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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, July 20, 2012

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

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Why telemedicine must become a healthcare priority in America – “A snapshot of the current state of America’s health landscape from the Centers for Disease Control Health Disparities and Inequalities Report paints a very bleak picture. The report indicates that approximately 38 percent of African American women with coronary heart disease die before the age 75, compared to only 19.4 percent of Caucasian women. The statistics are far worse for African American men with coronary heart disease, with close to 62 percent dying before the age of 75 – a number that exceeds Caucasian men’s rate, which currently stands at 41.5 percent.” >> Read More

Frontline: What Is President Obama’s Track Record on HIV/AIDS? – “President Obama has vowed to change those numbers. In July 2010, he announced the first comprehensive National AIDS Strategy, which, drawing on lessons from PEPFAR, aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 25 percent over five years and target more resources at four high-risk groups: African Americans, gay and bisexual men, Latinos, and substance abusers. Other goals include increasing patient access to care, reducing the transmission rate and ensuring individuals know their HIV status. (Currently, one in five HIV-positive individuals doesn’t know they’re infected.)” >> Read More

Huffington Post: What’s Really at Stake with Healthcare – “Let’s be clear – we are talking about the lives of hard-working Americans – our friends, family and neighbors. In Texas, 78% of the uninsured have a working adult in their family. That means employers are not providing health insurance to their employees or their employees’ family members. Medicaid expansion as it is would cover virtually everyone earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level. Currently, that figure is $31,000 for a family of four. You can bet that families earning that much are struggling to make ends meet.” >> Read More

News Medical: New roadmap provides expert guidance on how to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities – “Major disparities exist along racial and ethnic lines in the United States for various medical conditions, but guidance is scarce about how to reduce these gaps. Now, a new “roadmap” has been unveiled to give organizations expert guidance on how to improve health equity in their own patient populations.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Rev. Anthony Lee Gets Tested For HIV In The Pulpit To Promote AIDS Awareness – “At Union Seminary in 1998, the Rev. Anthony Lee helped lead a worship service on World AIDS Day. Tony (as he was called back then) described the pressures of violence and poverty, along with AIDS, in his African-American community in Washington, D.C., and called for a holistic medical, social and spiritual cure. Today, Lee is back in the D.C. area as the founding pastor of a thriving church called Community of Hope, located in Prince George’s County. He is again working in a largely African-American community that suffers from rates of HIV/AIDS similar to some countries in Africa.” >> Read More

The Washington Post: Kathleen Sebelius: The Affordable Care Act has made the U.S. health-care system stronger – “The Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act was a turning point in the health-care debate, a chance to stop refighting old political battles and move forward with implementing and improving a law that is already lowering health-care costs and providing more security for millions of American families. Instead, congressional Republicans will spend Wednesday staging yet another repeal vote.” >> Read More

Courant: Ending State’s Health Care Disparities Vital – “Health coverage alone is not sufficient to eliminate these health disparities, neither does it guarantee good health outcomes. To ensure true access to quality care and good health outcomes, we must actively attend to implementing the initiatives within the act that specifically focus on achieving health equity.” >> Read More

Medical News Today: Reducing Racial Disparities Requires Better Preconception Health Care For Women – “The authors believe that in order to reduce racial disparities in reproductive health outcomes, there needs to better preconception health care for women. Preconception health care is care of women of childbearing age before getting pregnant so that the women and babies are as healthy as possible during pregnancy.” >> 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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