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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, August 31, 2012


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

NBC Latino: Study: More Hispanic children with autism remain undiagnosed – “UC Davis MIND Institute released this week the largest study to date comparing the development of Hispanic and non-Hispanic children and found a higher percentage of Hispanic children often have undiagnosed developmental delays, or autism.  The study included 1,061 children living in California who were between 24 and 60 months of age. The results showed that 6.3 percent of Hispanic children enrolled in the study met criteria for developmental delay and autism, compared with only 2.4 percent of non-Hispanic participants.” >> Read More

The Baltimore Sun: Who will provide for the providers? – “Many recent initiatives and publications, including the Affordable Care Act, National Prevention Strategy (2011) and Healthy Baltimore 2015, emphasize the preventive aspects of health care and the power of healthy communities. Community health promoters provide exactly the types of comprehensive services called for by the current focus on social determinants of health. Yet, very little discussion is dedicated to the challenging realities that shape the lives of those at the front lines of urban health promotion.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Hispanic Education And Employment: Aligning College Degrees With Workforce Needs – “Despite this increase, Latino high school and college graduation rates continue to lag behind those of other groups. The majority of Latinos who earn degrees also do not leave campus with degrees in fields with strong hiring prospects or high-earning potential. With many economists predicting that the nation’s labor market will remain tepid for some time, the drive to expand the Hispanic college completion rate could benefit from aligning what more students study to workforce needs.” >> Read More New challenge calls on software developers to create app for women’s health – “Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge. The Challenge calls on entrepreneurs to create an application for mobile devices that can help underserved and minority women fight and prevent cancer. The challenge is a first-of-its-kind effort to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. HHS is particularly focused on reaching women who might not connect with traditional media sources, especially women of color, and their caregivers. Successful apps will be available to women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.” >> Read More

Health Affairs Blog: ‘Health In All Policies’ At The Department Of Housing And Urban Development – “An August 22 Health Affairs Web First traces the evolution of the health policies of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from the Johnson administration to the Obama administration. The article, by Raphael Bostic of the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and coauthors, also looks at the opportunities and challenges involved in incorporating health considerations into housing and community development policies.” >> Read More

redOrbit: Eye Health Awareness Ranks Alarmingly Low Among Culturally Diverse Groups in the United States Despite High Risk for Vision Conditions – “With culturally diverse populations continuing to grow in the United States, many of which are at increased risk for developing certain vision conditions as compared to the general population, Transitions Optical reveals additional evidence that African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans are not taking the proper steps to care for their eyes.” >> Read more

thectmirror: Study finds widening poverty gap in Connecticut – “The gap between Connecticut’s top wage earners and others continues to grow in the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to a new study that also warns the “have-nots” make up an increasing share of the state’s population. Connecticut Voices for Children, a New Haven-based nonprofit public policy group, also used its annual Labor Day weekend report to highlight shrinking manufacturing jobs and to outline growing economic problems for black,  Hispanic and younger workers.” >> Read More Black Women’s Health Study – “The study followed 59,000 women between the ages of 21 and 69 and looked to see what different conditions manifested in the Black community among women. Surveys were sent to the women every two years and participants then reported what changes, if any, had developed in their bodies. No women were added to the study after the initial group was selected and they continue to be monitored today. All of the information sent in on the survey was confirmed through hospital pathology records and registries, such as the cancer registry, in each state. Findings from the study show many important links between social, mental, and physical health that have never before been focused on.” >> Read More

KTVN: Type 2 Diabetes, Alcohol & Health Disparities – “A new study finds surgery that makes an obese patient’s stomach smaller…is more effective than lifestyle changes and drug treatment in preventing type 2 diabetes. Researchers studied more than 3,000 obese people over 15 years. 110 participants that underwent surgery developed type 2 diabetes compared to 392 who used more traditional weight loss methods.” >> Read More

Being Latino: The Latino Mental Health Crisis – “In a few of my earlier articles, I have used my experiences as a mental health therapist to allude to a topic that deserves a greater amount of attention.  There is a growing crisis in the U.S. Latino community with respect to our mental health practices.  This is an area of heavy research, so I will not burden you with a comprehensive literature review of the data at hand.  Rather, I will instead focus on the particular nature of the crisis: the sobering reality that, when it comes to mental health, the U.S. Latino community is facing a war on three separate fronts.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Sleep Apnea and Poverty: How Socioeconomics Impacts Proper Diagnosis And Treatment  – “A wide range of serious health problems disproportionately afflict individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. These conditions, which reduce quality of life and shorten lifespan, include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. Other health problems commonly associated with poverty are obesity, pregnancy complications, increased infant mortality, HIV/AIDS and dental disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s “Healthy People 2020,” which sets 10-year national objectives for improving the health of the nation, has prioritized the need to close the gap in these “health disparities.” There are numerous potential targets for improving the health of low-income people, such as improving nutrition and access to health care. In addition, accumulating research points to a need to improve sleep as means for improving alertness and daily functioning, as well as for reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.” >> Read More


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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