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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 31, 2014

iStock_000007015318XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

USA Today: Obamacare increases incomes of poorest, study finds – “The Affordable Care Act will “significantly” increase the incomes of Americans who fall in the bottom one-fifth of the income levels, while slightly decreasing — by .8% — the incomes of senior citizens, a new study finds. Those in the bottom one-fifth will see income measurements rise 6%; those in the bottom one-tenth will see an increase of more than 7%, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan think tank.” >> Read More

Colorlines: Study: In Black Men, Internalized Racism Speeds Up Aging – “Racism is a powerful enough force that it can wear down a man’s body. Those are the findings, at once common-sense and groundbreaking, in a study led by University of Maryland epidemiologist David Chae which examines the relationship between white blood cell telomere lengths and experiences with racism. The study, “Discrimination, Racial Bias, and Telomere Length in African-American Men,” to be published in the February 2014 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, is the first of its kind to explicitly measure the role that racism-related factors play in the aging process.” >> Read More

CBS Philly: Advocate Sees Potential In Obamacare To Reduce Health Disparities – “The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is rewriting the insurance landscape but may still not bring equal results to patients. “The Affordable Care Act will affect access to care, but to reduce disparities we have to go beyond access, and we also need to improve the care that we deliver to people,” says Dr. Marshall Chin of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s healthcare disparities project, now 9 years old. He wants to draw attention to how things like language and home circumstances from a dangerous neighborhood to no nearby food stores stack the deck against entire groups of patients.” >> Read More

NewsOne: Health Disparities Among Black, Hispanic Men Hits U.S. Economy – “Black and Hispanic males are bearing the brunt of medical costs because of health disparities and, as a result, men, their families, and the U.S. economy are suffering under the towering burden, according to a new study released by Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. African-American men incurred $341.8 billion in excess medical costs due to health inequalities between 2006 and 2009, according to the study published this week in the International Journal of Men’s Health.” >> Read More

the CT mirror: Anthem making progress, but some customers still waiting – “Close to 20,000 Connecticut residents signed up for Anthem plans through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, expecting to have insurance when the year began. But many customers said they hadn’t received a bill, and the company later acknowledged that it had a backlog in processing payments, which must occur for coverage to take effect. Customers have also complained of long wait times to reach a representative at the company’s call center, and some who needed surgery or other care turned to state officials for intervention.” >> Read More

Michigan State University: Get to root causes: Address poor health outcomes through a health equity lens – “For many years, health educators and public health practitioners have worked to understand health disparities based on race, class and other differences. Health disparities are the differences in health outcomes between two populations. For example, according to a recent Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) report, an African American baby born in Michigan is 2.6 times more likely to die by age 1, compared to a Caucasian infant. While this type of data about health disparities is helpful to describe the disturbing reality of what’s happening within families and communities, it doesn’t explain the reasons why these differences in health outcomes exist.” >> 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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