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Health Disparities Round-Up – May 23, 2014

iStock_000003937111SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

The Atlantic: How Being Poor Makes You Sick – “One in every six Americans lives in poverty–for an individual, that means earning less than $11,670 per year. The immediate lifestyle implications of such an income are clear: It’s not enough to buy a decent one-bedroom apartment in most cities, let alone a gym membership, fresh produce, or access to high-end medical care. A healthy diet, as one study determined last year, costs $1.50 more per day than an unhealthy one.” >> Read More

Colorlines: Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline – “Researchers have clearly established the contours of the pipeline. During the 2011 school year, more than 3 million public school students were suspended and over 100,000 expelled. These students were overwhelmingly black. According to the Department of Education, black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. Save for American Indians, no other racial group experiences such outsized racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline. Indeed, the federal government has said that the racial disparity in punishment levels can’t be explained by differences in kids behavior alone. Importantly, just one of those suspension can double the likelihood that students will drop out of school, and increase the likelihood that students end up in prison.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: The Economic Case for Medicaid Expansion – “From a quick glance at the number of North Carolinians who signed up for healthcare in the first enrollment period, it’s clear that the citizens of our great state not only needed the coverage, but also wanted it. Their resolve to have health care was in spite of the efforts of Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Tom Tillis, who did everything in their power to prevent over 357,000 citizens who signed up, amid the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov, from having access to affordable health care.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: Survey says: CT kids are healthy, adults say they’re healthy, but gaps persist – “The vast majority of Connecticut adults say their health is good, very good or excellent — even though nearly half have diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease or cancer, according to a recent survey. And while Connecticut’s overall population ranks similar to or better than the nation as a whole on many health indicators, blacks and Hispanics in the state fare far worse than their white counterparts. The findings are part of the Connecticut Health Care Survey, a sampling of state residents funded by six foundations. The data is intended to serve as a baseline to measure changes in the population’s health and to inform health policies. >> Read More

The Washington Post: Foreclosures may raise neighbors’ blood pressure, study finds – “The stress of living near a foreclosed home may increase a person’s chances of developing high blood pressure, according to research published Monday in an American Heart Association journal called Circulation. While foreclosures are known to drag down the values of neighboring properties, the new research suggests that they can also undermine the health of the neighbors themselves.” >> Read More

New York Times Well: Where You Live Matters for Lifesaving Liver Transplants – “Broad-shouldered, deeply tanned and in his 50s, the farmer had ignored his worsening fatigue until the morning he realized that the whites of his eyes had turned yellow. His liver was failing, and when a specialist a few towns over informed him that he might not survive the year, he asked for the closest transplant center. The closest transplant center was ours, and it was more than 100 miles away.” >> Read More

From The Atlantic CityLab: By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go? – “For most of the 20th century, Atlanta was known for its public housing. The city had pioneered the concept in the 1930s, opening Techwood Homes as the nation’s first government-owned housing project in 1936. By the early 1990s, the Atlanta Housing Authority owned roughly 14,000 individual units across 43 properties, though more than 5,000 of these dilapidated apartments had been deemed uninhabitable by then. At the time, the city held the dubious title of having the highest proportion of its residents in public housing in the nation.” >> 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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