Social Determinants of Mental Health

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[Staff reporters]

As mental illness and chronic health conditions become more common, leaders are looking at upstream solutions that can improve overall well-being by addressing social determinants of mental and physical health.

For example, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is providing over $125,000 in grants for community organizations working with vulnerable populations, including children and adults suffering from mental illness, homeless adults and families that are struggling financially.

And, health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey are integrating care to ensure people can access behavioral health treatment through their primary care providers.

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  1. 92% of Popular Mental/Behavioral Health Apps Share User Data

    JAMA recently published an analysis of data sharing among 36 popular smoking cessation and depression apps. Here are some key findings:

    • 69% of popular smoking cessation and depression apps incorporated a privacy policy.
    • Data transmission to a third party was detected in 33 of all 36 apps (92%).
    • 81% transmitted data for marketing purposes or analytics to Google and Facebook.
    • Half transmitting data to Facebook and 43% transmitting to Google disclosed this.

    Source: JAMA, April 19, 2019

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    In a recent commentary in JAMA Neurology, Elisa de Paula França Resende, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues write about how social determinants of health affect demographic patterns of dementia in the United States.

    https://healthjournalism.org/blog/2019/05/this-is-the-brain-on-health-disparities-their-role-in-dementia/

    Brewster

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  3. 65% of Rural Areas Lack Access to In-Person Psychiatric Care

    Genoa Healthcare recently conducted research on the impact of telepsychiatry visits for patients in rural areas. Here are some key findings:

    • 1 in 5 Americans in rural areas live with a mental illness.
    • 65% of non-metropolitan areas lack access to in-person psychiatric care.
    • Telepsychiatry patients were seen within 16.4 days, versus 23.6 days for in-person.
    • Telepsychiatry patients were 34% more likely to have regular follow-up visits.

    Source: Genoa Healthcare, May 1, 2019

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  4. 75% of Employers Offered Mental Health Management Programs in 2018

    PwC recently released their 2019 medical cost trend report. Here are some key findings on mental healthcare utilization among employer-insured individuals:

    • 3 in 4 employers offered depression and mental health management programs in 2018.
    • In 2014, 34% of employers offered depression and mental health management programs.
    • 81% of covered employees haven’t sought out mental healthcare in the past 5 years.
    • 8% of consumers who didn’t seek mental health treatment believe they should have.

    Source: PwC, June 27, 2019

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