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Health Disparities Round-Up – December 12, 2014

iStock_000026076675SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Atlantic: Medicine’s Unrelenting Race Gap – “If you’re black and you’re having a heart attack in an American hospital, the care you will receive is now almost as good as if you were white. There’s an 86 percent chance you will be undergoing cardiac catheterization within 90 minutes of arriving to the emergency department—which is the standard of quality care. If you were white, that chance would be 92 percent, a mere 6 percent difference.” >> Read More

Fox CT: Connecticut ranks in top five for good health – “The Annual American Health Rankings are out — and Connecticut cracked the top five – coming in fourth place, up from seventh place. According to the list, Connecticut got high grades for having a low prevalence of smoking, high immunization coverage among children, and a low rate of occupational fatalities. However, the report said the state still faced challenges with binge drinking, preventable hospitalizations, and the disparity in health status by education level.” >> Read More

CityLab: A Wider Wage Gap Means More African-American Deaths, but Not White Ones – “The income gap between the rich and the poor is known to affect mortality, and a new study reveals that there is also a racial component. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley have examined the association of income inequality with the number of deaths in white and African-American communities. For African Americans, the number of deaths go hand-in-hand with the extent of income inequality; for white Americans, the trend is reversed.” >> Read More

US News and World Report: Report: More Minorities Studying Public Health – “The health care workforce in the U.S. looks significantly different from many of its patients. About 4 percent of doctors are African-American, even though African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. And while Hispanics were 16.3 percent of the population in 2010, about 5.4​ ​percent were dentists, according to the Hispanic Dental Association. ​The number of minorities are also low in nursing and other health fields. But when it comes to the number of minorities in public health, a career that includes jobs for teaching about health care and building healthy communities, minorities are growing strong in​ numbers.” >> Read More

Triblive News: Study: Racial health disparities decline in some areas – “Black and Hispanic Americans fighting certain heart problems are getting better treatment at hospitals across the country, according to a study that found declining racial disparities in several areas of health care. University of Pittsburgh researchers contributed to the national analysis, which shows narrower gaps in the quality of hospital care received by black, Hispanic and white patients for three ailments: pneumonia, heart attacks and heart failure. The New England Journal of Medicine published the findings on Wednesday.” >> Read More

The Hub: Experts focus on health, equitable communities – “Education, income and race can mean the difference between health and illness, and even life and death. “We know it’s there; the question is what to do about it,” said Dr. Robert Like, professor and director at the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School. Recognizing the persistent health disparities among communities throughout the state, the “Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Conference” sought to equip participants with the resources to work toward eliminating such inequities. With a focus on children and obesity, the Dec. 3 conference at the Pines Manor brought together more than 300 community leaders, dieticians, teachers, school nurses and social workers.” >> 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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