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By Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, 10/12/2022

Data-driven Approaches Can Build on a Generational Shift to Address Youth Mental Health Challenges

When I lost my brother Brian to suicide, like too many others in this country, I realized that “doing well” in school does not necessarily translate into fulfillment and well-being. As the past two-plus years of the pandemic have highlighted, there is much more than just academics and extracurricular activities that determine whether the youth in our lives are truly succeeding and flourishing; social connection and support play a crucial role in helping adolescents thrive.

By Cheryl Crazy Bull, Wacinyanpi Win (They Depend on Her), President and CEO, American Indian College Fund, 10/12/2022

Spotlighting Native Stories Through Data to Guide a Healthier Future

As a Lakota woman who grew up on my home reservation, the data in the Health of Women and Children Report about my people are heartbreaking to see — but completely consistent with my personal experience. Nearly every Native person has a loved one, friend or community member who has gone missing, been murdered, been

By America's Health Rankings, 10/12/2022

Action Toolkit for 2022 Health of Women and Children Report

The resources below can help you share these insights with your colleagues and communities to enact change. America’s Health Rankings encourages you to download the resources and use them to raise awareness about the importance of addressing the complex, multidimensional barriers to health that women and children face.

By Susan Porterfield, Director, Military Veteran Mental Health Program, Florida State University College of Nursing, 07/26/2022

Training Providers to Better Serve Those Who Have Served

As a veteran who spent 13 years in the U.S. Air Force, I know the unique health challenges that current and former service members face — both seen and unseen. But in the nearly 30 years since I was medically discharged, no civilian doctor ever asked whether I served in the military. This experience mirrors that of many veterans and motivates my passion as an educator to best prepare current and aspiring health care professionals to meet the needs of the military population.

By Tracy Malone, President, United Health Foundation, 07/26/2022

Understanding Unique Needs Can Improve Health for Those Who Have Served

“It’s not just a job. It’s an adventure.” Coming out of college, this Navy slogan spoke to me, and 20 years of service lived up to that promise. I traveled the world, worked with dedicated professionals and served our country’s top leaders in the White House medical unit.

By America's Health Rankings, 07/26/2022

Action Toolkit for 2022 Health of Those Who Have Served Report

America’s Health Rankings encourages you to utilize the resources below to share these data and insights with your colleagues and communities to better understand the unique health challenges of those who have served and to support efforts to connect them with the care they need.

By Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation, 05/17/2022

Improving All Seniors’ Connectedness Helps Us Thrive

As someone who works with older adults, I believe it is good news that 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. Older adults are living longer, healthier and more productive lives. They are a wonderful resource, contributing talent, wisdom and enormous economic value to our society.

By Dr. Jennifer Kim, President-Elect, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), 05/17/2022

Improving Primary and Mental Health Care for Seniors Lifts Us All

The wisdom I gain from caring for seniors is what has always driven my passion for promoting the health of older adults. When I first started working as a nursing assistant in 1991, it was easy to see the gaps in health services for older adults. Over 30 years later, these challenges persist — and have only gotten worse.

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