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Health Disparities Round-Up – April 11, 2014

Blood Preasure Monitor on WhiteJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week

WNPR News: For Connecticut’s DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health – “A new report called “Healthy Connecticut 2020,” from the state Department of Public Health, outlines some of the challenges facing Connecticut health care professionals in the coming decade. Dr. Jewel Mullen, the commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health, said the study is a broad look at health promotion and disease prevention. “[It’s] not just from the perspective of the kinds of disease that exist in the population,” she said, “but from the perspective of the conditions that exist in communities, and across health care systems, and in environments that lead to better or worse health.” >> Read More

National Journal: Affordable Care Act May Help Close Gap on Health Disparities – “On April 8, 2011, the Health and Human Services Department unveiled a document called “The Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.” The HHS Action Plan identified strategies, policies, and programs that the department believes will narrow and eventually eliminate persistent gaps between the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and others. Now, provisions of the Affordable Care Act are expected to provide as many as 41 million uninsured individuals with better access to care. Almost half of these are members of ethnic and racial minority groups.” >> Read More

The Courier Journal: Report on health disparities glossed over pollution – “Pollution is barely mentioned in the city’s new and provocative health disparities report, covered in today’s Courier-Journal. The word shows up twice, in a three paragraph passage about air quality. Oddly, it only touches on one kind of air pollution — fine particles — and concludes the air quality is the same across the city. No mention of sulfur dioxide. No toxic dumps. No toxic air. Remember toxic air? A decade ago Louisville was gripped in a bitter battle over its toxic air. A landmark air monitoring study completed in 2003 led to the adoption of the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program in 2005, which featured a phased approach at corralling hazardous air pollutants.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: Connecticut’s Rate Of Uninsured Children Among Lowest In U.S. – “Connecticut had one of the lowest rates of uninsured children in the U.S. at 3.9 percent in 2012, according to a new report released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a public-health philanthropy… Nationally, the rate of uninsured children fell from 9.7 percent to 7.5 percent between 2008 and 2012. Not one state showed an increase in the percentage of uninsured children from 2008 to 2012, though some states still have double-digit rates.” >> Read More

Connecticut I-Health Team: As CT Smoking Rates Decline, County Disparities Remain – “Although smoking rates in Connecticut decreased between 1996 and 2012, striking disparities persist among counties, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The widest gap existed between Windham County, a rural area with the state’s highest overall smoking rate (15.6 percent), and Fairfield County, one of the wealthiest regions in the country, which had the state’s lowest smoking rate (9.5 percent). About twelve percent of the state’s population smoked cigarettes in 2012.” >> 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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