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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, August 10, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week. Latino seniors more likely to be ‘food insecure’ than others – “As this population ages, many of the senior men and women are facing food insecurity, meaning that either they don’t get nutritious meal or, in some cases, they go hungry. Food insecurity among Latino elders nationwide is 15.4 percent compared to 3.7 percent of non-Latino white in the same age group.” >> Read More

The Root: What ‘Obamacare’ Means for Women’s Health – “African-American women, other ethnic-minority women, low-income women and women in rural communities were disproportionately and detrimentally affected (pdf) by the nation’s inadequate health care system. While Gov. Mitt Romney may be aware of the impact of the nation’s old health care system on women, he still vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act while offering no plans to replace it or its measures to preserve and protect the health, health care, wellness and freedom of American women.” >> Read More

SF Public Press: Poll: Air pollution takes heaviest toll on black, Latino communities – “Monday night’s large crude-oil fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, which produced a towering column of acrid black smoke and aroused widespread panic in the area, served as a dramatic backdrop to new research showing that minorities and low-income people believe they bear the brunt of health problems related to air pollution.” >> Read More

Center for American Progress: Idea of the Day: Close Gaps in Latino Health Care – “It should come as no surprise that the Hispanic population, similar to most working-class communities, faces significant barriers to accessing adequate health care. According to a 2007 study from the Pew Hispanic Center, 6 in 10 of those Latino adults who are not citizens or legal permanent residents lack health insurance coverage.” >> Read More

Reuters: Health reform may expose immigrant status of millions – “As she was ushered into surgery eight years ago, Paula was confident that doctors at Washington’s Howard University Hospital would find the cancer that had been growing in her right breast for months. She was less certain about where she would wake up the next day.” >> Read More

Diverse Elders Coalition: The Unique Needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Elders – “Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders are one of the fastest-growing groups of ethnic elderly in the U.S. but remain largely invisible. Each elder faces unique challenges to obtaining a high quality of life in their later years. Unfortunately, AAPI elder needs are not well-researched, their concerns are often not addressed by current public policies, and few programs and services are designed for their specific needs. Language and cultural barriers present difficult barriers to care since programs and services designed for a broader population are often inaccessible to AAPI elders due to limited outreach efforts in their communities.” >> Read More

Center for American Progress: The State of Latinos in the United States – “Our country is rapidly changing. As we approach the year 2050, our nation will be increasingly more diverse, and Latinos will be one of the forces driving this demographic change. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate, there are roughly 50.5 million Hispanics representing about 16 percent of the U.S. population. By 2050, when demographers tell us that there will be no racial or ethnic majority among the general population of the United States, it is projected that the Latino population will double to 30 percent. Consequently, the role of Latinos in shaping our country’s political and economic climate is becoming more significant.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: CA Hospital Overcrowding Disproportionately Affects Minority Patients, Study Says – “California hospital overcrowding disproportionately affects minority patients, according to a study published today. The study by UC San Francisco, Stanford University and UCLA researchers measured hospital overcrowding in 202 California facilities by analyzing ambulance diversion rates, or how often ambulances are turned away from an emergency department. They found that hospitals that serve large minority populations were more likely to divert ambulances to other hospitals.” >> Read More

UC Health: Revealing importance of culture in Latino dental health – “Maria Orellana, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor in the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, has long observed that Latino parents are often more resistant to having their children get braces or retainers to straighten teeth than parents of other ethnicities. But beyond simply recognizing this trend, Orellana wants to know why.“I’m trying to understand what is preventing Latinos from getting the dental and orthodontic care other people are getting. Is it mainly economical or something else?” she says.” >> Read More

The Legal Examiner: Obamacare: The Specific Benefits and Effects on Connecticut Residents – “The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the nation’s health reform law bodes well for Connecticut, where the Affordable Care Act has funneled $192 million in federal funds to implement the law and impacted the lives of millions of residents as of June 2012. Since the law’s enactment in 2010, millions of Connecticut residents of all ages have benefited from prescription drug discounts, free preventive care, business tax credits, community wellness initiatives and more.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: Teen pregnancy plunges but sex can still be taboo among Latina moms – “This is a reality for many young Latinas, particularly those of immigrant parents. When bicultural Latina teens try to assert their independence, this may cause conflict with traditional parents. As a result, these young women can sometimes feel alienated. This tension can contribute to our high teen pregnancy rates.” >> Read More

Conversations in Equity: Silence as a Risk Factor for Health Disparities – “Having been raised in the South by my grandmother, I was taught there were topics that were inappropriate to discuss in public. There often was a culture of silence around issues of sexuality, marital infidelity, homophobia and other forms of sexual difference, poverty, neglect and abuse, and specific health problems people were experiencing. It wasn’t that people didn’t talk about these matters; they just didn’t regularly talk about them in public spaces. Instead, we whispered about them in safe, private spaces with people who shared our sensibilities. Any public talk that would expose, embarrass, alienate, or bring harm to a member of our family or close social network was avoided. While some of this silence was meant to be protective, there were unintended negative health consequences that emerged.” >> 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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