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Health Disparities Round-Up – February 21, 2014

Êðåñëî-êàòàëêà â êîðèäîðå áîëüíèöû.  Wheel chair at the hospitalJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

the CT mirror: DSS system woes burden CT’s senior centers, aging agencies – “The new system for handling paperwork and centralizing calls to the state Department of Social Services was intended to make it easier for clients to get services and information. But many people who work in senior centers, town social service offices and senior housing complexes say it’s instead led to more elderly residents losing benefits, low-income clients having to pay out-of-pocket for medication while waiting for their cases to be straightened out, and more of their own time devoted to trying to fix problems caused by the new system.” >> Read More

The Street: Economy Takes $109B Hit Annually From Black, Latino Men Health Gap – “It’s old news we are not all treated equal in the United States, but research suggests race looms large when it comes to inequalities in health status and care, and at enormous cost to the nation’s economy. A study last month in the International Journal of Men’s Health found that the U.S. economy took a $96.8 billion hit between 2006 and 2009 in excess medical costs due to inequalities in health for African-American men, or $24.2 million annually. Remarkably, no direct excess costs from health disparities were detected for other racial or ethnic groups.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Partnering for Action in African American Communities – “What was clear in this meeting was that many of the goals the president set forth in his State of the Union address will become reality because of the strong partnerships that he and his administration have forged with leaders from the civil rights community who work hard every day to advocate equality and opportunity for all.” >> Read More

The Washington Informer: CHAVIS: Affordable Health Care for Black America – “For the majority of more than 45 million Black Americans and millions of others who have been historically denied equal access to quality health care, it is of paramount importance to have a greater public awareness and understanding of the current opportunities for access to health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).” >> Read More

WNPR News: Still No Obamacare Website for State’s Spanish Speakers – “The Spanish-language website that will enroll state residents in Obamacare is still facing delays. In fact, officials say it could be another two weeks until it is operational. The goal was December. Now, it looks as though it may not be functional until early March. The original goal was to have the site go live at the same time as the English language site on October 1. That didn’t happen. Then, the goal was December. Now, it looks as though it may not be functional until early March. Open enrollment ends March 31.” >> Read More

Blog.AIDS.gov: Progress Made on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities – “Today, the Office of the Vice President, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy welcomed community leaders and Federal colleagues to celebrate progress to date by the President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities. It is timely that we gather at the White House during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As the President proclaimed, girls and young women ages 16 to 24 are at the highest risk for dating violence, and this February, “we renew our commitment to preventing abuse, supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable, and building a culture of respect.” >> Read More

The Courant: Connecticut Gets An F On Quality Of Care Report – “Connecticut was among 41 states nationwide to earn a failing grade from health advocates for lacking public information about the quality of care provided by doctors. “Consumers should be able to find out if their local primary care physician is delivering good quality care without having to go through hoops,” said Francois de Brantes, executive director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute in Newtown, which published the report. “Connecticut has no public reporting of physician quality.” Only two states, Minnesota and Washington, received an ‘A.’ California received a ‘C’ and the remaining states earned a ‘D’ or ‘F.’” >> 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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