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Health Disparities Round-Up – July 10, 2015

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

Connecticut Health Foundation: The Listening Project: What Coverage Really Means – “While Connecticut has one of the most successful health care marketplaces in the country and has covered almost 97% of its residents, studies and stories tell us people find navigating the health care system challenging. For example, many people who have an insurance card—some for the first time—still do not understand what their new coverage means and how to use it to improve their health. As a result, we are launching The Listening Project this month to inspire dialogue with community leaders, consumer advocates, policy makers, payers and providers to rethink what being covered in Connecticut really means.” >> Read more

CT Latino News: Take the Time…Digital Mobile Mammography – “More than 11,000 women have benefited from this life-saving screening in the comfort of their local community center, faith organization, or place of employment. These women were encouraged to take the time to be screened, and many have been referred on for more health services as a result. Based on our success, Hartford Hospital has now upgraded its mobile mammography program to provide digital screening mammograms. Digital mammography is state-of-the-art for screening mammography, more sensitive than film mammography and better able to detect abnormalities.” >> Read more

The Washington Post: Scientists have discovered that living near trees is good for your health – “In a new paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. The research appeared in the open access journal Scientific Reports. The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery — but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes. The researchers, led by psychologist Omid Kardan of the University of Chicago, were able to do so because they were working with a vast dataset of public, urban trees kept by the city of Toronto — some 530,000 of them, categorized by species, location, and tree diameter — supplemented by satellite measurements of non-public green space (for instance, trees in a person’s back yard).” >> Read more

Healthcare Dive: Carena launches virtual clinic for Spanish-speaking patients – The virtual clinic provides care visits via phone or the internet that usually last about 20 minutes. “When we decided to build out our virtual care capabilities with the launch of, we knew we needed to expand these services to reach Iowa’s large number of Spanish-speaking individuals,” said Dr. Patrick Brophy, assistant vice president of eHealth & Innovation at University of Iowa Health Care. Not a bad move given that, as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says, “Your healthcare depends on who you are.” According to RWJF, “Race and ethnicity continue to influence a patient’s chances of receiving many specific healthcare interventions and treatments.” According to foundation estimates, Latinos and African-Americans experience 30% to 40% poorer health outcomes than white Americans, leading not only to shortened lives and increased illness, but systemic costs as well.” >> Read more

Atlanta Blackstar: PTSD and Mental Health Disorders in Black People Linked to Trauma From Racism and Violence – “In this season of racial violence, the public finds itself exposed to real-life scenes of police brutality and gun violence, church burnings, white supremacist massacres and funerals of massacre victims through viral media and the 24-hour news cycle. Moreover, daily exposure to this racism takes a psychological toll on those who are exposed to it, causing PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, which lingers even after the events have subsided, according to a number of reports.” >> 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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