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Elder Malnutrition

About half of all older adults in the United States are at risk for malnutrition, leaving them highly vulnerable. Targeted public health efforts to educate the elderly, their caregivers, and policymakers could be straightforward, but funding for these programs now hangs in the balance.

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Counting for Insight

The website Understanding Homelessness tells the important story of homelessness in the U.S. through interactive visualizations, with an aim to fend off stigma and misconception.

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The Pursuit of Happiness in Public Policy

Despite the “pursuit of happiness” being a right of all Americans, the U.S. is the 14th happiest country among the OECD. The relatively low ranking is partly explained by growing distrust in the federal government.

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Diminishing Returns

The United States spends far more on health than any other nation but does not have the health outcomes to show for it. What’s the key to getting more health for our money?

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Gun Violence Slows Economic Growth

A recent study by Yasemin Irvin-Erickson at the Urban Institute examines the effect of increased gun violence on the local economies in Minneapolis, Oakland, and Washington, D.C.

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Uninsured Moms

The instability in insurance coverage for women during pregnancy and after childbirth can result in differential access to essential health care, impacting the health of both mothers and newborns.

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Polluted Air, Dirty Water, and Child Health

Indoor and outdoor air pollution and smoke are responsible for an estimated 570,000 deaths in children under 5. While child deaths attributable to environmental hazards decreased from 37% to 26% from 2002 to 2012, continued progress is in a precarious state.

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Click It or Ticket

Motor vehicle crash fatalities increased 7.2% in 2015, the largest percentage increase since 1966. This recent uptick is cause for concern and is reason to re-examine seat belt policies.

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The Doctor May Not Be In

Although increasing the number of people with insurance is a focus in the healthcare debate, increasing the number of doctors is also an issue. The demand for physicians in the U.S. could outpace supply by 2030.

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A Crumbling Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives US infrastructure a D+ rating. Investment in infrastructure could generate significant bi-partisan support in Congress and across the country.

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