1. Stigma as a Fundamental Cause of Population Health Inequalities

    Bodies of research pertaining to specific stigmatized statuses have typically developed in separate domains and have focused on single outcomes at 1 level of analysis, thereby obscuring the full significance of stigma as a fundamental driver of population health. In this article the authors provide illustrative evidence on the health...
  2. Rural Children Experience Different Rates of Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

    Using data on children ages 5-17 from the 2002-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), this study examines 2 research questions: Do patterns of children’s mental health diagnosis and service use (e.g., office visits and psychotropic medications) differ by rural-urban residence? What is the effect of income and insurance type on...
  3. Study of Veterans Finds Links Between Outdoor Activities, Improved Mental Health

    Veterans participating in extended outdoor group recreation show signs of improved mental health, suggesting a link between the activities and long-term psychological well-being, according to results of a new University of Michigan study. 98 veterans were surveyed before and after a multi-day wilderness recreation experience, which involved camping and hiking...
  4. Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures

    Integrated behavioral health care is an emerging field with the potential to improve health outcomes for patients and health care delivery within practices. Integrated behavioral health care can systematically enhance a primary care practice’s ability to effectively address behavioral health issues that naturally emerge in the primary care, prevent fragmentation...
  5. Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health

    The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to be a resource to help those interested in holding a conversation about mental health. It is comprised of three parts described below, that will help communities and groups plan and facilitate a dialogue about mental health. Information Brief |...
  6. African-Americans, Latinos Receive Less Adequate Mental Health Care than Whites

    Blacks and Latinos receive less adequate mental health care than Whites, finds a study titled Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Treatment across Episodes of Mental Health Care. “We found that Blacks and Latinos in care, including using outpatient services and filling psychotropic drugs, for a shorter time than whites,” said lead...
  7. PTSD, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Detained Youth

    This bulletin by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a prospective longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. The authors discuss their findings on the prevalence of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...