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Health Disparities Round-Up – August 22, 2014

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

CT News Junkie: Advocates Call For Outreach Workers “Health care advocates told the Access Health CT Board of Directors Thursday that they need to consider hiring a group of outreach workers to help people enroll in health insurance. The second round of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins in mid-November, but advocates say there’s been no steps taken by the board to renew the in-person outreach program.” >> Read More

Yale School of Public Health: Community Health Workers Help Control Diabetes, Study Finds – “A new NIH-funded study led by the Yale School of Public Health shows the effectiveness of a peer-counseling program integrated within the health care management team in helping the Latino community control blood glucose levels and improve diabetes management. Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, suffer from noticeably higher rates of type 2 diabetes and its related complications than the general population.  According to the National Diabetes Education Program, the risk of diagnosed diabetes is 66 percent higher among Latinos than among non-Latino whites.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Fact check: What impact did Obamacare have on CT’s uninsured rate? – “State officials declared this month that the number of Connecticut residents without health insurance had been cut nearly in half — from almost 8 percent of the population to 4 percent — following the implementation of Obamacare. That 4 percent figure is almost certain to be a talking point in the coming months as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, one of the officials touting the drop, campaigns for re-election.” >> Read More

The Courant: Effort To Improve Health In Impoverished North End Starts In The ER – “Two years later, with the assistance of a case manager through a local nonprofit, Knowlin has stabilized her diabetes and is on fewer medications. She was among a dozen people in a pilot program by Saint Francis and a non-profit called Community Solutions to reduce emergency-department visits. The small program is trying to address a persistent problem that may hold the key to holding down runaway health care costs, not just here but across the country: how to keep people, especially in poorer neighborhoods, from using emergency rooms like doctors’ offices. At issue, however, is a much broader challenge of the relationship between poverty and poor health.” >> Read More

Latin Post: National Center for Health Statistics Report: Teen Birth Rate Has Drastically Decreased Over Past Two Decades – “In state-by-state breakdowns, it appears the South and Southwest’s rates are higher while the lowest birth rates occur in the Northeast. Statistics among racial and ethnic groups also widely range, with Hispanic teens having the highest rate of 46.3 per 1,000 teens and Asian or Pacific Islanders at the low end with only 9.7. Births for other demographics include 20.5 for white and 43.9 for black teens according to USA Today.” >> 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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