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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, August 3, 2012

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

Huffington Post: Starting This Week: Affordable Preventive Care for Millions of Women – “On August 1 — the date the Affordable Care Act’s preventive health care services provisions kick in — women across the nation will have another set of reasons to rejoice. Women will finally have access to essential services without expensive co-payments and deductibles that for too long have stood in the way of women accessing the care they need. Health insurance plans will cover protective and preventive services like screening and counseling for domestic violence. And women will also have access to coverage for all FDA-approved contraception, counseling and screening for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and testing for gestational diabetes and HPV.” >> Read More

American Psychological Association: Poverty, health disparities and the nation’s children – “In 2011, as part of its Strategic Plan, APA approved the Health Disparities Initiative. Although there are many definitions for health disparities, in general the term refers to “avoidable” differences in health among communities of people who experience different social and economic discrimination and exclusion based on a number of factors such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, sexual orientation and geographic location (APA, 2012). The Health Disparities Initiative focuses on stress, obesity and substance abuse and addiction — health conditions that were selected because of their pervasiveness in communities experiencing health disparities, their association with chronic diseases, and the APA and psychology’s growing expertise within these areas (APA, 2012).” >> Read More

PR Newswire: Senator John Kerry Leads Unanimous Passage Of The Legislation In U.S. Senate Urging Federal Research Support To Improve Early Detection Of Prostate Cancer – “U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) led unanimous passage of the Senate Resolution 493 to recognize prostate cancer as an epidemic striking African American men disproportionately, with 250% higher mortality and 60% higher incidence. This bipartisan legislation urges federal agencies to support research for the advancement of diagnostic tools, including novel biomarkers and imaging technologies. Improved diagnostic tools will save lives and assure individualized, the least invasive and the most cost-effective patient care in millions of American men.” >> Read More

New York Post: NY health-care pays $24B a year for ‘preventable’ illnesses to minorities: state official – “New York’s health-care system is paying a staggering $24 billion a year to help cover sky-high hospital and emergency costs for “preventable” illnesses suffered by minority patients, The Post has learned. State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah said the minority communities are not at fault — he blames a shortage of doctors and a lack of preventive care in their neighborhoods.” >> Read More

thegrio: Neighborhood, not income, linked to Chicago health disparities – “A recent study shows that the differences in neighborhood conditions strongly predict who will be healthy, who will be sick, and who will live longer, independent of income. The Washington, D.C.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Study released Thursday a report that examines how social and economic conditions in Cook County are linked to poor health outcomes that examines how social and economic conditions in Cook County are linked to poor health outcomes.” >> Read More

The Root DC Live: Time for more focus on young men of color – “Young men of color represent a critical and growing generation of Americans. Yet they are a group at risk of falling short of their potential, living less healthy lives and failing to build and strengthen their communities. This country will be all the poorer if that happens.” >> Read More

Medline Plus: Black Teens in Public Housing Twice As Likely to Smoke: Study – “Black teens living in public housing communities are more than twice as likely to smoke as their peers in other U.S. communities, researchers have found. The findings, published in the August issue of Addictive Behaviors, suggest that early interventions are needed to prevent young people in these communities from lighting up.” >> Read More

examiner.com: Mobile health is a pathway to reduce disparities – “Since more than 85% of the U.S. population owns a cell phone, text-messaging-based cell phone projects to connect with the underserved in the U.S. have been successful.” >> Read More

Medical Xpress: Even with insurance, racial disparities in breast cancer treatment persist – “Using linked data from the New Jersey State Cancer Registry and New Jersey Medicaid Research files, the research study included 237 black women and 485 white women between the ages of 20 and 64 who were diagnosed with early breast cancer between 1997 and 2001. Three types of treatment delays were examined: surgery, radiation following surgery, and hormonal therapy and/or chemotherapy following surgery.” >> Read More

American Progress: HIV/AIDS Inequality: Structural Barriers to Prevention, Treatment, and Care in Communities of Color – “The social determinants of health—“the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system”—weigh more heavily in the cause and course of every leading category of illness than do any attitudinal, behavioral, or genetic determinant. This is the case for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and it is equally true for the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” >> Read More

BET: Commentary: To Help End AIDS, Help End Homophobia – “HIV and AIDS are two of the bleakest problems facing African-Americans today. AIDS is currently the leading cause of death for Black women between the ages of 25 and 44. Rates of infection in Black communities in New York and Washington, D.C., rival those of places in Sub-Saharan Africa, and all the emerging data suggests things are only getting worse. This year, for instance, a report showed that a Black man who has sex with men has a 25 percent chance of getting HIV by the time he turns 25, the highest the chance has ever been.” >> Read More

Washington Post: Maker of film on the black church and AIDS probes tension between faith and knowledge – “Churches are filled with talk of a God “who can do anything,” Grant said in the interview. “For African Americans, it’s the difference between what we know and what we believe.” In hymns, Jesus does work similar to that done by a doctor, but should that cause African Americans to have less faith in what doctors can achieve? Can believers come to understand the science of disease well enough to make use of modern medicine to protect their health while still trusting in God?” >> 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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