Angela M. K. Rohan

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OBJECTIVE There is increasing evidence about the importance of factors that impact health beyond health care and individual behavior, yet there is little public and policy discourse about these things in the United States. We surveyed Wisconsin adults to see what they think are the most important factors that affect health. We also examined which(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment is a core function of public health; however, standard community health assessments often remain within the boundaries of the traditional public health system and rarely elicit public discussion and community-wide action. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute developed the annual Wisconsin County Health Rankings(More)
The association among rural–urban communities, neighborhood characteristics, and youth physical activity is inconsistent in the literature. We used data from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health, for youth aged 10–17 years (n = 45,392), to examine the association between physical activity and neighborhood characteristics, after adjusting for known(More)
Turning a ship requires small but steady and deliberate efforts over time. During the past 9 years, Wisconsin’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program has begun to utilize the life-course perspective as its framework for guiding efforts around women’s health, early childhood systems, children and youth with special health care needs, chronic disease(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent initiatives aim to improve public awareness of health disparities. However, little research has actually documented the US public's awareness of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities. We sought to determine 1) whether the US public is aware of racial, educational, and income disparities in health, 2) whether awareness(More)
Report cards are widely used in health for drawing attention to performance indicators. We developed a state health report card with separate grades for health and health disparities to generate interest in and awareness of differences in health across different population subgroups and to identify opportunities to improve health. We established grading(More)
INTRODUCTION Maternal mortality is a key indicator of maternal health and the general state of health care. This report summarizes maternal deaths in Wisconsin from January 2006 through December 2010. METHODS Maternal deaths were identified using death certificates and supporting links with infant birth and fetal death certificates. Suspected(More)
Old Order Amish and Mennonites, or Plain populations, are a growing minority in North America with unique health care delivery and access challenges coupled with higher frequencies of genetic disorders. The objective of this study was to determine newborn screening use and attitudes from western Wisconsin Plain communities. A cross-sectional survey, with an(More)
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