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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, January 20, 2012

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

The Grio: Rural teens benefit from family intervention – “Increasing family interactions and communication resulted in decreased rates of substance abuse, depression and conduct problems among a group of teens in the rural South, a recent study shows. The program, called Strong African-American Families and Teens, or SAAF-T, is the first known family-centered program of its kind targeting rural African American teens ages 15 to 16. Similar programs have only looked at older or younger adolescents.” >> Read More

California Watch: Study: Bay Area’s urban planning must address public health – “It’s the hub of a busy port and freeways, much of West Oakland has been designated by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as a Community Air Risk Evaluation site, which means residents living there face some of the greatest health risks due to toxic air.” >> Read More

Futurity: Lower death risk tied to 3 primary care traits – “A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine is the first to link comprehensiveness, a patient-centered approach, and extended office hours to lower mortality.” >> Read More

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Obesity Rates Have Leveled Off — But Why? – “Americans may be as heavy as they’re going to get — at least for now. That’s what new government data suggest. While obesity rates climbed sharply in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, their increase has slowed or leveled off in many population groups since then, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in two articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. >> Read More

Huffington Post: Debt, Deficit Denial: Why We Must Fix U.S. Health Care – “As partisans wrangle over fiscal matters like entitlements and taxes, what is getting overlooked is the more real and basic need to reform a huge and inefficient driver of America’s economy: our health care delivery system. We spend far more than any other country on health care. Yet our citizens don’t live as long as people in many other countries. Many of our health outcomes lag far behind other developed nations. The disparities in even basic care are too great between rich and poor. And too many Americans lack basic health insurance coverage.” >> Read More

iHealthBet: Meaningful Use Incentives Increasing, but Disparities Persist – “Despite a sluggish start, federal incentive payments to hospitals have been rising significantly in recent months. Data from CMS show that the nation’s hospitals received nearly $741 million in incentive payments during October and November 2011 for implementing electronic health records. That figure for those two months is about $70 million more than what hospitals received during the first full fiscal year of the program, from its launch in October 2010 through September 2011.” >> Read More

Latino Decision: Language Translation and Latino Health Outcomes – “Political scientists have found evidence that political concepts introduced to respondents in Spanish are not always equivalent to those in English, although it is generally assumed that the measures utilized in both languages are tapping into the same concept. Researchers focused on understanding racial and ethnic health disparities are interested in the ramifications of language translation bias as well. Some suggest that bias associated with the language of interview has led to higher observed rates of Latino health status than would be normally expected.” >> 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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