CORE: What we’re reading - June 2022

June 17, 2022

Here at the Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE), our researchers and data experts are constantly curious about the latest news and scientific literature that can help inspire and enhance our work and the work of our partners. In a new feature for the CORE blog, we share some of the articles, research, and reports that we’ve been reading.

Investing In Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Behavioral Health Care in Oregon, Coalition of Communities of Color (Research Report)

“This powerful report asks a key question: How can Oregon reimagine its behavioral health care delivery system to better serve culturally and linguistically diverse community members? Through a community-led research process that not only included but deferred to leaders and members of BIPOC communities, Coalition of Communities of Color highlights the experiences, beliefs, and desires of BIPOC communities, and provides recommendations to improve access, utilization, and outcomes of behavioral health for all Oregonians.” – Keri Vartanian, PhD, Director of CORE

Click here to read the report

Village Research & How-To Guide, Portland State Homeless Research & Action Collaborative (Research Report)

“This report outlines the nation’s first comprehensive study on tiny pod villages as alternative shelter for people experiencing homelessness. It’s a fascinating look at the city’s long history of alternative shelter and a must-read for anyone working on or interested in alternative shelter models for people experiencing homelessness.” – Hannah Cohen-Cline, PhD, MPH, Program Director, Research & Evaluation

Click here to read the report

How to Study Racial Disparities, Scientific American (Article)

“This 2020 article in Scientific American is particularly relevant as researchers and health system increase efforts to understand longstanding disparities in health outcomes. The authors make the point that while studying racial disparities in social, economic, and public health outcomes is critical, researchers should exercise caution in trying to uncover the sources of these stark discrepancies” – Megan Holtorf, MPH, CCRP, Data & Analytics Manager

Click here to read the article

Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy, The Foundation Review (Journal Article)

“In evaluating the impacts of complex philanthropic initiatives focused on driving systems change, evaluators tend to focus on whether changes occurred vs. how or why they occurred. This paper for the Foundation Review argues that philanthropy more frequently needs to examine causal relationships, using a growing suite of methodological approaches that make this possible in complex systems.” – Monique Gill, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist

Click here to read the article

Medicaid Social Risk Adjustment in Oregon: Perspectives from Stakeholders, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (Journal Article)

“Value-based payment continues to be a mainstay of health care transformation efforts. But providers caring for underserved populations may receive lower payments because VBPs don’t typically account for social determinants of health and existing inequities. This can have the effect of exacerbating disparities in access to care. Through interviews with 30 researchers, health policy constituents and Medicaid payer and practice leaders in Oregon, this paper looks at options, concerns, and considerations for using social factors for risk adjustment in Medicaid VBP design.” – Lisa Angus, MPH, Program Director, Analytics & Strategic Consulting

Click here to access the article (paywall)

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