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Health Disparities Roundup – April 26, 2013

No visitors todayJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Huffington Post: Our Diversity is What Will Drive New Levels of Excellence – “Health care is a field that is most affected by the new diversity. There is a growing body of literature, most notably the Institute of Medicine’s 2002 “Unequal Treatment” report, that documents the negative impact of differences in health-care treatments and outcomes between racial groups, and the resulting economic burden to the entire health-care system.” >> Read More

NBC Latino: Mentally deficient immigrant detainees get counsel – “Federal officials are implementing a new policy that guarantees legal counsel to detained immigrants who can’t represent themselves because of severe mental disorders or conditions that render them mentally incompetent. The national policy announced by Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security officials this week comes after a years long legal fight led by the American Civil Liberties Union through a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles. “Providing legal representation to people with significant mental disabilities is not only legally sound, but also the only humane way to run our immigration system,” said Ahilan Arulanantham, an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. About 34,000 immigrants are detained daily and more than 1,000 of them have mental disabilities of some kind, according to the ACLU. >> Read More

New York Times: Racing to Spread Word About New Health Plans – “President Obama and the Democrats passed the 2010 health care law to make medical insurance available to more than 30 million people who do not have it. But with recent studies showing that as many as three-fourths of those people are unaware of their new options, health care providers are joining community organizers and insurance companies in an ambitious effort to spread the word in the six months remaining before the health plans become available. Here in Michigan, a small army of doctors and nurses, hospital employees, insurance agents and advocates for low-income people is mobilizing for the next phase of this revolution in domestic social policy: finding people who are eligible for health insurance and getting them enrolled.” >> Read More

the CT mirror: Strategizing on helping the uninsured with health care reform – “Other discussions focused on how addressing health disparities is not just a social justice matter, but will make employees happier, healthier and more productive. Still others focused on the idea of creating a “patient centered health home” in which the health care provider takes responsibility for all their patients’ health care needs, such as following up on tests and arranging visits with specialists” >> Read More

Huffington Post: One Can Of Soda A Day Raises Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests – “Drinking just one 12-ounce soda a day may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, a new study from Europe suggests. In the study, people who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soda daily were 18 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes over a 16-year period compared with those who did not consume soda. And people who drank two sodas daily were 18 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who drank one; those who drank three sodas daily saw the same risk increase compared with those who drank two, and so on.” >> Read More

Health Works Collective: Embracing Technology and Providing Care: The Role of Email and Texting in the Patient Encounter – “As we become more connected as a society, it is inevitable that healthcare moves toward more of a virtual online presence as well. Telemedicine and remote follow up is becoming more common… The WSJ piece profiles a few physicians and highlights the way in which each uses email to communicate with patients. Based on recent national surveys, it appears that currently nearly 30% of physicians communicate via email to their patients. Nearly 18% actually used text messaging to interact with patients. Estimates suggest that only 5% of American patients included in the survey use email or text to communicate with their physicians or other healthcare providers.” >> 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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