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Health Disparities Roundup – August 16, 2013

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

Washington Informer: Suicide among Indian Americans: We’re Depressed, But Who’s Listening? – “Minority communities are less likely to access health care for mental health issues because of the stigma surrounded around depression and other mental health illnesses, according to NAMI. While there is a lack of data related to depression in the South Asian American community, a study released by the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum reported that a higher percentage of South Asian Americans, especially between the ages of 15 to 24, tested positive for symptoms of depression. Young South Asian American women have a higher rate of suicide than the general U.S. population, noted the study, adding that family conflict, anxiety and stress were precursors to depression and suicide in this community.” >> Read More

The New York Times: The Challenge of Helping the Uninsured Find Coverage – “Like many organizations across the country, Ms. Daily’s agency, Northern Virginia Family Service, is hoping to win a federal grant to help uninsured people in the state sign up for coverage under President Obama’s health care law. With the money, she hopes to hire at least a handful of “navigators” — a new category of worker created under the law to educate consumers about new health insurance options and, starting in October, to walk them through the enrollment process.” >> Read More

Norwich Bulletin: Guest Commentary: Poverty is the unseen crisis for many American families – “Unfortunately, we currently have a crisis in this country that has gone largely unnoticed — the growing number of people falling into poverty. It is estimated that 16 percent of Americans now live below the federal poverty level, and 1-in-5 children live in poverty.” >> Read More

New Haven Register: NAACP Report: Blacks underrepresented in Connecticut hospitals – “Among its findings, the report concluded: “African Americans are underrepresented in Connecticut’s healthcare workforce compared with their representation in the general population. Further, African Americans are concentrated at the clerical/technical, semi/unskilled, and ‘other’ position level. Also, the proportion of African Americans in mid-level positions, such as directors, nurses, and other professionals, was unexpectedly low given the relatively large number of such positions at each hospital. African Americans were also underrepresented in C-level positions, including the Board of Directors, CEO, COO, Senior Vice Presidents, and Vice Presidents.” >> Read More

Health Canal: LGBT Identity Data in Health Records Would Improve Care, Reduce Disparities – “In the article “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection in Clinical Settings and in Electronic Health Records: A Key to Ending LGBT Health Disparities” the authors describe overwhelming support for routine collection of SOGI information among LGBT advocacy groups and HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as the support for SOGI data collection in the Healthy People 2020 initiative, and the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.” >> Read More

The Clinical Advisor: Addressing systems quality in health disparities – “Although access to healthcare is an essential piece of addressing disparities, efforts to end racial and other disparities will fail unless they address the other three dimensions, which include systems quality, provider attitudes/cultural competence and social determinants of health inequalites.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Older Latinos Can Get More Exercise through Virtual Adviser – “A new study indicates, a group of older Latinos who participated in a Stanford University study in which they were guided by the virtual adviser had an eight-fold increase in walking compared with those who did not. Published online in the Journal of Health Communication, the study is believed to be among the first “e-health” studies geared toward a non-English speaking, older-adult population with low literacy.” >> Read More

CT Mirror: Health insurance coverage is expanding. So are free clinics – “Between 50,000 and 55,000 people are expected to become eligible for Medicaid as of Jan. 1, when eligibility increases for adults without minor children. Another 80,000 to 100,000 state residents are expected to buy private insurance through Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange. Many are expected to qualify for discounted coverage, subsidized by the federal government.” >> 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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