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Health Disparities Roundup – April 5, 2013

iStock_000021710711XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

Think Progress: CDC Targets Anti-Smoking Efforts At LGBT Community: ‘This Is A Justice And Equity Issue’ – “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just rolled out a new anti-smoking campaign highlighting the negative effects of tobacco-related illnesses. The agency wants to emphasize all of the ways that smoking can indirectly impact a wider circle of people, like smokers’ loved ones or people breathing in secondhand smoke in public places. CDC officials also hope to influence a demographic they are particularly concerned about reaching: the LGBT community.” >> Read More

Los Angeles Times: Healthcare an obstacle as Republicans court Latinos – “Surveys indicate that close to 30% of Latino citizens and legal permanent residents lack health insurance. By comparison, just 11% of white and 17% of black Americans are uninsured, according to the latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Starting next year, the health law will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to low-income Americans and legal residents to help pay insurance premiums. Illegal immigrants cannot receive these subsidies. The law will also provide states with additional federal aid if they open their Medicaid programs to more of their poor residents. That, too, will likely disproportionately benefit Latinos, nearly 30% of whom rely on government health insurance, at twice the rate of white Americans.”  >> Read More

BET: Commentary: Why Are Black Abortion Rates So High? – “A recent study about national abortion rates and African-American female teens has stirred a huge debate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion rates among Black women are much higher than we thought: They are four times the rate of white women. The report found that on average, 41 in 1,000 pregnancies among Black women (ages 15-19) are terminated compared to 10 among white women and 20 among Latinas.” >> Read more

Think Progress: States Rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Are Missing An Opportunity To Save Lives – “Medicaid protects the most vulnerable people in our society — children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities. Not surprisingly, the NEJM study found that mortality reductions were greatest among non-whites and residents of poorer counties. People of color represent 57 percent of the total Medicaid population and the majority of people that receive coverage through Medicaid are low-income women and children.” >> Read More

EmaxHealth: African-American Children with Autism May Not Get Needed Early Intervention – “New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the rate of newly diagnosed children with autism in the United States continues to skyrocket. About one in 50 school children have the condition, per statistics released last month. However, some children, especially African-American children and families in other minority groups are still being diagnosed later which can interfere with successful treatment. Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders with symptoms varying from one child to the next. Children typically have difficulties in three areas: social impairment, communication difficulties, and stereotyped behaviors or restricted interest.”  >> Read More

New York Times: Hospitals Question Medicare Rules on Readmissions – “Under the new federal regulations, hospitals face hefty penalties for readmitting patients they have already treated, on the theory that many readmissions result from poor follow-up care. It makes for cheaper and better care in the long run, the thinking goes, to help patients stay healthy than to be forced to readmit them for another costly hospital stay. So hospitals call patients within 48 hours of discharge to find out how they are feeling. They arrange patients’ follow-up appointments with doctors even before a patient leaves. And they have redoubled their efforts to make sure patients understand what medicines to take at home. But hospitals have also taken on responsibilities far outside the medical realm: they are helping patients arrange transportation for follow-up doctor visits, get safe housing or even find a hot meal, all in an effort to keep them healthy.”  >> 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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