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Health Disparities Roundup – April 12, 2013

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

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The Kaiser Family Foundation: Immigration Reform and Access to Health Coverage: Key Issues to Consider – “The Obama administration and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently released blueprints for immigration reform proposals that include a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States. Among the key issues to consider as part of immigration reform is to what extent these aspiring citizens will be able to access affordable health coverage options at various stages on the roadway to citizenship.” >> Read More

CNN Health: Helping patients navigate the health care system – “Patient navigation is a relatively new field in the health care industry. A navigator’s primary role is to remove the obstacles patients face in accessing or receiving treatment. More hospitals are creating these positions to help patients traverse an often-confusing medical system.”>> Read More

The Root DC Live: Urban League releases “State of Black America.”  – “There has been important progress in the last 50 years: decrease in poverty, increases in high school graduation rates and enrollment rates,” said Urban League President Marc Morial.  “But the  disparity between  black America and white Americans when it comes to jobs,  income, health care and wealth remain too large.”>> Read More

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: Making Health Equity a Core Part of All Public Health Work – “If you work in public health, a foundational part of your job is health equity. Simply stated, until and unless we address health equity, we will not be a healthy nation… State and territorial health officials are in a unique position to raise awareness and lead state and local action to address health disparities. ASTHO recognizes that to make progress in improving the health of all populations and achieving greater health equity, states must have access to information on effective practices as well as resources to assist in the implementation of effective public health policies and programs.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Choice and Information Are Key to Better Health – “Latinos bear one of the heaviest burdens of obesity in the country. So, now more than ever, developing healthier habits is important. It will take a little bit of re-programming, some planning and whole lot of patience. It will also require access to the right information, nutrition education and learning to practice moderation.” >> Read More

Magic 106.3: Obama Administration: ‘Affordable Care Act’ Can Help Minorities Overcome Health Disparities – “Consider these well-known statistics: About 18.8 percent of African-Americans under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, minorities who live and work in low socioeconomic circumstances are at an increased risk for mortality, and Blacks have a higher death rate than Whites for treatable diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, according to federal statistics. And disparities in the national homicide rate by age, race and ethnicity are evident in the daily headlines, especially among Black males in urban areas, according to the Health Disparities and Inequities report released in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control, the most recent figures available. >> Read More

Kaiser Family FoundationHealth Coverage for the Hispanic Population Today and Under the Affordable Care Act – “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) could help many uninsured Hispanics through the law’s expansion of Medicaid and the creation of new health insurance exchange marketplaces with tax credits to help moderate-income people purchase coverage. This brief provides an overview of the Hispanic population in the U.S., their health coverage today and the potential impact of the ACA coverage expansions.” >> Read More

Courant: Consumers Could Avoid New Health Reform Rules, But Only For A Year – “Health insurance companies are letting millions of Americans renew their current coverage for another year — and thereby avoid changes under the federal healthcare law. That may offer a short-term benefit for certain consumers and shield some of those individual policyholders from potentially steep rate increases. But critics say this maneuver could undermine government efforts to remake the insurance market next year. At issue is a little-known loophole in President Obama’s landmark legislation that enables health insurers to extend existing policies for nearly all of 2014. This runs contrary to the widespread belief that all health insurance must immediately comply with new federal rules starting Jan. 1, when most provisions of the law take effect.” >> Read More

Forbes: Realigning Health with Care – “The U.S. can also get better health with fewer resources if we broaden the healthcare place: “exporting” medical services to easier-to-reach locations like shopping malls and community centers, and “importing” connections to healthy food, safe housing, and other community-based resources into clinics.” >> 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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