The Effect of Gun Violence on Community Mental Health

To acknowledge National Mental Health Awareness Month, we revisit the intersection of gun violence and mental health, discuss the current policy landscape, and recognize the creative community-led initiatives breaking the cycle.

National Minority Health Month: Four Current Issues to Consider

Authors: Tonantzin Juarez & Jessica McCann April is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as National Minority Health Month, an observance that builds awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This year’s theme, Be the Source for Better Health: […]

Research shows success in treating opioid use disorder in primary care settings

New research from the Center for Key Populations, Community Health Center, Inc., the Weitzman Institute, and the Health Disparities Institute demonstrates that FQHC primary care settings can achieve impressive results treating patients with opioid use disorder. We are proud to share the results of this important first-of-its-kind study, “Nine year substance use treatment outcomes with […]

Recent Studies Show Health-Related Effects of Police Killings, Gun Violence on Black Communities

Recent Studies Show Health-Related Effects of Police Killings, Gun Violence on Black Communities Authors: Jessica McCann, Tonantzin Juarez Introduction Community violence is strongly associated with adverse health outcomes, and is one of five policy domains we focus on at the Weitzman Institute. Several recent studies highlight racial/ethnic differences in the ways community violence, as well […]

Teen Dating Violence: What Schools Can Do to Prevent It

Teen Dating Violence: What Schools Can Do to Prevent It Authors: Tonantzin Juarez MS,  Angela Taylor MPH & Jessica McCann MPH Teen dating violence (TDV) is any physical and sexual violence, psychological aggression, and/or stalking within adolescent relationships.TDV can happen in person, online or through technology and is considered a type of intimate partner violence. […]

Creating a Culture of Play

It wasn’t just the friendly, dedicated, professional staff of Piedmont Health Services, Inc. that greeted Shelby Anderson-Badbade when she first arrived at the pediatric clinic in central North Carolina. She was delighted to find one of their in-house creations: a huge smiling duck, built from bright yellow LEGO® blocks. For Anderson-Badbade, senior program manager of […]

New Year, Yet Poverty Remains an Issue for Americans

Authors: Tonantzin Juarez, MS & Jessica McCann, MPH Although January is the start of a new year, expenses during the holiday season, coupled with lower temperatures and increased utility bills, place additional stress on families. January is also Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty […]

World AIDS Day: We Must Remember and Continue Advocating

Author: Tonantzin Juarez, MS World AIDS Day is recognized each year on December 1st as a way to remember the millions of lives lost to the disease and continue to raise awareness. For its 35th anniversary the theme chosen is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit”. This year’s emphasis of remembering and committing resonates […]

The Complexities of the ADHD Medication Shortage

October 17, 2023 Author: Lynsey Grzejszczak, MHA For over a year, the United States has been facing a shortage of Adderall, a stimulant medication popular for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This shortage has impacted 141 different formulations of common stimulant ADHD medications, including Concerta, Ritalin and Vyvanse. The result is either a low […]

AI Fundamentals and Applications in Primary Care: Webinar on Oct. 26

Upcoming Webinar: AI Fundamentals and Applications in Primary Care Thursday, October 26, 2023  1 pm ET | 10 am PT  Register The Weitzman Institute and the Moses/Weitzman Health System are pleased to present the latest installment of our series of informative discussions with an exclusive panel of global experts driving the development of Artificial Intelligence […]