Presenter: Tiffany Cox, MPH, CPH, DHPE Health Equity and Policy Fellow, Connecticut Department of Public Health
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diseases account for $0.75 of every health care dollar, 81% of hospital
admissions, and 76% of all physician visits.
In Connecticut, 57% of the total population suffers from one or more
chronic diseases; and chronic diseases account for more than 6 out of 10
deaths. Chronic diseases are a major
contributor to health disparities. For
example, adults earning less than $25,000 per year experience higher rates of
diabetes, obesity, hypertension, smoking and physical inactivity.
Policy approaches to
address chronic disease emphasize addressing social determinants of health
(SDH) and targeting vulnerable populations (VP). However, it is unknown to what extent
existing chronic disease policies reference SDH and VP in Connecticut’s general
statutes. This webinar will describe a
policy scan process used to analyze state chronic disease statutes in Connecticut.
At the completion of this
webinar, participants will be able to:
Describe a policy scan method
Seek methods to include a focus on
social determinants of health and vulnerable populations in policy review
List steps to analyze policies for
inclusion of social determinants of health
Summarize policy implications on