Monthly Archives: April 2014
|April 30, 2014||Posted by M. P. under Health, Policy, Youth Development||
An April 2014 report from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota contains encouraging news on the impact of programs, such as Medicaid and CHIP, designed to reduce the number of uninsured children. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, the rate of uninsured children in the United States dropped from 9.7% to 7.5%, according to data reported in SHADAC’s State-Level Trends in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage. This national trend was mirrored in the 35 states that also reported significant declines in uninsured children during the same time period, with Oregon, Florida, Mississippi and Delaware experiencing the largest reductions. Additional findings at the national level:
- The percentage of privately insured low-and-middle-income children declined
- Hispanic children experienced the largest gains in insurance coverage, yet in 2012 remained the largest group of uninsured persons (12.7%) under age 18
- The gap between low-income and high-income children’s likelihood of insurance coverage is shrinking
In Pennsylvania, the rate of uninsured children declined from 6% in 2008 to 5% in 2012.
Report Citation: Sonier, J., Fried, B. 2014. “State-Level Trends in Childrens’ Health Insurance Coverage.” Minneapolis, MN: State Health Access Data Assistance Center.
|April 5, 2014||Posted by M. P. under Policy, Technology||
Although technology allowed for the spread of human trafficking activities across mobile platforms and sites, anti-trafficking interventions are using mobile media to advocate for and reach potential victims. In March 2013, The Polaris Project, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking as well as strengthening the anti-trafficking movement, activated a mobile code to assist victims of human trafficking in locating help. This textable short code, BEFREE or 233733, puts a victim in touch with someone who can help them plan an escape from their situation and, if possible, connect them with local resources for further assistance. After a year of operation, the organization released data that indicate victims of trafficking are utilizing the text option more than the hotline (17 percent versus 9 percent). Other findings include
- nearly 75 percent of the calls referred to sex trafficking,
- 68 percent of the calls mentioned one female victim (or more),
- 8 percent of the calls mentioned one male victim (or more),
- and adults were the victims in 58 percent of the calls.
In Pennsylvania, data from 2007 to 2013 reported to the Human Trafficking Resource Center show the majority of potential trafficking situations are related to sex (74 percent), followed by labor (16 percent). Additional data on human trafficking in the Commonwealth, as well as resources for those seeking information and assistance, are available on the Polaris Project website.
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