Biography:

In the past Emma E. McGinty has collaborated on articles with Tara Kirk Sell. One of their most recent publications is News media coverage of U.S. Ebola policies: Implications for communication during future infectious disease threats. Which was published in journal Preventive Medicine.

More information about Emma E. McGinty research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

Emma E. McGinty's Articles: (4)

News media coverage of U.S. Ebola policies: Implications for communication during future infectious disease threats

Highlights•82% of news stories mentioned one or more policy-related messages.•The most frequent messages were about isolation (47%) and quarantine (40%).•The least frequent message described risk-based grouping of exposed people (5%).•Nearly all messages increased after diagnosis of first case of Ebola in the U.S.

Public perceptions of arguments supporting and opposing recreational marijuana legalization

Highlights•Strong arguments in favor of recreational marijuana legalization focus on economic benefits.•Respondents who agree with economic arguments are more likely to support legalization.•Supportive economic arguments are stronger than opposing public health arguments.

An innovative model to coordinate healthcare and social services for people with serious mental illness: A mixed-methods case study of Maryland's Medicaid health home program

AbstractObjectiveWe conducted a case study examining implementation of Maryland's Medicaid health home program, a unique model for integration of behavioral, somatic, and social services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) in the psychiatric rehabilitation program setting.MethodWe conducted interviews and surveys with health home leaders (N = 72) and front-line staff (N = 627) representing 46 of the 48 total health home programs active during the November 2015–December 2016 study period. We measured the structural and service characteristics of the 46 health home programs and leaders' and staff members' perceptions of program implementation.ResultsHealth home program structure varied across sites: for example, 15% of programs had co-located primary care providers and 76% had onsite supported employment providers. Most leaders and staff viewed the health home program as having strong organizational fit with psychiatric rehabilitation programs' organizational structures and missions, but noted implementation challenges around health IT, population health management, and coordination with external providers.ConclusionMaryland's psychiatric rehabilitation-based health home is a promising model for integration of behavioral, somatic, and social services for people with SMI but may be strengthened by additional policy and implementation supports, including incentives for external providers to engage in care coordination with health home providers.

Research ArticleIgnition Interlock Laws: Effects on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes, 1982–2013

IntroductionAlcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of preventable mortality in the U.S., leading to more than 10,000 fatalities in 2013. Ignition interlocks, or alcohol-sensing devices connected to a vehicle’s ignition to prevent it from starting if a driver has a predetermined blood alcohol content (BAC) level, are a promising avenue for preventing alcohol-involved driving. This study sought to assess the effects of laws requiring ignition interlocks for some or all drunk driving offenders on alcohol-involved fatal crashes.MethodsA multilevel modeling approach assessed the effects of state interlock laws on alcohol-involved fatal crashes in the U.S. from 1982 to 2013. Monthly data on alcohol-involved crashes in each of the 50 states was collected in 2014 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Random-intercept models accounted for between-state variation in alcohol-involved fatal crash rates and autocorrelation of within-state crash rates over time. Analysis was conducted in 2015.ResultsState laws requiring interlocks for all drunk driving offenders were associated with a 7% decrease in the rate of BAC >0.08 fatal crashes and an 8% decrease in the rate of BAC ≥0.15 fatal crashes, translating into an estimated 1,250 prevented BAC >0.08 fatal crashes. Laws requiring interlocks for segments of high-risk drunk driving offenders, such as repeat offenders, may reduce alcohol-involved fatal crashes after 2 years of implementation.ConclusionsIgnition interlock laws reduce alcohol-involved fatal crashes. Increasing the spread of interlock laws that are mandatory for all offenders would have significant public health benefit.

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