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Health Disparities Round-Up – January 9, 2015

iStock_000020151776Small (1)Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

U.S. News: Uninsured Rate Falls With Affordable Care Act, Poll Finds – “Since the Affordable Care Act—which expanded Medicaid to more people and provides nationwide coverage based on a sliding scale—was implemented a year ago, the uninsured rate has decreased the most significantly for blacks and low-income Americans earning less than $36,000 a year. The rates dropped about 7 points for both groups during the past year. The Hispanic population, however, is still struggling with a lack of health insurance, with a 32.4 percent uninsured rate, the release said. The group that saw the greatest surge in health care, 18-to 25-year-olds,, dropped to 17.4 percent. The age group with the least health insurance is 26-to 34-year-olds.” >> Read More

Diabetes News Journal: Can Faith Play An Essential Role in Controlling Diabetes? – “Is it possible that religion and faith can influence physical well-being as much as it promotes spiritual healing? Researchers from the UNT Health Science Center will try to understand this phenomenon by partnering with pastors at churches in the southern Dallas County to evaluate the success and effectiveness of preventive health interventions for obesity and diabetes, together with a curriculum that includes faith-based moments and initiatives. The project will progress over five years and will focus on African-American women, since currently available statistical data identifies them to be more likely to become over-weight, and develop diabetes as compared to Caucasian women. Furthermore, African-American women are statistically more inclined to give importance to church and faith, and may be more likely to view health and sickness in a spiritual light.” >> Read More Health care sign-ups steady as uninsured rate hits new low – “Sign-ups under President Barack Obama’s health care law grew slowly but steadily over the New Year’s holiday, as the share of Americans still lacking coverage hit its lowest level in years. The Obama administration reported Wednesday that nearly 103,000 people signed up last week in the 37 states where the federal government is running online health insurance markets, bringing total enrollment for 2015 to 6.6 million in those states. The remaining states are running their own exchanges.” >> Read More

Psych Central: Economic Uncertainty Linked to Poor Diabetes Control – “A new study has found a link between poor diabetes control and a patient’s difficulty in paying for food and medication. For their study, researchers led by Seth A. Berkowitz, M.D., M.P.H., of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston set out to determine the association between economic insecurities and diabetes control and the use of health care resources.” >> Read More

NPR: Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families – “There are 970 students on John Still’s campus, and every one of them qualifies for the free and reduced meal program, which provides breakfast, lunch and a supper snack. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 8.6 million children experienced food insecurity in 2013. When food gaps become chronic in these households, poor nutrition and stress can turn into long-term health consequences for adults and children.” >> 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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