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Health Disparities Round-Up – November 22, 2013

Nurse Making Notes During Home Visit With Senior CoupleJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Kaiser Health News: Hispanics Interested In ‘Having Providers Who Can Appreciate Their Culture,’ Medical Leader Says – “Dr. Elena V. Rios is president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which she  founded in 1994 and which advocates on behalf of the nation’s 45,000 Hispanic health care professionals. One of the goals in the Affordable Care Act is building diversity in the health care workforce. The number of Hispanics attending medical school continues to increase, rising to 1,826 enrollees, according to an October 2013 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Despite that increase, Hispanics represent only slightly more than 9 percent of the enrollees compared with their nearly 17 percent of the population, making health care work force diversity a continuing challenge for the NHMA.” >> Read More

NBC Connecticut: Religious Groups Encourage Health Care Enrollment – “On any given Sunday, you’ll hear a sermon, a prayer and a message about health care at the Buckingham Congregational Church in Glastonbury. “Trying to get people involved in the conversation, educated, and now it’s in outreach mode,” said Pastor Lindsey Levenson.” >> Read More

New York Times: Medicaid Help Without Falling Into Poverty  – “The exact qualifications for Medicaid vary by state and will continue to do so. Most states now will cover nursing home expenses for someone whose income is $2,130 or less each month and who has $2,000 or less in assets, not including the primary residence. The threshold is substantially lower for at-home care. In New York the monthly income limit for receiving care at home is $800, or $1,175 for a couple. Any surplus that materializes must be spent on the patient’s care for that person to remain eligible.” >> Read More

CT Post: Quiet epidemic in state health care – “A silent epidemic is moving through our economy that is costing job growth and opportunity as one of the state’s leading job creating sectors is quietly cutting positions and pulling back on hiring. While the impact is far less dramatic than massive layoffs, the significance of this retrenchment cannot be lost on policy makers in Connecticut. It carries significant implications for a state struggling to rebound.” >> Read More

New York Times: Consider the Whole Patient –“ Scientific evidence is essential to the advancement of the medical field, yet science often gives us incomplete information. Thus, it is vital that clinicians keep the whole patient, in all his or her complexity, at the center of care. The new recommendations for statin use are a step in that direction as they emphasize the importance of looking at the whole patient, and not just at the cholesterol number. It would be beneficial to emphasize more lifestyle and non-drug factors, which used to be looked at with skepticism, but are now accepted as a standard part of care. They should be even more integrated with treating conditions like heart disease.” >> Read More

The Nation: Inequality is (literally) killing America – “It’s no secret that this sort of economic inequality is increasing nationwide; the disparity between America’s richest and poorest is the widest it’s been since the Roaring Twenties. Less discussed are the gaps in life expectancy that have widened over the past twenty-five years between America’s counties, cities and neighborhoods.” >> Read More

Post Tribune: ‘More than a website,’ ACA expands health care in communities with limited access – “While the Affordable Care Act faces problems with the web site rollout, a number of features in the law expands care in communities with limited access. Health disparities for lower income and minority populations were part of the discussion Wednesday between legislative leaders and health care professionals at a reception hosted by Northwest Indiana Health Disparities Council.” >> 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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