Economic downturns may affect children’s mental health

Research linking economic conditions and health often does not consider children’s mental health problems. In a new study, investigators found that US children’s mental health worsened as the economy weakened. The use of special education services for emotional problems also rose when economic conditions worsened.
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How Will The U.S. – China Trade War Affect You?

 PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN INCREASED TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS LAST WEEK. CAN YOU GIVE US A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED?

As you know, the US and China have been engaged in an escalating trade battle since last year. In September, the U.S. imposed 10% tariffs on $ 200 billion worth of goods imported from China, with tariffs rates set to rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. China then retaliated. In the wake of this tit for tat, negotiators from both countries launched trade negotiations, and the January tariff hike was postponed. However, those talks broke down last week, and President Trump raised duties to 25% while announcing the US would consider imposing tariffs on the remaining $ 325 billion worth of goods from China.

CAN YOU REMIND US HOW TARIFFS WORK?

Tariffs are simply a tax on goods imported into the United States. Just like sales tax, tariffs are set as a percentage of the value of any given good. So, when companies or individuals buy goods subject to tariffs, they will have to pay that amount on top of the value of the goods when they enter the United States. Countries impose tariffs for a few reasons: to raise income, to give domestically produced products an advantage, and to penalize a country by making its products more expensive. One thing is certain when it comes to tariffs, Tom: higher tariffs mean higher prices.

IF CONSUMERS ARE GOING TO FACE HIGHER PRICES, WHY DID THE WHITE HOUSE GO DOWN THIS PATH?

Many reports have suggested that President Trump went this route following a decision by China to call for substantial changes to the negotiating text that both countries had been using as a blueprint for a deal. Specifically, China removed language in the draft agreement that would have committed the country to change its laws relating to the theft of U.S. intellectual property and trade secrets, the forced transfer of certain technologies to domestic Chinese firms, and currency manipulation, among other items. The president and U.S. trade negotiators believe that any agreements on these measures and others must be legally binding, and after the changes were made, talks hit a wall.

HOW WILL CONSUMERS FEEL THE PINCH OF THESE NEW DUTIES ON GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA?

While American consumers have been affected by the past two tariff hikes on Chinese goods, this round of duties will hit our pocketbooks much harder. The reason? Past hikes have been designed to shield consumers, focusing instead on goods used to make finished products and exemptions for important consumer items such as clothing and children’s products.

However, this latest round does not contain these exclusions, and the additional 15% tariffs will certainly drive up ticket prices. The administration increased to 25% tariffs on a wide swath of household goods. Everything from pet toys to food, power tools to furniture is subject to these new duties and will get more expensive. The prices of consumer electronics and auto parts in particular are expected to shoot up. At the end of the day, these tariffs will cost every American money.

WILL CONSUMERS SEE PRICES HIKES OF 25%?

While prices are certain to go up, consumers are unlikely to see prices rise by 25%. This is because retailers will try to absorb or redistribute some of the cost increase. We saw this is in January 2018, when the administration levied a 20% duty on washing machines. According to the Wall Street Journal, prices of both washing machines and dryers rose by about 12%, because appliance manufacturers spread the cost increase across both items.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT GOING FORWARD?

That remains unclear, Tom. US and Chinese officials both said they continue to seek a trade deal. But at this point, there are no talks scheduled and the tariffs remain in place. If China retaliates for this latest round of US tariffs, it could very well inflict more pain on US manufacturers and farmers, and slow the US economy. Let’s hope this trade battle gets resolved, for the sake of consumers and the economy as a whole.


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5 Questions With a Clinical Psychologist Who Studies Social Factors That Affect Health

What motivates you?

What bothers us is often what motivates us. And it bothers me that scientific knowledge often does not inform the care people receive. A new area called “implementation science” is devoted to ensuring that evidence-informed interventions are implemented to benefit those in need.

Read Dr. Lewis’ latest paper published on JAMA Psych.

Specifically, I’m focused on improving mental and behavioral health care by integrating evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy into community settings. My new paper in JAMA Psychiatry discusses how to advance the integration of measurement-based care into behavioral health treatment.

What first got you interested in implementation science?

While working on a study in graduate school, I found CBT worked for many young people. But at that time, cognitive behavioral therapy was largely unavailable outside of research trials. Implementation science promised to bring evidence-based care into practice. So, I decided to focus on this new field, even though no one at my university, including my mentor, was expert in this type of work.

Kayne Mettert, Caitlin Dorsey, Lewis, and Elena Navarro (L-R) all moved together to work at the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Kayne Mettert, Caitlin Dorsey, Lewis, and Elena Navarro (L-R) all moved together to work at the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute in Seattle from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Which projects have excited you most?

My work with Wolverine Human Services — residential treatment centers housing teens throughout Michigan — made the impossible, possible. It was the first time, to my knowledge, that frontline staff received training to deliver cognitive behavioral therapy with fidelity. Through our five years of systematic, tailored implementation with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Wolverine was transformed. They’ve trained most of the staff in cognitive behavioral therapy and embedded onsite coaches to ensure the program is sustainable.

