Report on Nebraska Cancer Workforce

The UNMC Center for Health Policy released a report today describing the state of the cancer workforce in Nebraska. In reviewing workforce numbers over a five-year period, (2008-12), we found that the number of adult cancer physicians increased by 24.7 percent, while the number of pediatric cancer physicians actually decreased by 1.2 percent during that time. Our report also provides other supportive data including trends and characteristics of the workforce including physicians, NPs, and PAs. We conclude the report by outlining several policy and organizational options for improving the oncology workforce in Nebraska.

You can access the press release here.

Here is a direct link to the full report.

UNMC Study finds that distracted driving is killing more pedestrians and bicyclists

From texting and talking on cell phones to eating while driving, researchers say distracted driving is a serious public health threat. Though motor vehicle deaths have been declining nationally, a recent study by researchers at UNMC found that deaths in pedestrians and cyclists are increasing. From 2005 to 2010, the national number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers went up from 344 to 500 — an almost 50 percent increase. For cyclists, the numbers killed went from 56 to 73 — a 30 percent increase.

Read the full story here.

Underage Drinking Report – Revised

The Center for Health Policy strives for a high level of accuracy in all our work. Recently we discovered that our report on underage drinking, originally published late July 2013, needed revision to the prevalence data. This report was subsequently submitted for rigorous external review by the state health department and revisions implemented. The revised report, dated August 2013, is now posted here. The Center is confident that this report accurately represents the prevalence of underage drinking in Nebraska and can be a helpful resource for policymaking.