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Health Disparities Round-Up – March 14, 2014

Three elevator doors in corridor of office buildingJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week

CT Latino News: “No Wrong Door” For Health Insurance: Latinos Stand To Gain – “The “No Wrong Door” (NWD) initiative, set to be implemented by the end of next year, is designed to work in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act to move massive numbers of uninsured minorities, including Latinos, into the health insurance system by making enrollment easier. However, NWD was mandated by the ACA to be ready in October of last year.  It is a system that would allow consumers, who may ‘knock’ on different doors for health insurance coverage – some of which may not be opened – to be seamlessly routed to the program that best meets their needs.” >> Read More

The Washington Post: New health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, two surveys find – “The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal, according to a pair of new surveys. Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new marketplaces enrolled as of last month, one of the surveys shows. The other found that about half of uninsured adults have looked for information on the online exchanges or planned to look.” >> Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Aetna Recognized for Reducing Health Care Inequality – “Aetna (NYSE: AET) was honored today by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) with the 2014 Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities Award. Aetna is a three-time recipient of the award that recognizes organizations for their commitment to equality in health care and exceptional support for cultural diversity. “On behalf of the National Business Group on Health, I am pleased to announce that Aetna has been selected as a winner of the fourth annual Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities Award,” said Helen Darling, president and CEO of National Business Group on Health. “Their ongoing effort to address disparities for African Americans and Hispanics with diabetes in the Texas region is certainly one to be commended. We applaud their focus to expand and grow efforts to address specific health care inequities.”” >> Read More

LA Times: What makes a community healthy? – “Patients begin lining up outside Capitol City Family Health Center before the doors open at 7:30 a.m. The clinic, on a ragged stretch of the boulevard that separates the black and white sections of town, is a refuge for thousands of this old southern capital’s poorest and sickest residents. They come seeking relief from diabetes, heart disease and other debilitating illnesses.” >> Read More

The National Journal: Teasing Out the Effects of Culture and Background on Personal Health – “The goal that Lorraine Speaks has set for herself seems simple: Eat better. Barely 5 feet tall, the 58-year-old weighs 240 pounds. To lose weight, she knows she’ll have to cut back on processed foods and the bags of miniature cookies that are her go-to snack. Three weeks into a weight-loss program at the 11th Street Family Health Services here in North Philadelphia, instructor John Kirby helps Speaks focus. He suggests she aim for three servings of fruits and vegetables daily. It’s a good goal, Speaks says, but do canned vegetables count? In the transitional housing facility where she lives, the kitchen is shared and fridge space is limited, so keeping fresh vegetables is difficult.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Op-ed: The challenge: Open communities – “Connecticut and the country are going through a demographic shift. By 2042, the U.S. will be majority-minority. The population of color in Connecticut has grown from 12 percent in 1980 to 29 percent in 2010, and if it were not for this increase, the state would have negative population growth. Diversity is Connecticut’s future, including the future of its economy. Connecticut also has significant disparities by race and ethnicity in health, educational achievement and incarceration rates, among other measures. Blacks and Latinos earn about half of what Whites earn. We are one of the most racially segregated states in the country. Yet we are also a state rich in resources. To promote social justice and economic prosperity, Connecticut’s challenge is to ensure that our growing population of color – our workforce of the future – has access to the building blocks for success in life.” >> Read More

New York Times: Why Black Women Die of Cancer – “SINCE the early 1970s, studies have shown that black Americans have a higher death rate from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. This is especially true when it comes to breast cancer. A study published last week in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that, in a survey of 41 of America’s largest cities, black women with breast cancer are on average 40 percent more likely to die than their white counterparts. The principal reason for this disparity is the disconnect between the nation’s discovery and delivery enterprises — between what we know and what we do about sick Americans.” >> 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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