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Health Disparities Round-Up – July 11, 2014

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

CNBC 25: Obamacare’s big winners: young adults, Latinos and poor – “Three groups that long had the toughest time affording health insurance were the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare’s goal of reducing the number of people without coverage, a new survey shows. The Commonwealth Fund survey found that those groups—young adults, Latinos and the poor—saw larger drops in their uninsured rates after the launch of Obamacare than any other group. The uninsured rate for people age 19 to 34 years old fell from 28 percent last summer to 18 percent as of June—meaning there were 5.7 million fewer uninsured young adults.” >> Read More

The Latino Post: Almost Half of Young Latino Males Uninsured, According to Reports – A report issued by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has pinpointed young Latino males as one of the highest uninsured groups in the nation. According to the report, 43 percent of uninsured males ages 18-24 are Latino. When examining uninsured males ages 25-34, about 42 percent are Latino.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Mapping the HIV Epidemic to Improve Prevention and Care – “Today, more Americans are aware of their HIV status than ever before, however one in six Americans with HIV do not know that they are HIV-positive. HIV testing saves lives. It allows those living with the virus to access lifesaving treatments that can drastically reduce the risk of HIV transmission to others. But, despite recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that everyone age 13-64 be tested for HIV routinely, only half of Americans have been tested at least once in their lifetime. Undiagnosed HIV infections contribute to the approximately 50,000 Americans who continue to become infected with HIV each year and the 130 Americans who become newly infected with HIV each day.” >> Read More

Saludify: Hispanics lack mental health services; bringing the clinic to them might help – “Hispanics are a high-risk group for mental health issues according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and not do Hispanics suffer higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, they suffer many disparities when it comes to getting psychological and psychiatric treatment. As few as 1 in 20 Hispanics with mental health issues seek professional mental health care, indicates NAMI, and those who do seek care often look to alternative sources–like the clergy– for advice. But when it comes to addressing the issues seen at the core of the Hispanic mental health disparities, some experts believe more attention should be paid to socioeconomic factors rather than the issue of race and ethnicity. This means putting the focus on reaching single-parents, improving outreach programs through schools and findings ways to reach all individuals who are low-income, not just Hispanics.” >> Read More

Vox: The giant problem American health care ignores – “Lots has been written about how high health care costs in the US are, and how mediocre outcomes are relative to those high costs. The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less offers a new way of looking at the issue. Health reform efforts have emphasized health insurance and medicine, sidelining social service programs like nutritional support and housing assistance — programs that can be influential for keeping people healthy and producing health, instead of just reacting when people fall ill, like the health care system often does. Ignoring the social side of health is a problem, and it’s a problem that’s been plaguing the United States for decades.” >> 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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