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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, July 27, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Politico: White House tailors minority health care pitch – “President Barack Obama tends to skim lightly over the details of his health care law in speeches. But his administration has a far more specific pitch to black and Hispanic audiences. The message: Blacks and Hispanics, among whom uninsured rates are significantly higher than among whites, stand to benefit disproportionately under the health law, gaining access to free preventive care and other services that will help reduce existing health care disparities. The sustained outreach from the White House aims to make voters eligible for new benefits aware of them and how to get them.” >> Read More

The Root: Key Juncture for Black Women and HIV/AIDS – “But for women of color, who account for more than 70 percent of new HIV infections in women — black women making up 57 percent, and Latinas making up 16 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the real benefits of the ACA will depend on its implementation. That, according to some experts and advocates, hinges in part on a lesser-discussed open question about the legislation: Whether states will take advantage of the piece of the Supreme Court’s decision that allows them to opt out of taking federal dollars to expand their Medicaid programs, thereby depriving their citizens of coverage.” >> Read More

San Francisco Chronicle: Put women’s health in women’s hands – “The need for HIV prevention and contraception go hand in hand for many women. This is not only true for African American women in Alameda County, but for women across the globe. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. But the only widely available product that protects against HIV and pregnancy at the same time is the condom, a device invented for men centuries ago. Too often, this means women’s lives are in the hands of their male partners. >> Read More

Shots (NPR Health Blog): Black Teens Are Getting The Message On HIV, But Risks Are Still There – New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that black high school students are engaging in risky sexual behavior far less often than they were 20 years ago. Since black teens are the future of the epidemic for the hardest-hit ethnic group, this is encouraging. >> Read More

Telegram: UMass study: Healthy lifestyles can reduce racial disparity in diabetes – “While previous diabetes studies showed a higher incidence of the disease among blacks, Latinos and Asians, a new study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School on women older than 50 found that if healthy lifestyles are adopted, there is a decreased difference among races and ethnicities.” >> Read More

American Cancer Society: Health Equity, Health Disparities: What’s the Story? – “These days we hear a lot about health disparities, cancer disparities, health equity, etc. What is this all about? And why do these terms seem to be more discussed now? MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients, describes health disparities as “differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.” For the World Health Organization (WHO), health equity is “the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among population groups defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically.” Essentially, health equity is about everyone getting a fair shake when it comes to health and healthcare.” >> Read More

the ct mirror: Proposed cutbacks in health care for poor hang in political limbo – “A controversial plan that could end state health assistance for more than 13,000 of Connecticut’s poorest residents fell into political limbo late Tuesday afternoon. After a day-long meeting, two panels of state lawmakers balked — at least for now — at giving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration the go-ahead to set into motion a plan that could limit who in Connecticut can receive Medicaid, government’s health program for the poor.” >> Read More

ScienceLife: The Organizational Clout to Fight Health Disparities – “When it comes to the hard work of narrowing health disparities in the United States, the heavy lifting is most often done by those at the front lines of medicine. Clinics that treat underserved populations, researchers with ideas about how to improve health care access, or hospitals that support such programs are the primary forces in the battle against disparities in cancer, HIV, diabetes and other diseases. But one potential heavyweight in addressing racial and ethnic health gaps has gone largely unnoticed: national physician organizations.” >> 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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