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Health Disparities Round-Up – May 30, 2014

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

WNPRNews: Poll: Latinos Underinformed On Obamacare – “A new poll by a non-profit working to get people health insurance coverage say that a lack of understanding hindered Obamacare enrollment for at least one demographic groups: Latinos. The poll was released by the group Enroll America, and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment. It surveyed about 1,500 people in April.” >> Read More

USA Today: The cost of not caring: Nowhere to go – “More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows. The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hard in emergency rooms, county jails and city streets. The lucky ones find homes with family. The unlucky ones show up in the morgue.” >> Read More

Wtnh.com: Connecticut DPH targets chronic diseases – “early 60 percent of people in Connecticut deal with one or more chronic disease — illnesses such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has a plan to fight this burden of chronic diseases. The key to a healthy state is preventing and managing these diseases which in turn impacts the cost of health care. “That’s why we also need to come together to advance change to the systems and environments which determine the way we can move through life and live,” said commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen.” >> Read More

The Washington Post: Lung cancer disparity: African Americans more likely to be diagnosed – “In a 2010 report entitled “Too Many Case, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans,” the American Lung Association declared that there is a “disparity by race” relating to the rates of diagnosis and mortality among African Americans suffering from lung cancer. Although African Americans’ exposure to cigarette smoke is lower, the report found, African Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer more than other groups and suffer higher mortality rates. The disparity may be attributed to “an intricate interaction of biological, environmental, political and cultural factors,” the report says.” >> Read More

WNPR News: How Healthy Is Connecticut? – “Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have? It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the Connecticut Health Care Survey. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.” >> Read More

NBC News: The Future of Health Care in America? Think Hispanic – “They’re on the go, living their lives on smartphones and using social media. They’re skipping the doctor more and more, relying instead on pharmacists for medical advice. And they want to save money. A new report shows that Hispanics represent a large, mostly untapped market for health care companies. And while this demographic has largely been left behind in the U.S. health care system, that is about to change.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Where You Live Can Determine How Long You Live – “For proof, look to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings, which ranks almost every U.S. county within a state on a range of measures that reflect what makes people sick, or healthy. Now in its fifth year, the rankings, compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, goes far beyond standard measures of health such as rates of chronic disease or access to medical resources. They also measure such important indicators as education levels, poverty, commute times, quality of housing, access to fresh food, and clear air and water. The rankings make it glaringly clear that it is not access to quality medical care that dictates a county’s health outcomes. In fact, research shows that medical care accounts for only 10 to 15 percent of preventable early deaths. Rather, it is the variations in income, education, race, ethnicity, and the environment that explain much of the difference. The County Health Rankings are a stark illustration of what research has already uncovered: That college graduates can expect to live five years longer than high school dropouts; that middle income people can expect to live five years less than higher income people; and that poor people are three times more likely to suffer from chronic illness than middle and higher income people.” >> 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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