Sep 17, 2020
Social and Behavioral Policy Publications
We provide new evidence on causal factors behind geographic variation in health care utilization by examining changes in health care use for the near-elderly as they transition from being uninsured into Medicare.
Reducing Tobacco Use Among Young People Experiencing Homelessness: Recommendations for Service Providers 2021
Rates of cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products (e.g., e-cigarettes or vapes) among youth experiencing homelessness are extremely high. This manual contains an easy-to-use guide for service providers to deliver brief and inexpensive assistance to youth experiencing homelessness who want to stop using tobacco products.
Rapid Mixed-Methods Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on Latinx Sexual Minority Men and Latinx Transgender Women 2021
A rapid, mixed-methods assessment to understand how COVID-19 affected Latinx sexual minority men (LSMM) and transgender women (LTGW).
Longitudinal Assessment of Changes in Mental and Sexual Health Outcomes Due to COVID-19 Among Latinx SMM and TGW 2021
This study provides longitudinal information on how COVID-19 is impacting the mental and sexual health of Latinx SMM and TGW across Los Angeles County.
Poor birth and infant outcomes and pronounced racial disparities persist in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, despite robust maternal and child health and social service systems. The authors use predictive models of which interventions women are likely to participate in, develop a causal inference framework to estimate the effectiveness of those interventions, and reveal how that effectiveness varies for women with different risk and other factors.
Quantifying the Bias Due to Observed Individual Confounders in Causal Treatment Effect Estimates: A Tutorial for the Selection Bias Decomposition (SBdecomp) Package 2020
In this tool, the authors explain the methodology behind the primary function of the selection bias decomposition (SBdecomp) package; describe its features, syntax and how to implement the function; and illustrate its use with an example. The package allows researchers to identify the most important observed confounder(s) in accounting for observed selection bias.
In-depth interviews with 8th grade students in a suburban, mid-Atlantic community portray adolescent mental health attitudes and how these views are shaped.
Do Income Supplemental Programs for Older Adults' Help Reduce Primary Caregiver Burden? Evidence from Mexico 2020
This article analyzes the effects of a supplemental income program for older adults on primary caregiver burden, in Yucatan, Mexico.
Community-level foreclosures are associated with a faster decline in individual cognition at older ages, with implications for the cognitive health of older adults.
Food Insecurity, Participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Degree to Which Patients Anticipate Help from Clinics to Find Food in Los Angeles County 2020
Healthcare clinics are uniquely positioned to screen for food insecurity and refer patients to food resources. This is an exploratory analysis informing low-income clinics' efforts to intervene on food insecurity in their patient population.