Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.
Hartford Courant: Racial, Ethnic Disparities Common In CT Hospital Readmissions – “Those disparities in two of the most common reasons for hospitalizations among state residents point to larger problems in access to care, underlying health status and insurance coverage, according to a study published today in Connecticut Medicine, the journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society.”>> Read More
The CT Mirror: Six things to know about Obamacare and taxes – “People who got discounted insurance might have to pay some back — or get a refund. Close to 60,000 Connecticut residents received federal subsidies to discount their health insurance premiums last year. Those subsidies are actually tax credits, paid in advance to a person’s insurance company. The amount is based on a person’s income. If you received one of those tax credits, you’ll have to reconcile the discount you received with your actual income. If you earned more than anticipated when you applied for coverage, you might have to pay back some of the money used to discount your premiums. If you earned less, you could get some money back, since you’d be entitled to a larger tax credit than the government already paid.” >> Read more
Huffington Post: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities – “Like so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/ AIDS. I’ve also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation. Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of us to honor the memory of those we’ve lost, and to call attention to the fact that HIV continues to disproportionately affect African American men, women, and youth. The numbers are startling: African Americans represent only 14 percent of the U.S. population, but account for almost half of all new HIV infections in the United States per year, as well as more than one-third of all people living with HIV in our nation.” >> Read more
BET: Black Breastfeeding Gatherings Battle Troubling Health Gaps – “Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding — an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community. It’s part of a grassroots movement that breast-feeding advocates think just might yield profound benefits — potentially helping diminish health gaps facing black Americans, from higher rates of infant mortality and childhood obesity, to more breast cancer deaths and heart disease in adults. Breast-feeding is thought to help protect against these ills — and it’s much less common among U.S. black women than in whites and others. Rates have improved in recent years but the disparity remains.” >> Read more
HealthCanal: Treat your heart well during American Heart Month – “Having a close relative who has heart disease puts you at higher risk for CVD. Health disparities based on geography also exist. During 2007–2009, death rates due to heart disease were the highest in the South and lowest in the West. Race and ethnicity also affect your risk. Nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of CVD. And African Americans are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to have high blood pressure and to develop the condition earlier in life. About 2 in 5 African American adults have high blood pressure, yet fewer than half of them have the condition under control.” >> Read more
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