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Health Disparities News Round Up – Friday, November 4, 2011

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health news and reports from this past week.

White House: >> Improving Health Disparities Data for a Healthier Nation – With respect to race and ethnicity, we can now collect more data on key groups. The data categories for Asian American and Pacific Islander populations have  been expanded. >> Read more 

Politico: Health Disparities may be beyond HHS reach – The health reform law gives federal health officials a new mandate to address the fact that racial and ethnic minorities tend to be sicker than the rest of the population. But there are limits to what they can actually do about the problem. >> Read more

New York Times:  A Mobile Oasis in a ‘Food Desert’ – Food deserts, communities lacking access to supermarkets or other sources of fresh, healthful food, are typically thought of as being in isolated, rural areas. But as the shock waves of the recession reverberate across society, food deserts have engulfed places like Germantown. >> Read more

Reuters: Women still lag economics, politics: report – Women are almost on par with men around the world in health and education, but they still lag in economic and political participation and opportunities, according to a World Economic Forum report released on Tuesday. >> Read more

Journal of American Academy of Physicians Assistants:  The debut, and Health Disparities’ bold take on equality issues – “The issue is a call to action for PAs and others interested in turning around disparities, calling out troubled data that impact a variety of populations.”  >> Read more

Digital Journal:  Did you know that health living is American is an equal opportunity for all? Health is one’s life. As Billy Graham said, “When wealth is lost nothing is lost, but when health is lost all is lost.” The Mary-Jay Alliance believes that prevention is better than intervention, and that everyone can be as healthy as they want to be, if care is taken. Americans can put an end to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, immune disorders, etc., by incorporating some simple changes to their daily regimen. >> Read more

The Nonprofit Quarterly:  Childhood Obesity and Hunger Both Indicators of Poverty — As indicators of this relatively recent shift, representatives from the organization explained that between 2000 and 2009 the number of children living in poverty in the state doubled, and that the state jumped from having the second lowest rate of obese and overweight children in 2003 to having the tenth highest rate in 2007 (the second highest rate of growth, behind Nevada) >> Read more

Cardiology Today: Disparate Cardiovascular Health: A Variance that Refuses to Disappear – The first acknowledgement of the disparities gap in CV health was met with much skepticism and disbelief. Many of our colleagues trusted that we had overcome the legacy of our troubled US history of inequities in medical care.>> Read more

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: Helping the Doubly-Disadvantaged: The Role of Neighborhoods in Health – These sorts of disparities across neighborhoods have generated long-standing concern that poor families living in high-poverty neighborhoods might be “doubly-disadvantaged”—both poor and living in a high-poverty environment that may be harmful to their health. >> Read more

Black Voices News: Michelle Obama Join Food Desert Fight – And when it comes to healthy eating, especially for children, Obama said America should to do more than just give ‘lip service.’ “We can talk all we want about making healthy choices about the food we serve our kids, but if parents don’t have anywhere to buy those foods, then that’s all it is – it’s just talk,” explained Obama. >> Read more

Reuters: Inequality dents U.S. rank in U.N. development index – The United States remains the fourth best country in the world to live in, but adjustment for inequality drops it into 23rd place, according to an annual U.N. ranking of nations’ development released on Wednesday.  >> Read more

Newswise: Immigrants at Greater Risk for Poor Health the Longer They Reside in the US – The results showed that those who have lived in the U.S. for 20 years have a 98 percent greater chance of being obese and 68 percent greater odds of having hypertension. >> Read more















About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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