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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, July 6, 2012

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

U.S. Health News: Racial Gap in Kids’ Dental Care Vanishing: Study – “Roughly 50 years ago, “about 60 percent of African-American children had never been to a dentist, compared with 30 percent of white children. By 2010, this gap had completely disappeared as did the gap in yearly dental visits,” said lead author Dr. Inyang Isong, an instructor in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.” >> Read More Rising costs challenge health care reform – “Health care spending continues to rise faster than the rest of the U.S. economy, however, and Connecticut is no exception,” Padilla warned. “Unless that trend is addressed, any gains in coverage and access under the ACA will be short-lived. That is why it is important that we continue to take measures here to rein in health care costs.” >> Read More CDC: Less than half of Americans get key heart attack and stroke prevention services – “Meanwhile, 44% of adults with hypertension had their blood pressure under control and fewer than 8% of tobacco users were prescribed medication to help them quit smoking. About 30% of patients who should be screened for hyperlipidemia were not, the report said. Improving systemwide use of aspirin, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation is a key aim of the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative, a $200 million private-public project launched in September 2011.” >> Read More

The California Report: Tackling Mental Health Disparities Among California’s Latinos – “Latinos make up over one-third of the nation’s population, and they’re the largest racial or ethnic group in California. But they’re also one of the most under-served communities in the state when it comes to getting mental health care.  Access to health insurance, transportation and language services all play into it. As does stigma associated with getting mental health care. Access to care also fluctuates based on ethnicity: Latinos of Mexican descent are less likely to get mental health care than other Latino groups, like Puerto Ricans. The report says about eighty-five percent of Mexican immigrants who need mental health services remain untreated.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Why a Form Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Preferred Language Data? – “Specifically, research identified that health care disparities are responsible for certain groups being less likely to receive cancer screening, appropriate cardiac care, transplants, most effective RA medicines, hip and knee replacements, and effective pain management. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (2009), racial health disparities in infant mortality, chronic disease and many other metrics cost the U.S. health system more than $57 billion a year.” >> 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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