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Health Disparities Round-Up – September 5, 2014

Fresh mixed fruit salad with pineapple, papaya,watermelonJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Science World Report: Extreme Dietary Gaps Reveal Health Disparities in the U.S. – “As the United States continues to make strides towards healthier dietary choices, recent findings show that overall, food quality remains poor, with huge disparities among socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups. “The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded,” said Dong Wang, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, in a news release.” >> Read More

Health Affairs Blog: Advancing Innovation To Eliminate Health Disparities – “The advent of population health management, community-based care coordination, and mobile health technologies provide a promising opportunity to address longstanding and persistent health disparities. Separately each adds a new dimension to research and analysis, and to individual and community-level public health prevention and access to quality care. Together, providers, payers and researchers alike can acquire a richer understanding of contextual, environmental, and behavioral factors that contribute to disparate outcomes in health.” >> Read More

WFMZ-TV: Health Beat: Health disparities in America – “Studies also show minorities are under-represented in clinical trials. African Americans account for only five percent of participants and Hispanics make up one percent. MPH is trying to change that with HealthStreet, an organization that recruits minorities for clinical trials and other services.” >> Read More

Fox News: Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity? – “If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs.” >> Read More

The CT Mirror: How much will Obamacare insurance cost for you next year? – “Wondering what it will cost to buy insurance next year? Here’s a peek, based on the cost of standard plans sold through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange.” >> 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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