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Realizing the Dream for Californians Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Health Needs and Access to Health Care
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Realizing the Dream for Californians Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Health Needs and Access to Health Care

In this report, DACA youth indicate that they often either avoid care completely or seek care outside of the mainstream medical system, except in instances of serious health need. Key barriers to accessing care include cost, limited health care literacy, difficulty navigating the health care system, mistrust of the health care system and its providers, and fear of deportation for themselves or their family members. In this report, recommendations to improve health and access to care are suggested for health care providers, community-based organizations, policymakers and private and public funders.

This article was taken from UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, February 2014


How are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States working to improve adolescent health care?

The third Evaluation Highlight from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s national evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant program describes the actions states have taken to enhance adolescent health care, the barriers these states have encountered, and strategies for addressing these barriers.

This article was taken from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, August 2013


Data for the New Pertussis Booster Law

Pertussis data by county:

Statewide Pertussis immunization rates in teens:


This article was taken from California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Sociodemographic Correlates of Allostatic Load

In this national study of over 8,000 adolescents, allostatic load increased with age, was higher for blacks than whites or Mexican-Americans, and was higher among adolescents of lower socioeconomic status. Although black adolescents had higher allostatic load for all ages, the relative advantage of whites and Mexican-Americans declined with age.


This article was taken from Journal of Adolescent Health, June 2013


Medical Home for Adolescents: Low Attainment Rates for Those with Mental Health Problems and Other Vulnerable Groups

This 2012 study by researchers in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine examined the current rates of medical home attainment for adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children and adolescents receive care in a medical home, which the AAP defines as an environment in which care is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, and cultural effective. The Affordable Care Act also supports many aspects of the medical home. Prior research has found a positive relationship between medical home components and positive health outcomes.

Data from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health was used, consisting of responses from 45,897 adolescents ages 10-17.

The analyses showed barely half of adolescents received care in a medical home (54%) in 2007. Rates are even lower for adolescents with mental health problems, especially those who have both mental health and physical health problems. Other groups with low rates include lower-income, minority and uninsured youth. Scroll down to the interactive graphs for more details on the findings!

The authors recommend that efforts be focused on improving care coordination and family-centered care, especially for adolescents who are disadvantaged and/or suffer from mental health conditions.


This article was taken from National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, April 2013


Health Snapshot – Hispanic Adolescents in the United States

Our nation’s adolescents are becoming increasingly diverse, and this trend will continue in the decades to come.  Today, more than one in five youth between the ages of 10 and 19 in the United States is Hispanic.  By 2020, that figure will rise to approximately one in four and, by 2040, nearly one in three adolescents will be Hispanic. The Office of Adolescent Health, in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health, offers a snapshot of how Hispanic adolescents are faring on a range of critical health indicators.


This article was taken from Office of Adolescent Health, March 2013


In Their Own Words: Youth Perspectives on Health Care

This background paper by the Office of Adolescent Health summarizes key findings from previous research on adolescents’ perspectives and experiences related to health and healthy development. The published research includes the voices of youth from a wide range of backgrounds, families, and communities.


This article was taken from Office of Adolescent Health, February 2013


Affordable Care Act publications by the National Health Law Program

NHeLP released two new publications explaining how the Affordable Care Act will increase access to contraceptives for women. Section 2713 of the ACA requires that new insurance plans cover a number of women’s preventive health services, without cost-sharing, including all FDA-approved methods of contraception. In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has clarified that these preventive services are also part of the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package that must be included for individuals newly eligible for Medicaid, in the Basic Health Program, and in plans sold through the exchanges. Read NHeLP’s issue brief on the preventive services standards and contraceptive coverage here. Read NHeLP’s short summary chart on the preventive health requirements here. The contraceptive coverage requirement has attracted strong opposition from the Catholic Church, which is advocating for a very broad refusal clause that would deny hundreds of thousands of women access to contraceptives. NHeLP is actively engaged in preserving these critical services. Click here to read NHeLP’s issue brief on health care refusals and contraception.

This article was taken from National Health Law Program


Affordable Care Act Upheld by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. upheld the heart of President Obama’s healthcare law Thursday, ruling that the government may impose tax penalties on those who do not have health insurance.

The decision came on a 5-4 vote, with the court’s four liberal justices joining with the chief justice.

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This article was taken from Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2012


Blueprints for Education Reform: Have You Analyzed the Architects’ Vision?

Blueprints for education reform have become trendy. Over the last few year, President Obama, governors, chief state school officers, local superintendents’ associations, policy institutes, foundations, and business leaders have formulated such documents to guide school improvement. This brief highlights:

  • The focus of current blueprints
  • What’s missing in most of the plans
  • An expanded vision that directly addresses barriers to learning and teaching
  • Cautions that
    • More is involved than improving coordination and services
    • More is involved than specifying adoption of a community school approach

This article was taken from Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, June 2012



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