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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, December 30, 2011

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

New York Times: The Road From Poverty to Health – “Along with that come some counterintuitive truths. First, that health care, while crucial to individual survival, makes at best a modest contribution to population health.” >> Read More

Nola.com: Startup grocer gets fresh-food loan – “The Fresh Food Retailer Initiative is one of two programs to recently push to expand access to healthy food choices for New Orleanians. The ASI Federal Credit Union said in October that it plans to start making loans to launch grocery stores and other healthful food businesses in low-income communities.” >> Read More

New York Times: Poverty and Obesity – “Sadly, rates for black and Hispanic children declined far less than those for white children, an indication that disparities still exist in impoverished communities with less access to fresh fruits and vegetables and safe recreation, smaller food budgets and a large number of fast-food restaurants.” >> Read More

Kaiser Health News: Connecticut Drops Insurers From Medicaid – “On Jan. 1, Connecticut will jettison its private health plans from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program. Instead of paying the companies a set monthly fee to cover the health costs of more than 400,000 children and parents, the state will assume financial responsibility.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Study Takes Aim At Education-Based Death Rate Disparities – “A study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review has brought new understanding as to why death rates for less educated middle aged adults are much higher than for their more educated peers despite increased awareness and treatments aimed at reducing health disparities.”  >> Read More

Wicked Local: Studies calls economic, racial inequities threats to economy – “Rising income inequality, stagnant job and wage growth and deep-rooted racial and ethnic disparities threaten Massachusetts’ economic future, according to two independent reports this week. >> Read More

Connecticut Health I-Team: Hospitals: Same Surgery, Widely Different Rates – “Each time John Dempsey Hospital performs a cardiac valve surgery, the hospital receives a median payment of $82,589 from Medicare – about $23,000 more than the median paid to Danbury Hospital for the same surgical procedure.” >> Read More


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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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