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Public Health

Access up-to-date ASPE research on key public health topics including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as influenza and COVID-19; health equity; antibiotic resistance; rural health; opioids, opioid use disorder and overdose prevention; maternal health; public health and health care workforce and infrastructure; immunization and vaccines; Indian health; HIV/AIDS; tobacco; and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Also find data on prevention, social determinants of health, and more.

HHS Initiative to Improve Maternal Health

The Department’s Action Plan lays out a vision for improving maternal health that applies a “life course” approach organized around four goals and it sets three ambitious targets to achieve this vision. Each of the four goals includes multiple objectives and action items to drive progress. The Action Plan also describes the current state of maternal health outcomes in the U.S., challenges in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, recent efforts to improve maternal health within and beyond the federal government, and it discusses various forums in which HHS leadership sought input from key stakeholders.


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Disability Among Women on AFDC: An Issue Revisited

Since 1984, a number of welfare reform proposals intended to lessen dependence on AFDC have been enacted. The current Administration is continuing to address welfare dependency. The purpose of this paper is to update results on the disability status of women of AFDC based on the 1990 SIPP with welfare reform in mind.

Policy Synthesis on Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly: Final Report

Barbara Manard, William Altman, Nancy Bray, Lisa Kane and Andrea Zeuschner Lewin-VHI, Inc. December 16, 1992 This report was prepared under contract #HHS-100-89-0032 between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) and the Lewin Group.

Federal Disability Data: Creating a Structure in the 1990s to Further the Goals of the ADA

Landmark legislation has the power to change people's lives for many years to come. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, is landmark legislation for Americans with disabilities. The four goals of the ADA — equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency — are broad in scope and bold in nature.

Cost of Teenage Childbearing: Current Trends

This article discusses the cost of teenage childbearing as estimated by the Center for Population Options (CPO). The single-year cost for all families originating from a teen birth is estimated at approximately $25 billion in 1990, up from $16.6 billion in 1985.

Barriers to Self-Sufficiency and Avenues to Success Among Teenage Mothers

Submitted to: U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesAssistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Rm. 404E, HHH Bldg. 200 Independence Ave., SW

Long-Term Care and Disability Research: 1989-1992

This booklet of long-term care and disability research has been prepared by the Division of Long-Term Care and Aging Policy, Office of Family, Community and Long-Term Care Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. It summarizes the results of the Division's research projects from 1989 through the present and highlights future plans.

The National Long-Term Care Surveys (1982, 1984, 1989)

The 1982 and 1984 National Long-Term Care Surveys (NLTCS) are household surveys of functionally impaired Medicare beneficiaries age 65+. The 1989 NTLCS is a resurveying of this population.

An Analysis of the Impact of Spend-down on Medicaid Expenditures

  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Infant Attachment: What We Know Now

In February 1991, ASPE sponsored a two-day research seminar on infant attachment. This final report has three major sections. The first part is a brief summary of an extensive literature review on infant attachment. The second section summarizes the proceedings of the seminar, which was based on the topics outlined in the literature review.