Case Foundation (Washington, DC)
The Case Foundation shared its final Millennial Impact Report with insights from a decade of research focused on understanding how millennials connect, give and involve themselves with social and political causes. This research began over 10 years ago when some were questioning the social impact millennials would have. The work done through the Case Foundation’s Millennial Impact Initiative has surveyed over 150,000 millennials, generating one of the most robust data sets on how millennials engage with causes and social issues to date.
Millennial Impact Report: 10 Years Looking Back leverages the extensive data that the Case Foundation, along with our partner Achieve, gathered to open an important window into how millennials view social change, what they see as effective activism and how they take action. The report provides key guidance to those—millennial or not—who want to engage more young people in their efforts to make an impact on the world.
Contact: Jade Floyd
Ethel and James Flinn Foundation (Detroit, MI)
The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation commissioned the Center for Health Research Transformation to conduct a community mental health landscape analysis and examination of Michigan's public mental health system.
Click below to review the findings of the Community Mental Health Landscape Analysis report.
New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)
A new report from New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) and the Health Care Cost Institute examines health care spending, utilization, and prices for New Yorkers covered by employer-sponsored health insurance from 2013 to 2017. It includes analyses by type of service: inpatient, outpatient, professional services, and prescription drugs.
It finds that health care spending in New York State is both higher and rising more sharply than the national average. Annual health care spending for New Yorkers with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage increased to an all-time high of $6,335 in 2017. Per-person spending in New York grew 6.4 percent that year, compared with 4.2 percent nationally.
Health care price increases, rather than increases in health care utilization, accounted for the overwhelming majority of spending growth. Spending was higher in New York than the national average in all categories except outpatient services, and spending across all four service types grew faster in New York relative to the national average.
RIZE Massachusetts (Boston, MA)
GE Foundation, RIZE Massachusetts (RIZE), and Shatterproof, released the results of a year-long Massachusetts-wide project, “Opportunities to Increase Screening and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder among Healthcare Professionals.” The goal of the white paper was to understand and identify opportunities to overcome stigmas that prevent certain healthcare providers from screening and treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) and close the treatment gap. The research found that stigma associated with OUD extends to the provider community, where a minority of providers are trained in addiction, find treating OUD satisfying, or want to work with OUD patients.
The project consisted of both qualitative research and a quantitative survey. Following review of existing research and stigma reduction initiatives, as well as focus groups with patients, family members, and health care providers, and a thought leader roundtable discussion, Shatterproof developed the 15-minute quantitative online survey. The survey was targeted towards the primary project specialties – Emergency Medicine (EM), Family Medicine (FM)/Internal Medicine (IM), and OBGYN/Women’s Health – as well as addiction specialists, pediatric providers, psychiatry providers, and social workers, as a point of comparison.
Key survey findings among respondents include:
- Only 1 in 4 providers had received training on addiction during medical education.
- Only 1 in 10 EM providers found caring for patients with OUD satisfying.
- Less than 50 percent of EM and FM/IM providers believed that OUD is treatable.
- Almost one-third of providers with more than 20 years of tenure tended to have a stronger preference for not working with patients with OUD.
- Almost half of providers felt patients would not be honest about their opioid use if asked directly.
- Less than one-third of EM, OBGYN/Women’s Health, or pediatric providers feel very prepared to screen, diagnose, provide brief intervention for, or discuss or provide treatment for OUD.
- Two times as many EM providers than any other specialty believe methadone treatment for OUD is substituting one addiction for another.
- 2 in 5 EM or FM/IM providers feel that treating patients with OUD takes away time and resources from other patients.
- More than 50 percent of Emergency Medicine, FM/IM, OBGYN/Women’s Health providers feel they don’t have sufficient access to behavioral health support to start patients on medication for addiction treatment.
These findings are consistent with those of the project’s qualitative work. The survey insights and learning were used to identify concrete opportunities for stigma-reduction programs and behavior change interventions across and within medical specialties, in order to increase screening and treatment of OUD.
Contact: Tabitha Bennett