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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, August 24, 2012

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

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Poverty takes its toll on life expectancy – “We’re living in two Americas. But unlike 50 years ago, when Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” shone a spotlight on poverty among certain groups within the U.S., today’s “other America” is one of profound differences in the most precious of all commodities – the length of our lives. We’ve known for some time now of the health and longevity disparities between blacks and whites. But, as new findings by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, recently published in Health Affairs, demonstrate, the story about these longevity gaps has gone through some rather startling changes.” >> Read More Physicians face multiple challenges in combating cancer disparities – “Black men are diagnosed with cancer and die of the disease at higher rates than other racial, ethnic or gender groups, the CDC said. The incidence of cancer is 599.2 per 100,000 black men compared with 523.6 per 100,000 white men. Death rates among black men are 280.1 per 100,000 compared with 213.3 per 100,000 white men, say CDC statistics, updated Aug. 6. Black women have higher death rates from cancer at 171 per 100,000 compared with 148.2 per 100,000 white women.” >> Read More

Family Practice News: Black, Latino Children Show Health Disparities by Fifth Grade – “As early as fifth grade, black and Latino children show striking disparities across a broad range of health-related behaviors, experiences, and outcomes, compared with non-Latino white children, according to a study published Aug. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Data have been limited for the pediatric population concerning disparities in such health-related problems as witnessing or perpetrating violence, smoking, not using seat belts, obesity, experiencing discrimination, and drinking alcohol.” >> Read More

Hartford Courant: In Hartford, West End Residents Healthier Than Those In Northeast, Upper Albany Neighborhoods – “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. The stigma of teenage pregnancy keeps girls in Groton’s Fieldcrest neighborhood from seeking first-trimester prenatal care, even when services are readily available.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Using Supportive Housing to Help Solve the Prison Problem – “Throughout the country, prisons are stressing state budgets. Recidivism rates are high, driving costs even higher and reducing public safety. And for the small cohort of state inmates who have very high health care needs, the costs are higher still. Those men and women have histories of mental illness, substance use, chronic illness and homelessness — and they cycle between the streets and expensive institutions, jails and prisons. But there’s a solution that works to tackle the seemingly insurmountable problem of this high-need, high-cost group: supportive housing.” >> Read More

NPR: Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities – “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder has focused attention on the shame that sometimes accompanies mental health diagnoses in the African-American community. Psychiatrist William Lawson joins NPR’s John Donvan to discuss why such a stigma exists.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: Salud Today: Hispanics cite obesity, lack of exercise as biggest health problem for kids – “U.S. adults rate “not enough exercise” at the top of the list of big health problems for children in their communities, according to the sixth annual survey of top health concerns conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Other top health concerns include childhood obesity, smoking, drug abuse and bullying.” >> 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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