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Health Disparities Round-Up – May 9, 2014

iStock_000012574056SmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

New York Times: Mortality Drop Seen to Follow ’06 Health Law – “The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, health economists say.” >> Read More

NPR:  The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is ‘Just Not Enough’ – “Here are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers. And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?” >> Read More

LA Times:  CDC: Hundreds of thousands of Americans die unnecessarily every year – If all Americans had equal access to the best preventive care currently available somewhere in the country, roughly 20% to 40% of premature deaths from the five leading causes of death could be avoided, CDC researchers calculated.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Mental Health Wellness Critical to Nation’s Well-Being – “It is estimated that approximately 1 in 4 Americans experiences a diagnosable mental health problem, while 1 in 17 lives with a serious illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. If you turn the 1 in 4 Americans into real numbers, approximately 57 million American adults live with mental illness while 26 million live with an addiction-related problem at a cost of $200 billion a year nationally when you factor in the impact on the family, unemployment, medical care, incarceration, reduced educational attainment and even homelessness.” >> Read More

Vox: How an anti-poverty policy can hurt poor people’s health – “Research has already established that low-income Americans smoke more than the rest of the country. As of 2010, 33 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 annually smoked. Meanwhile, only around 1 in 10 adults earning $50,000 or more were smokers. So when the lower-income Americans get extra money, will they cut back on smoking? Nope. At least, not according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers have found that when earned income tax credit benefits go up, they increase how much recipients smoke.” >> 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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