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First-of-its-kind nationwide analysis of children’s health care and neighborhood impact

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Kathleen Thomas, PhD

Phillip Hughes, MS

A new descriptive analysis from the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy found that children living in lower opportunity neighborhoods, areas that lack the vital conditions necessary for health, wealth and well-being, had the highest rates of poor physical and mental health status and fewest ambulatory care visits but accounted for the highest share of emergency department visits.  

This is the first analysis of its kind to look at all children across the U.S. and included a variety of variables such as health status, healthcare utilization and expenditures, access to care, parents’ satisfaction with care, and more. 

This paper was authored by Izabela Annis, Scott Davis, Phillip Hughes, and Kathleen Thomas from DPOP and Drs. Neal deJong and Robert Christian from UNC School of Medicine.


Read the full announcement from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy