Healthy Populations and Communities
Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND Health has examined many of these influences, addressing difficult questions such as:
Are cigarette displays in stores and those ubiquitous alcohol ads really influencing behavior?
How does legalizing marijuana affect consumption, tax revenue, and law enforcement?
In the U.S. and around the world, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Why are people getting fatter and what can be done about it?
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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. RAND Health leads comprehensive research efforts to better understand all sides of this epidemic.
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More than 60% of U.S. adults with a mental illness do not obtain the treatment they need. Religious congregations appear to be filling some of this void: nearly one in four provide some type of mental health programming.
Opening a supermarket in a 'food desert' caused little improvement in the availability of healthy foods, challenging the underpinnings of policies such as the Healthy Food Financing Initiative.
Nurse-designed models of care advance a Culture of Health through inclusion, collaboration, and social support. While strong leadership and community support are key to their success, identifying sustainable funding is a challenge.
Through stakeholder interviews, RAND researchers explored how incentives can be used to promote individual health and engage investors, organizational leaders, and governments to promote health and well-being.
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Defining and Measuring a Culture of Health
Development of measures to capture the drivers, determinants, and outcomes of a culture of health, which promotes individual and community wellbeing, creates environments prioritizing health, and supports access for health lifestyles and quality health care.
Characteristics of High-Performing Hospitals Serving Low SES Populations
Advising CMS about strategies used by hospitals serving a predominantly low SES population that are also high-performers on the CMS readmission measures.
Evaluating the Housing for Health Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Analyses to help the L.A. County Department of Health Services evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Housing for Health Permanent Supportive Housing Program, which provides permanent supportive housing, recuperative care, and specialized primary care to homeless DHS patients with complex physical and behavioral health conditions.