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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 24, 2014

iStock_000010219134SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

NPR Shots: Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos – “Latino immigrants in the U.S. say the quality and affordability of health care is better in the U.S. than in the countries they came from, , the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. But many report having health care problems. About a third of immigrant respondents (31 percent) said they’d had a serious problem with being able to pay for health insurance in the past 12 months. And more than 1 in 4 had a serious problem affording doctor and hospital bills and prescription medicines.” >> Read More

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Health Disparities Among U.S. African-American and Hispanic Men Cost Economy More Than $450 Billion Over Four Years – “African-American men incurred $341.8 billion in excess medical costs due to health inequalities between 2006 and 2009, and Hispanic men incurred an additional $115 billion over the four-year period, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, published this week in the International Journal of Men’s Health, looks at the direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities and projects the potential cost savings of eliminating these disparities for minority men in the U.S.” >> Read More

The New York Times: Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups – “As health care coverage under the new law sputters to life, it is already having a profound effect on the lives of poor Americans. Enrollment in private insurance plans has been sluggish, but sign-ups for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor, have surged in many states. Here in West Virginia, which has some of the shortest life spans and highest poverty rates in the country, the strength of the demand has surprised officials, with more than 75,000 people enrolling in Medicaid.” >> Read More

Capsules The KHN Blog: Is The Health Law’s Insurance Website Not Spanish Friendly? – “KHN’s Daniela Hernandez joined CNET en Espanol’s Laura Martinez on NPR’s Tell Me More Friday morning to talk about how Spanish speakers are struggling with the federal website to buy health insurance.” >> Listen to Audio Conversation Here

All Voices: Growing socioeconomic disparities in obesity rates: Access to healthy foods a major problem – “A new study indicates that although obesity rates overall have begun to level-out and even decline in some instances, the problem is growing in some communities. Researchers with Harvard University indicate the gap between wealthy and poor is becoming increasingly evident in our waistlines. But though they identify lifestyle choices with the cause of the disparity, the study seems to miss one glaring contributor.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: MLK Day: His Calls for Equality, Service Are Enduring Legacies – “Like many of us, my friend and colleague Yolanda grew up inspired by the life and lessons of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the example he set, she devoted herself to helping others. Yolanda’s primary passion was for all Americans to be treated equally, and she actively, eloquently pushed for it. Being African-American, she also recognized special needs and challenges facing her people, and she was a leader of those causes, too.” >> Read More

eNews Park Forest: MLK Day Report Underscores Racial Disparities of Health – “January 16 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” This quote is the touchstone of a new report – State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities – the 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Day report from United for a Fair Economy (UFE). State of the Dream 2014 documents the heavy toll that continued racial segregation and concentrated poverty takes on people’s health. High poverty communities often lack adequate healthcare facilities, full-service grocery stores, and green space to walk or jog. These communities also face higher exposure to lead and other toxins, mold, and even industrial pollutants.” >> 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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