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Health Disparities Roundup – August 2, 2013

iStock_000009453731XSmallJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

CT Mirror: Hartford coalition to target racial, ethnic health disparities – “Nearly a third of black children in the state had a history of asthma in 2008, as did 28 percent of Hispanic children. Among white children, the rate was less than half as high — 13.6 percent. Wooden is part of a Hartford coalition of more than two dozen organizations that has received a national grant to target health disparities that affect black and Latino residents. The grant program, known as REACH — Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grant — is administered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will provide the Hartford group with $150,000 for two years.” >> Read More

SaludToday Blog: Expanding the Effort to Improve the Health and Success of Young Men of Color – “Boys and young men of color are more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend schools that lack the basic resources and supports that kids need in order to thrive. About 44% of Latino males and 46% of African American males do not have a high school diploma, and Latino youth are two times more likely and African-American youth are five times more likely to be involved with the juvenile justice system than their white counterparts. That’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is investing in successful models that can be strengthened and spread to help even more youths.” >> Read More

Medpage Today: ACA Likely to Deliver Bigger Bang in Rural Areas – “The rural uninsured may reap a bigger benefit from the Affordable Care Act than their city-dwelling counterparts, which prompted health policy experts to call for a ramped-up campaign to publicize ACA in rural communities. More rural residents than urban dwellers (10.7% versus 9.6%) can receive tax subsidies under the ACA to purchase private insurance and more uninsured are eligible for an expanded Medicaid program (9.9% versus 8.5%), Keith Mueller, PhD, director of the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis in Iowa City, said.” >> Read More

Health Policy Solutions: Health law alone won’t reverse inequities – “For instance, health inequities cause more than 83,000 excess deaths among African Americans each year, Troutman said. He cited a study titled “What if We Were Equal?” that he and others did for the journal Health Affairs in 2005. When you add excess deaths among Latinos, Troutman said it’s as if a full load of more than 300 people — the same number on the recent Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco — are dying every single day each year.” >> Read More

New York Times: Status and Stress – “This research has cast new light on racial differences in longevity. In the United States, whites live longer on average by about five years than African-Americans. But a 2012 study by a Princeton researcher calculated that socioeconomic and demographic factors, not genetics, accounted for 70 to 80 percent of that difference. The single greatest contributor was income, which explained more than half the disparity. Other studies, meanwhile, suggest that the subjective experience of racism by African-Americans — a major stressor — appears to have effects on health. Reports of discrimination correlate with visceral fat accumulation in women, which increases the risk of metabolic syndrome (and thus the risk of heart disease and diabetes). In men, they correlate with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.” >> Read More

HealthWorks Collective: Racial Health Disparities Among People with Chronic Conditions in the US: Facts and Statistics – “Although overall health has improved in the U.S. population, the benefits are not equally spread across groups. Members of racial and ethnic minority populations face poorer health than whites, often attributed to inadequate access to care, poverty, as well as cultural and communication barriers. These differences, known as health disparities, refer to “population-specific” health outcomes and disease prevalence that reflect social inequalities. Differences in income, race, and ethnicity not only influence the likelihood of being healthy, but also sickness, illness, and morbidity.” >> Read More


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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