Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data

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This article links data from a nonprofit food distribution center, electronic medical records from a safety-net healthcare system, and publicly available residential appraisals for more than 3,000 households to provide insight into how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks experienced by resident adults.

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Leonard, Tammy; Hughes, Amy & Pruitt, Sandi L. December 20, 2016.

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This article links data from a nonprofit food distribution center, electronic medical records from a safety-net healthcare system, and publicly available residential appraisals for more than 3,000 households to provide insight into how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks experienced by resident adults.

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Abstract:Low–socioeconomic status (SES) households have little income or wealth to buffer against the negative impacts of adverse health events among adult household members. This research project links data from a nonprofit food distribution center, electronic medical records from a safety-net healthcare system, and publicly available residential appraisals for more than 3,000 households to provide insight into how low-SES households cope with health shocks experienced by resident adults. Three broad types of strategies are examined: changes in household structure, residential mobility, and use of social services. Of the households studied, 20.2 percent had at least one adult member who experienced a health shock. These households were more likely to gain additional adult household members and employed household members, were more likely to move residence and to move distances greater than one mile, and were less likely to visit the food distribution center after the shock. This research highlights how novel data linkages can help us to understand how health and social policies impact vulnerable populations.

Pruitt, Leonard, & Hughes, Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health
shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Vol. 669, No. 1) pp. 125-145. Copyright © 2017 SAGE Publications. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716216680989

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  • Publication Title: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
  • Volume: 669
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 125-145

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Leonard, Tammy; Hughes, Amy & Pruitt, Sandi L. Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data, article, December 20, 2016; Thousand Oaks, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1049740/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.