Regional impacts of health care access and utilization on migration, employment, and health outcomes
Mandich, Anne M.
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This dissertation looks to examine the association of health access and utilization in terms of migration, employment, as well as health outcomes relating to preventable diseases. This work is outlined in four chapters. First, “Senior Migration: Spatial Considerations of Amenity and Health Access Drivers” begins this work by examining how local health care access plays into senior migration decisions. Next, we measure the ability of hospitals, particularly in rural communities, to attract non-health related employment and provide higher wage jobs to residents based on their education level in “The Impact of Hospitals on Local Labor Markets: Going beyond Input-Output Models”. Then, “Some State Vaccination Laws May Contribute to Greater Exemption Rates and Disease Outbreaks in the US” looks how both state health laws and up-take of Kindergarten Vaccine Exemptions are associated with preventable disease incidence. Finally, in “Who isn’t Vaccinating their Children? Examining the Demographics, Policies, and Shocks to Vaccination Rates in the United States over Time” we conclude with an extension of the first vaccine piece by analyzing both state level vaccine laws as well as the individual level characteristics associated with vaccine decisions.