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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, January 27, 2012

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

Improving Population Health: Make Way for Starbucks’ Community Stores – “Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz explained, “Starbucks is partnering with two organizations doing heroic work to address the economic, social, and educational challenges in their communities. These two partnerships are intended to help us learn how our company can successfully join with change-making community organizations in a localized, coordinated, and replicable way.” >> Read More

Examiner: The State of Black Health: A Dual and Unequal System – “The reality is that for poor African- Americans and other minorities, health status and outcomes are not aberrations, they are pervasive and system-wide. Along with the poor performance of the health system, poor nutrition, toxin-exposed environments, insufficient housing, poor health habits and health-risky behaviors also create a detrimental state for the disadvantaged.” >> Read More

The Chronicle of Higher Education: America’s Health Threat: Poor Urban Design – “At that moment, Dr. Jackson says, “I realized that the major threat was how we had built America.” His center had already been dealing with problems that he suspected had origins in the built environment—asthma caused by particulates from cars and trucks, water contamination from excessive runoff, lead poisoning from contaminated houses and soil, and obesity, heart conditions, and depression exacerbated by stressful living conditions, long commutes, lack of access to fresh food, and isolating, car-oriented communities.” >> Read More

Connecticut Health I-Team: Teen Births: Nearly One-Half To Hispanics – “Hispanic teen birth rates in Connecticut are 8.5 times higher than whites and almost double that of African Americans for girls ages 15 to 19. Of the 2,626 teen births in 2009, almost half – 1,277 – were to Hispanics, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.” >> Read More Cancer Study Examines Diets High in Fish – “The analyses found that diets high in dark fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines reduced the risk of prostate cancer if the fish were cooked at low temperatures, like baking or boiling. This suggested protective effect disappeared when the fish was cooked at high temperatures, such as broiling, grilling or pan-frying.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Community Health Center launches telemedicine program – “Community Health Center Inc., which has sites across the state, on Friday launched an internal telemedicine program aimed at expanding access to specialized care for patients with hepatitis C and HIV. The program is based on Project ECHO, a model developed at the University of New Mexico that allows primary care providers to consult with specialists about conditions that typically require specialty care. It was started as a way to ensure that patients in rural New Mexico who didn’t have access to specialists could get treatment for hepatitis C.” >> Read More

RWJF New Public Heath: Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting: Intersection of Health and Transportation – “This week, more than 11,000 transportation and transportation research professionals convene in Washington, DC for the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting to discuss exactly those issues. Yesterday’s full-day workshop, “Intersection of Health and Transportation: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and How We Can Better Integrate Health Considerations Into Transportation Decisions,” organized by the TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee is a chance to look at how we drive, metro, walk and bike and how it affects our health.” >> Read More

Time Healthland: Can Better Access to Health Care Really Lower Costs? – Health care access — as measured by the ease and timeliness with which people obtain medical services — is a key indicator of quality of care. Some people have high-quality care, with round-the-clock access to doctors. Others don’t, waiting months for an appointment, resorting to Google for medical advice and the ER for primary care. In other words, having an insurance card or even a doctor doesn’t mean you have good access to health care. >> Read More

Daily Politics: Creativity For Medical Care – Lincoln Medical And Mental Health Center in the Bronx is cutting a deal with local artists: Your creativity for our care. >> Read More

Courant: New Apartment Signals A ‘Journey Home’ For Hartford Man – ‘Vulnerability Index’ Targets At-Risk Homeless For Housing – “The index takes into account factors, including number of ER visits and hospitalizations in a given year, being over 60 years old or having HIV/AIDS, liver disease, kidney disease, a history of frostbite or hypothermia and/or tri-morbidity — the category for those grappling with addiction, mental illness and chronic physical health issues (it is to this category that Ibarrondo belongs). To qualify as vulnerable, individuals must also have been homeless for at least six months.” >> Read More

KCET: What is Green Justice? – “Green justice includes green local jobs, parks and recreation, quality education (including physical education), alleviating health disparities related to the lack of physical activity and healthy eating, transportation justice, climate justice, and other issues that lie at the intersection of equal justice, public health and the built environment. Green justice includes questions of governance and democratic participation. Green justice also includes action – concrete action – like creating new parks, greening urban rivers, keeping public beaches public, and keeping school yards open after school and on weekends. What do things like soccer and obesity and buses have to do with civil rights? Plenty. >> 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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