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Health Disparities Round-Up – Friday, September 7, 2012

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

Shots: NRP’s Health Blog: Insurer’s Files Show Big Cost Differences For Same Illnesses – “Yes, we’ve seen this before: a study showing large spending disparities to treat similar ailments and little if any link between expenditure and effectiveness. What’s different about a new analysis is the patients. Many reports on cost and quality disparity (the best known is the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care) are based on data from the government’s Medicare program for seniors. But one published in the latest issue of Health Affairs focuses on care provided by nearly 250,000 doctors treating non-elderly patients insured by UnitedHealthcare from 2006 through part of 2009.” >> Read More

Forbes: Black Women Face Health Discrimination in America – When it comes to women’s health and rights, more black women need to be a part of the conversation. We have to be included in discussions on health because women of color regardless of class are disproportionately affected by major health crises affecting U.S. women. African American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. Nationally, black women account for 66 percent of new cases of HIV among women. >> Read More

Huffington Post: Got Solutions? Beyond Denial and Toward Transformation (Part 2) – “As I noted in part 1, white denial about racism and demands for solutions (for the racial injustices often dismissed) go hand in hand. As Mark Anthony Neal brilliantly reminded people in a Facebook status update: “The very essence of ‘privilege’ is when you enter into a space and are fundamentally unaware that not only have you changed the conversation, but have made the conversation about you.” Beyond attempting to turn the conversation into what they want, what these demands fail to recognize is white denial about racism, male denial about sexism, and heterosexual denial about homophobia is problematic and is instrumental in the perpetuation of violence, inequality, and privilege.” >> Read More African-American men at higher risk for prostate cancer – “African-American men have a one in three chance of prostate cancer if just one close relative has the disease. Genetics is one reason for the high numbers in this population. Another is access to health care. What’s scary is that there often are no real symptoms until the cancer is in its late stages.” >> Read More

EmpowHER: Minority Women’s Health: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – “Alcohol and drug abuse are significant problems for many American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Alcohol and drug abuse have been linked to increases in injuries, violence, and mental health problems, including suicide. These problems also are among the top health concerns for American Indians and Alaska Natives.” >> Read More

JAAPA: Social determinants? Health disparities? Making it all fit – “For many of us, when we hear the word disparity, we usually think in terms of medical care. Care with respect to inequities amongst people of all walks of life, race, ethnicity, age, culture, mental and emotional abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We consider things like access to care, insurance to facilitate access, and the availability of providers to provide that care across communities. We consider health inequity and strive to be vigilant for internal and external biases that can affect the care patients receive. Personally, I know I don’t often consider the “social determinants” of health.” >> Read More

VOXXI: A list of top health disparities affecting Hispanics in the U.S. – “Health disparities are a serious concern for one of the nation’s fastest growing minorities, and while many people understand how socioeconomic factors and limited access to insurance hinders the population, not everyone is aware of just how many health disparities affect the Hispanic community in the U.S.” >> Read More Report spells out 6 steps to reduce health disparities – “A six-step process can help physicians and health care organizations tackle the complex task of reducing health disparities by tailoring interventions to the specific communities and patients they serve, says a report in the August Journal of General Internal Medicine.” >> 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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