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Health Disparities Roundup – April 19, 2013

John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and Host of Where We Live. Photo By: Chion Wolf

John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and Host of Where We Live. Photo By: Chion Wolf

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

Your Public Media: Changing Health Outcomes – “In Connecticut, pregnant black women are 2x more likely to deliver a smaller baby early, Black men are 2x more likely to die of prostate cancer than White men…with overall life expectancy for Black men significantly shorter than for their White peers. But  why does this disparity exist?  And what can we do to change it? Today, where we live, we’ll listen to a live conversation we taped in front of a studio audience as part of our Health Equity Project.”>> Read More

Kaiser Family Foundation: Impact of the Medicaid Expansion for Low – Income Blacks Across States – “As states continue to weigh whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, one important consideration is the impact of the expansion for low-income people of color. While the Medicaid expansion will increase coverage options for all low-income Americans, it will disproportionately impact low-income people of color. To provide greater insight into this potential impact across states, this brief provides data on the uninsured by race and ethnicity across states based on analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey.” >> Read More

FDA: Making Health and Health Care Equal for All – “What exactly are health disparities? And how can they be reduced or eliminated? At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), achieving equality in health and health care is part of the mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH). The office was established in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act to help the agency address the needs of Americans who may be more vulnerable because of their race, ethnicity or other factors. Health disparities, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are differences in health that are associated with social, economic and environmental disadvantages. The National Institutes of Health defines them as differences in “the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden” of diseases among certain population groups.” >> Read More

WonkBlog: Hospitals serving the uninsured face challenge under Obamacare – “Hospitals that treat the most vulnerable patients may have the toughest time weathering spending cuts under President Obama’s health-care law… Under the Affordable Care Act, the safety-net hospitals will gain a new source of revenue when millions of the uninsured gain coverage. At the same time, the law’s spending cuts could prove challenging for hospitals that tend to operate with relatively small profit margins.” >> Read More

Harford Business: CT Health Foundation pushes strategic overhaul – “The state’s largest health foundation is announcing a major strategic overhaul that will include a greater focus on expanding health equity for Connecticut residents. The Connecticut Health Foundation said its new strategy will focus on helping more people—particularly minorities— gain access to better care and it comes just as key components of Affordable Care Act are set to kick in.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Autism Rates Growing Fastest in Latino Children – “The Latino population is one of the fastest growing in terms of incidence of autism,” Jennifer Bogin, Director of the Connecticut Division of Autism Services, said. Higher numbers are attributed to “cultural differences and how the disability is viewed within the family,” she said, adding that some Latino families are less likely to bring their children to a specialist for a diagnosis. “Multi-generational families take a ‘wait and see’ attitude, because maybe the father didn’t begin speaking until he was five.” Sara Reed, of the Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center in Wallingford, said there has not been enough outreach in identifying autism in Latinos.  >> Read More

Huffington Post Black Voices: Church Health Programs Needed, But Not At The Pulpit, African-American Survey Shows –  “In a survey of more than 1,200 members of 11 African-American churches in North Carolina, an overwhelming majority of congregants said they believe that the church has a responsibility to promote healthy living within the community they serve.” >> Read More

RedOrbit: Some Minorities Believe They Are Less Likely To Get Cancer Compared To Whites – “Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues analyzed national data to investigate the differences in cancer prevention beliefs by race and ethnicity. They found that minorities, including blacks, Asians and Hispanics, have differing beliefs about cancer prevention and feel they are less likely to get cancer than did whites. The researchers concluded that more culturally relevant information about cancer prevention and risk needs to reach minority populations.”  >> Read More

Huffington Post: Health Equity for Older LGBT People of Color – “A new policy report from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) seeks to challenge that silence.”Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color” explores 10 policy areas where health and wellness can be improved for older LGBT people of color (a population that encompasses multiple groups that are diverse across race, ethnicity, culture, language of origin and more). The report examines policy topics such as federal funding gaps, the ways in which health reform implementation can reach marginalized people, LGBT-specific barriers within programs such as Social Security and much more.” >> Read More

Image credit: Chion Wolf, WNPR, Where We Live

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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