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Economics 230: Government Resources
The Economics of Health and Health Care Professor: Lara Shore-Sheppard Spring 2021
Reports analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives. Researched and written by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service for congressional committees and members of Congress.
Publication Dates: 1789-Present
Provides U.S. congressional documents covering the full legislative process. Includes congressional debates (the Congressional Record), bills, laws, hearings, committee prints, and reports.
Contains data on a wide range of topics, including environmental health, medical devices, Medicare & Medicaid, social services, community health, mental health, and substance abuse. Collected and supplied from agencies from the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as state partners.
National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compiles statistical information to help guide public health and health policy decisions. Publications include the following:
Health, United States an annual overview of national trends in key health indicators. Sections address health status and determinants, health care access and utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers.
AHRQ, an agency under the US Health and Human Services Department, is charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. Publications/data programs include:
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, an annual report that presents the latest available findings on quality of and access to healthcare, as well as disparities related to race and ethnicity, income, and other social determinants of health.
Mapping Medicare Disparities, created by the CMS Office of Minority Health to identify areas of disparities between subgroups of Medicare beneficiaries (e.g., racial and ethnic groups) in health outcomes, utilization, and spending.
Behavioral Health Barometer, reports on a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
Presents a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics that is informed by the ideas of intersectional feminism. Data Feminism is about much more than gender. It is about power, about who has it and who doesn't, and about how those differentials of power can be challenged and changed. For ECON 230, see in particular "The Power Chapter" and "What Gets Counted Counts."