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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, July 13, 2012

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

MSNBC: AIDS epidemic in Black America fuels concerns – “Phil Wilson of the Black AIDS institute talks about the premiere of the documentary “Endgame: AIDS in Black America,” which looks at the epidemic in the African-American community fueled by prejudice, silence and stigma.” >> Read More

Latina Lista: Hispanic leaders, experts weigh in on “Obamacare” – “Some six million Latinos would gain a pathway to coverage should the law be fully implemented in 2014, she asserted saying that this would translate to the highest single gain by any ethnic group. Nearly one-third of the nation’s Hispanics are uninsured, as are 20% of African-Americans.” >> Read More

BET: The Racial Divide Regarding the Affordable Care Act – President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not been welcomed with open arms and in a sense has divided the country. On one hand, there are people who support the ACA and believe that our health-care system is broken and this could help fix it. On the other, there are people who believe that they government shouldn’t have this much control over the health care industry or our lives. The issue of who supports the ACA and who doesn’t is also drawn along racial and religious lines, according to a recent survey. The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute days before the Supreme Court made its decision found that “(43 percent) of Americans said that they opposed the Supreme Court overturning the health care law, 35 percent said they were in favor, and around 1-in-5 (21 percent) offered no opinion,” writes Robert P. Jones, founder of the Public Religion Research Institute, in the Huffington Post. >> Read More

Latina Lista: Changing Perceptions of Childhood Obesity Within the Latino Community – “With childhood obesity continuing to hit harder in the Latino community, 30 Hispanic journalists gathered in Los Angeles last month to hear experts talk about solutions. The panel discussion, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), was part of a daylong National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Region 8 Conference at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.” >> Read More

JAAPA: Cultural competence: More than just words – “For any situation in which there is a language barrier, simply gaining a better understanding of the patient’s cultural context as we conduct examinations, order tests, prescribe medications and discuss lifestyle changes will make us better practitioners. Cultural competency is about more than speaking the patient’s language—it is about learning the art of shared communication in a multicultural patient-provider relationship, and I look forward to continuing to improve this in my own practice and evaluating outcomes of cultural competency training on a broader scale.” >> Read More

Hispanic Business: Moving Forward From the Housing Crisis – “During the four-day National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference going on at Mandalay Bay, Nev., pressing issues such as immigration reform, access to health care and unemployment have all been addressed. Yet the one issue that speaks most to the recession’s slippery slope, to the compounding problems faced by Latino families, is perhaps the foreclosure crisis.” >> Read More Minority women need better access to health care to stem infant mortality, says CDC – “Black, Hispanic and other minority women have higher mortality rates than white women, says a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. The study linked the disparity to poor access to health care. That includes greater access to preventive care and preconception and reproductive counseling, the study says.” >> Read  More Founder Of Men’s Health Institute At St. Francis Honored – “Curtis D. Robinson, a prostate cancer survivor who co-founded an institute atSt. Francis Hospital and Medical Center to address racial disparities inmen’s health, recently was honored with the Rosa Parks Lifetime Achievement Award.” >> Read More

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege – “Healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege. This is what we learned last month when the United States Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). “ >> Read More

Psychiatric News: To Understand MH Disparities, Look to R.I.C.E., not Race – “In brief, the issue is not only about “race,” but R.I.C.E.—Race, Immigration, Culture, and Ethnicity, explained Jackson, who received APA’s Solomon Carter Fuller Award at the meeting. “There are both biological and social components of ‘race,’ but the genes that produce visible traits evolved late and have little to do with disease,” he said.” >> Read More

University of Buffalo: Police Officer Stress Creates Significant Health Risks Compared to General Population, Study Finds – “The daily psychological stresses that police officers experience in their work put them at significantly higher risk than the general population for a host of long-term physical and mental health effects. That’s the overall finding of a major scientific study of the Buffalo Police Department called Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) conducted over five years by a University at Buffalo researcher.” >> Read More Minority patients less interested in hospice care – “After adjusting for the characteristics of about 220,000 Medicare heart-failure patients studied, the nonwhite patients were 20% less likely to enter hospice care. The disparities in end-of-life care did not end there. Among patients who opted for hospice, minorities were likelier to visit the emergency department and stay in the intensive care unit. Nonwhites also were about 40% likelier to disenroll — or leave — hospice, the study said.” >> Read More

Image credit: Black Aids Institute – 30 Years is Enuf

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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