Now, I’m leading an implementation evaluation of a new member of the primary care team in Kaiser Permanente Washington clinics designed to connect patients with community resources. Specifically, we’re evaluating the impact of community resource specialists on patients’ experience and care teams’ ability to work at the top of their license.

I serve on the steering committee of Kaiser Permanente’s Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation group. We bring experts together and support them to think about how best to address social risk, build capacity and conduct pragmatic evaluations. Kaiser Permanente is at the cutting edge in terms of investing in care for the whole person and their community. Very few organizations have that vision — and the infrastructure to support this work.

What makes Kaiser Permanente a good place to do implementation science?

Kaiser Permanente is willing to invest in implementing evidence-based care. Being embedded in a delivery system affords the opportunity to contribute to the science and the practice of implementation.

Lewis, PhD, an associate investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, after keynoting the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Lewis after keynoting the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

What keeps you going outside of work?

What I do most outside of work is to spend time with my 2-year-old son River. I’m an avid cyclist. I love to bike to work and bike River to school, the grocery store, you name it.

Our family is very musical, and we play music every day. I like to sing — but don’t ask me to. River and my husband Eric play all the things: We have five guitars (including River’s guitalele), a piano, drums and many other instruments. We don’t watch TV shows as a family — we watch live music videos together.

I’m proud to say River now requests Pearl Jam, a Seattle-born band that recently raised $ 12 million to address homelessness in our local communities. I have family nearby in British Columbia, where I was born and raised — and those are two reasons why Seattle is a great place for us to be.

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Dignity Health CEO: How Homelessness and Racism Affect Healthcare

Lloyd Dean is at the helm of Dignity Health, the largest hospital provider in California, and the fifth largest health system in the nation. As one of the few CEOs of color in the U.S., Dean’s commitment to healthcare isn’t just business—it’s also personal.

“I have eight siblings and we grew up in Western Michigan, where our community didn’t have access to reliable healthcare,” said Dean. “I didn’t realize that other communities were different until I was bussed to a neighboring town that was more economically robust. In a bigger sense, we know that only a small percentage of your health is due to genetics. That means that our health is largely based on where we live and social determinants of health.”

Another factor contributing to healthcare inequity is homelessness. Coincidentally, Dean is fighting to reduce homelessness in San Francisco, one of the more expensive cities to live in the world, which also has one of the most severe housing problems in the state of California.

“In the United States, there are more than half a million people who are homeless on any given night; 41% of whom are African American,” said Dean. “It keeps me up at night, knowing that so many Americans of all colors and backgrounds are forced to choose between paying for rent, food, or healthcare just because they don’t have insurance or the ability to pay for their care. That is why I’ve dedicated my life to reducing inequity. We live in a first world country, where access to affordable housing shouldn’t be as big of an issue as it is. It is difficult to be healthy, if you don’t have a home. Homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic health problems are all interrelated, and we know that we can’t tackle each issue in isolation.”

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Lloyd Dean

To reduce healthcare inequity, Dean believes communities must form partnerships to address each person holistically.

“I believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. In many cases, mental health and homelessness go hand-in-hand, which is why we work with many multifaceted partners. For example, at one of our San Francisco hospitals, St. Mary’s Medical Center, we started the San Francisco Healing Center in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Public Health, and San Francisco Behavioral Health to provide mental health services to homeless patients in need. Helping people get into more stable environments is one of the most important ways we can help one another, which helps the overall health of our communities,” he says.

“Last year, we invested $ 1.65 billion in charitable care and community services that allow us to develop and support programs across the continuum of care. As only one example in Stockton, we provide psychiatric and chemical dependency disorder treatment to patients. We also recently committed $ 1.65 million to benefit the homeless in the Sacramento area. Of that, $ 1.2 million continued operations at the city’s triage shelter serving about 200 people. The remaining funds will go to other projects, including the City of Sacramento’s Whole Person Care program with Dignity Health Mercy General Hospital piloting coordination and transition of care from the hospital into the community. We are working on efforts all across our communities, especially to address the needs of our most vulnerable patients.”

Hospitals are another solution to improving access to healthcare and getting homeless people off the street.“ As anchors in communities, hospitals are in a unique position to help the populations they serve, said Dean.

“One of the primary problems in healthcare today is that, too often, emergency departments are used as a primary care source. We must instead look at care more holistically with the goal of keeping people well before, during, and after a medical encounter.

Dean continued: “We know that making progress isn’t always simple, but by staying in tune with the individual needs of those we serve and the communities where they live, we can continue to find sustainable solutions—this is especially true for the homeless population. We have seen that people are more likely to reach their full potential when they have community support, the security of a home, and access to health services. This is true of a small community or a large city.”

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