Policy Points

A BLOG FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE DATA, HEALTHCARE, AND POLICY AS WE DO


  • The Importance of Comprehensive Contraceptive Counseling

    Monday, August 12th, 2019

    by Eden Blackwell

    It has been nearly 60 years since birth control pills became available to women in the United States.  Since that time many forms of birth control have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Over time, some methods have been pulled from the market due to safety concerns, some have lost favor as newer, easier to use methods were developed, and for some types of birth control, medical guidance has changed about ... Read more


  • Rural Hospitals

    Freestanding Emergency Departments and Micro-Hospitals:

    Two Models That May Help Mississippi Communities Affected by Rural Hospital Closures
    Monday, July 8th, 2019

    by Zach Smith

    In a recent report by Navigant Consulting, 48% of Mississippi’s rural hospitals were rated as a high financial risk.  The reasons for rural hospital closures in Mississippi, as nationwide, vary as do the possible solutions.  Reasons for closures cited range fr... Read more


  • Contraceptive

    A Quick Look at Contraceptive Access in Mississippi

    Friday, May 17th, 2019

    By Eden Blackwell

    Women in Mississippi give birth to around 38,000 babies per year on average (though the number is declining in step with birth rates around the region and nation).  As explained earlier in the Center’s Unintended Pregnancy in Mississippi issue brief, the state has a high rate of unintended pregnancy, and the majority of those are mistimed, meaning that a great many of the pregnancies that happen each year are occurring earlier t... Read more


  • Mississippi Highlighted in the Plan to Eradicate HIV/AIDs

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

    By Zach Smith

    In the Trump administration’s most recent fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget approximately $291 million dollars has been allocated to defeat the HIV/AIDs epidemic in America.  With the advancements in HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications, individuals with HIV can live ... Read more


  • Welcome to Policy Points

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019

    By Zach Smith and Eden Blackwell

    Data, always key in the Center’s work, have been the cornerstone of successful public health interventions since John Snow saved the lives of hundreds in London’s 1854 cholera outbreak through the data-informed removal of the handle from a single water pump.  Incidences of cholera pin-pointed on a map led to a targeted intervention and policy that had broad, life-saving effect. In present day, big data ar... Read more