and health data using our article databases. Look for the magnifying glass icon “articles and more” on the Barber Library webpage OR go directly to these links:
Try our vast selection of health related databases at our Health Sciences Resources webpage.
Also take a look at our psychological, educational and other social sciences databases at our Social Sciences Resources page .
Specific Search Strategies for Databases:
- Try typing in keywords (use truncation command *to serve as a wild card for plurals and various endings.
- Try limiting your search to keywords in article titles (use the pull down menu).
- Try limiting your search to full text and/or peer reviewed (scholarly, academic) articles.
- Try using ” ” for phrases (example: “health equity”).
Demographic Sources and Statistics Resources:
- Statistical Abstract of the United States: comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
- CDC National Center for Health Statistics
- U.S. Census–State and County Quick Facts
- U.S. Census–Poverty Data
CREATING A BIBLIOGRAPHY
“A bibliography or reading list is a collection of resources–these can be websites, articles, books, agencies, etc. Most bibliographies are presented with a particular citation format–that means you list the author, title, publisher or source information, date, and if applicable, web address, in a certain order.
Bibliography Example (APA citation format):