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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, August 17, 2012

Here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

New Haven Register: ‘Health equity index’ helps Connecticut care providers zero in on socioeconomic health disparities (video, document) – “Residents in Hartford’s Northeast and Upper Albany areas lead shorter and sicker lives than people in the West End. African American and Hispanic males in New Haven’s poor neighborhoods are at greater risk of being murdered than residents a few blocks away.” >> Read More Some below poverty line don’t qualify for Medicaid – “Governors in those five states have said they’ll reject the Medicaid expansion underpinning Obama’s health law after the Supreme Court’s decision gave states that option. They favor small government and say they can’t afford the added cost to their states even if it’s delayed by several years. Some states estimate the expansion could ultimately cost them a billion dollars a year or more. Many of the people affected by the decision are working parents who are poor — but not poor enough — to qualify for Medicaid.” >> Read More

CDC: Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities – “The purpose of the CDC/DNPAO Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities.  The Toolkit’s primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: White Denial and Black Middle-Class Realities (Part 1) – “The denial of racism is an obsession of white America. In what has become a holy trinity of sorts – accusing others of playing the “race card;” noting the election of Barack Obama; and citing the success of the black middle class and/or the black elite – the denial of racism and the demonization of those who demand that America fulfill its creed of equality plagues contemporary racial discussions.” >> Read More

The Dirt: Parks Are Part of Our Healthcare System – ““Parks are a part of our healthcare system,” said Dr. Daphne Miller, a professor of family and community medicine, University of California, San Francisco, at the Greater & Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, a conference in New York City. She said these green spaces are crucial to solving hypertension, anxiety, depression, diabetes — “the diseases of indoor living.” The more someone spends outdoors, the less likely they are to suffer from mental or physical disorders. But she said parks officials and the medical profession still needs more data to take aim at the many “naysayers on the other side” who don’t believe in what every landscape architect values.”” >> Read More

The Press-Enterprise: Doctors target gun violence as a social disease – “Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease. What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws that slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago, even as the number of vehicles on the road rose.” >> Read More

mobile Commerce Health: mHealth initiatives are proving especially helpful within the Hispanic population – “The hope is that with properly targeted mhealth technology and campaigns, those Hispanics who have struggled with cultural and language barriers as well as treatment stigmas and have avoided medical care will now be able to overcome those hurdles and obtain far superior care.” >> Read More

Huffington: STDs In California On The Rise (PHOTOS) – “Generally, you expect to see preventable diseases decline in advanced societies. Not so with some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in California. Syphilis cases in the Golden State jumped by 18 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to new data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). There was also a 5 percent increase in chlamydia cases and a 1.5 percent increase in gonorrhea cases. Across the board, the STD rates among African Americans continue to be strikingly high, especially in comparison to the other racial groups.” >> Read More

Los Angeles Times: In Vietnamese community, treating taboos on cancer – “Over the last decade, health professionals have made inroads and increased cancer awareness and acceptance in the Vietnamese community. But cultural obstacles, lack of insurance, language barriers and poor access to health services still contribute to scores of avoidable or premature cancer deaths among Vietnamese Americans, officials say.” >> Read More Addressing health inequalities requires looking beyond individual responsibility – “A new report by the Canadian Medical Association provides a timely reminder that money buys better health, even in a country with a universal public health-care system. A poll commissioned by the CMA found a large and increasing gap between the health status of Canadians in lower income groups (household income less than $30,000) and their wealthier counterparts (household income over $60,000).” >> Read More

Fox News Latinos: Latinos Fall through the Cracks in Anti-Medicaid States – “The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimated last year that the Affordable Care Act – referred to by its opponents as “Obamacare” – would extend Medicaid coverage to some 8 million Latinos. That was before the July Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to refuse to expand Medicaid without incurring penalties. Now several states, including Florida and Texas, say they will decline to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law, leaving many Latinos too poor to afford health insurance, but not poor enough for Medicaid.” >> Read More

Trust for America’s Health: Issue Brief: Analysis of Obesity Rates by State – “Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to a new analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The analysis used the state obesity rates released made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South.” >> 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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