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Working Toward a Healthy Vietnam: Key Policy Messages From the VASS-SSRC Project

April 8, 2019

This brief provides key policy messages based on a large-scale longitudinal study from 2008 to 2016 in twelve communes in three Vietnamese provinces by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).The project's objective was to understand household health practices and health-seeking behavior in Viet Nam, especially among economically and socially disadvantaged groups.Key findings highlight the main areas where donors and the government will need to focus in the coming years in order to improve and reduce disparities in health outcomes.These recommendations include:Increasing the use and effectiveness of commune health centers (CHCs)Improving antenatal care and utilizationHelping CHCs implement preventive health care and essential disease control programs

Viet Nam’s Helmet Story and Its Place in the Work on Global Road Traffic Safety

March 8, 2019

In 2007, a life-saving law in Viet Nam mandated that people riding motorbikes wear helmets. The result was a significant decrease in serious head injuries and road traffic deaths.This report provides an update to the 2010 report on the results of the helmet law, and details a new effort to increase the number of children wearing helmets.The change in Viet Nam is an example of the process of creating achievable policy and behavioral change, and this report offers a set of lessons learned that may be applicable to other public health issues.

What Makes for an Effective Commune Health Center?

January 7, 2019

This report, based on the main findings from a large-scale longitudinal study of rural health care in Viet Nam from 2008 to 2016, aims to develop the basic components of effective commune health center (CHC) models for different rural areas in Viet Nam.CHCs form the grassroots public health care system in rural Viet Nam, where two-thirds of the country's people live. The centers provide basic preventive care along with initial diagnoses, treatments and referrals to public hospitals.The report includes:A toolkit for assessing CHCs in different contexts identifying best practicesAn analysis of three models for the effective CHCPolicy recommendations aimed at developing major components of CHC models

Strengthening Commune Health Centers in Vietnam

November 19, 2018

This report assesses the impact of investments in rural health care in Viet Nam by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Vietnamese government, and other international donors. It is based on a large-scale longitudinal study from 2008 to 2016 in twelve communes in three Vietnamese provinces: Thái Nguyên in the north, Khánh Hòa in the central coast, and Vĩnh Long in the southern Mekong delta. The study was conducted by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).Commune Health Centers (CHCs) form the grassroots public health care system in rural Viet Nam, where two-thirds of the country's people live. The centers provide basic preventive care along with initial diagnoses, treatments, and referrals to public hospitals.Insights from the report include:The ability of CHCs to attract patients depended as much on CHC leadership and management as it did on the investments in physical infrastructure, high-tech equipment, and staff expertise.Among different types of investments in CHCs, the program in maternal and child health had a greater positive impact on patients' choices of CHCs over other health care providers for acute and chronic illnesses.Government policy should allow for greater flexibility in the CHC model, including more local initiatives and differentiating models of CHCs for different parts of the country.

Women's Well-Being: Ranking America's Top 25 Metro Areas

April 25, 2012

Analyzes American Human Development Index data on women's life expectancy, school enrollment and degree attainment, and median earnings by metropolitan area. Examines contributing factors and disparities by race/ethnicity, location, and marital status.

Documenting Uncertain Times: Postgraduate Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort

February 24, 2012

Based on surveys, analyzes the relationship between college students' academic engagement and growth and life outcomes two years after graduation, including employment, income, student loans, credit card debt, parental assistance, and civic engagement.

A Portrait of Marin: Marin County Human Development Report 2012

January 18, 2012

Examines trends in the county's human development indicators, including health status, access to knowledge, and standard of living by neighborhood, race/ethnicity, and gender; contributing factors; and implications. Includes action agendas.

A Portrait of California: California Human Development Report 2011

May 20, 2011

Presents data on human development trends in the state, including indicators of health, education, and income by nativity, gender, race/ethnicity, economic region, and geography, and considers factors behind disparities in life expectancy and income.